Windom 21-14-13-07 = 55 SJA 12-06-00-07 = 25 The Windom Eagle defense clamped down in the second half while the offense erupted for its biggest performance in years Saturday, leading to a 55-25 victory over St. James Area in a game played at New Ulm.
The early stages of the game were back and forth, with the Eagles and Saints trading touchdowns through the early portion of the second quarter. But after the Saints cut the Windom lead to 21-18, the Eagles scored back-to-back touchdowns, taking a 35-18 halftime advantage.
Windom then scored three straight touchdowns in the second half before the Saints closed the game with a late touchdown.
Windom got on the board first, scoring on a 16-yard run from Wyatt Minion. Juan Saavedra's extra-point kick gave the Eagles an early 7-0 lead.
St. James answered with a score, cutting the deficit to 7-6, but failed on the two-point conversion try. On the ensuing kickoff, Alex Borsgard fielded the kick, found a seam and raced 78 yards for a touchdown and a 13-6 Eagle lead.
The Saints again answered, but the Eagles were able to close the first quarter with a 13-yard Minion touchdown run and a two-point conversion for a 21-12 advantage.
St. James scored on a touchdown pass early in the second quarter, but the Eagles closed the first half strong. Zach Wormstadt reeled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Luke Gilbertson and Minion tacked on a 16-yard touchdown run, giving the Eagles a 35-18 halftime advantage.
Windom then started the second half with a big play as Gilbertson found Borsgard behind the defense for a 75-yard touchdown strike.
Later in the third quarter, Jabari Carlton smashed through the Saint defense for an 18-yard touchdown run, giving the Eagles a 48-18 lead.
Carlton closed out the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown reception from Gilbertson, giving the Eagles a 55-18 lead before the Saints scored a late touchdown run.
Gilbertson completed 14-of-15 passes for a career-high 266 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
Minion rushed 16 times for 97 yards. Borsgard had three receptions for 102 yards. Minion had five catches for 47 yards.
MLA 06-00-08-00 = 14 RRC 13-00-00-07 = 20 Red Rock Central's homecoming game Friday night turned into a road game, with the Falcons needing a late rally to defeat Mt. Lake Area 20-14.
The game was moved from Lamberton to Mt. Lake due to unplayable field conditions in Lamberton.
RRC started the game strong, as Sam Hansen dashed for a 4-yard touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead.
MLA answered as Abraham Stoesz scored on a 6-yard run, cutting the Falcon lead to 7-6.
The Falcons stretched the lead to 13-6 late in the first quarter when Garrett Marsh hooked up with Brady Rasmussen for a 20-yard touchdown.
It stayed that way until the third quarter when the Wolverines took the lead. Stoesz found Drake Harder in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown, then hit Adam Karschnik for the two-point conversion pass for a 14-13 MLA lead.
But RRC kept its undefeated season alive by rallying in the fourth quarter. A 66-yard run by Hansen set up a 1-yard sneak by Marsh for the game-winning score with just over two minutes to play.
Hansen finished the game with 227 yards rushing on 26 carries. Marsh completed 7-of-16 passes for 61 yards. Rasmussen had three catches for 40 yards for the Falcons.
For MLA, Stoesz completed 18-of-31 passes for 150 yards. Jeff Wright rushed nine times for 70 yards. Harder had seven catches for 67 yards.
WWG 06-08-00-16 = 30 RCW 00-14-14-06 = 34 Westbrook-Walnut Grove rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Renville County West converted a long pass to set up the game-winning touchdown late in the game, defeating WWG 34-30 Friday in Danube.
The Chargers jumped to a 14-0 lead on a 28-yard run from Andrew Quade in the first quarter and a 17-yard pass from Anthony Ross to Kyle Kuehl early in the second.
But RCW answered with four straight touchdowns, tying the game at 14-14 at halftime, then taking a 28-14 lead after three quarters.
WWG battled back, scoring on a 1-yard Quade run to cut the gap to 28-22, then scoring on a 1-yard Kuehl run for a 30-28 lead.
But the Jaguars, who passed for 300 yards in the game, hit a 50-yard completion on a fourth down play, setting up the game-winning touchdown.
Ross completed 16-of-27 passes for 167 yards in the loss. Quade rushed 30 times for 161 yards while Kuehl rushed 16 times for 78 yards. Nathan Ross had seven catches for 101 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: vs. Redwood Valley, Oct. 13 MLA: vs. HLO (at Mt. Lake), Oct. 13 RRC: at WWG (Westbrook), Oct. 13 WWG: vs. RRC (at Westbrook), Oct. 13