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Thursday, June 13, 2024

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Eagle rally comes up short; Wolverines edge Coyotes

Windom 00-06-06-16 = 28
MCC 07-14-14-00 = 35

A furious second half rally came up just short for the Windom Eagles Friday night, as the Eagles dropped a 35-28 decision to Murray County Central in Slayton.

The Rebel offense got on the board with a short touchdown run in the first quarter. MCC then blocked a punt early in the second, recovering it in the end zone for a 15-0 lead.

Windom cut the deficit to 15-6 on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Quintin Tietz to Tucker Renquist, but MCC stretched the lead to 21-6 at halftime on a 57-yard touchdown run.

Early in the third, the Rebels scored on a quarterback sneak for a 27-6 lead, but the Eagles cut the deficit to 27-12 on a 5-yard Tietz touchdown run.

MCC added a touchdown run, taking a 35-12 lead before the Eagles scored on a 1-yard pass from Tietz to Renquist, cutting the deficit to 35-20.

The Eagle defense then stiffened in the fourth quarter, forcing a pair of Rebel punts. Windom took the first for a lengthy scoring drive, capped with a 13-yard run by Tietz and a two-point conversion.

Windom got the ball back with time running out and was able to drive down to the MCC 18-yard line, but an interception at the goal line gave MCC the ball and allowed the Rebels to run out the clock.

Tietz rushed 13 times for 90 yards and completed 21-of-45 passes for 328 yards in the loss. Stevie Meyer added 10 carries for 33 yards. Karson LaCanne had six catches for 86 yards, while Renquist had four catches for 75 yards.

MLA 00-13-00-00 = 13
HLOF 00-00-06-00 = 06

Mt. Lake Area’s defense proved to be up to the challenge in the fourth quarter Friday night, coming up with a critical goal-line stand late to preserve a 13-6 win over Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda at Fulda.

The Wolverines struggled to sustain momentum on offense much of the game, as the Coyotes held the MLA ground game in check.

But the Wolverines passing attack kept MLA afloat, accounting for both Wolverine touchdowns.

MLA scored in the second quarter on a 54-yard pass from Jake Evers to Ethan Rahn. Evan Karschnik’s extra point kick gave MLA a 7-0 lead.

Then, late in the half, Evers hit Karschnik down the sideline for a 66-yard touchdown strike. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the Wolverines with a 13-0 halftime lead.

HLOF was able to put together a nice drive in the third quarter, marching into Wolverine territory and scoring on a 1-yard sneak by Brenton Erdmann. The two-point conversion failed, leaving MLA’s lead at 13-6.

Then, in the fourth quarter, the Coyotes drove deep into Wolverine territory, but on fourth-and-goal from the MLA 5, the Wolverines sniffed out a sweep for a short gain, turning the ball over on downs.

With time running out, HLOF tried to mount another drive, starting around its own 30, but an incomplete pass on fourth down allowed the Wolverines to kneel out the clock.

Evers completed 7-of-16 passes for 200 yards and rushed 23 times for 90 yards in the win.

Rahn had three catches for 103 yards. Karschnik rushed 15 times for 18 yards.


RRC 07-07-08-08 = 30
NUC 00-08-08-06 = 22

Red Rock Central’s offense was up to the task, even without one of its top players Friday night, as the Falcons held on late for a 30-22 victory over New Ulm Cathedral at Johnson Park in New Ulm.

The Falcons played without leading rusher Carter Therkilsen due to injury.

In his absence, the Falcons went to the air, with senior quarterback Isaac Simonson passing for 232 yards and three touchdowns.

RRC got on the board in the first quarter on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Simonson to Jake Jackson. Quintyn Vold’s extra point kick gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead.

RRC stretched the lead to 14-0 on a 17-yard strike from Simonson to Vold.

Cathedral battled back, taking a 16-14 lead early in the third quarter after a pair of touchdowns, but the Falcons answered with a 3-yard touchdown run from Abe Stavnes and a two-point conversion.

The Falcons stretched the lead to 30-16 early in fourth when Simonson hit Vold for a 62-yard touchdown pass.

Stavnes led the Falcons on the ground with 38 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Vold had seven catches for 165 yards.

Next games: Check for updates after each game.
Windom: vs. TMB, Sept. 23
MLA: vs. HBC (at Mt. Lake), Sept. 22
RRC: at Cedar Mountain (Morgan), Sept. 29

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