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SECTION FOOTBALL: Eagles stun Arrows; Wolverines roll in opener

Windom 00-12-00-06 = 18
Pipestone 00-00-07-07 = 14

The Windom Eagle defense, with its backs to the wall, came up big down the stretch Tuesday night, allowing the Eagles to preserve an 18-14 victory at Pipestone in the opening round of the Section 3AA playoffs.

It marked the Eagles’ first playoff victory since the 2015 season.

An intercepted pass late in the fourth quarter gave Pipestone the ball inside Eagle territory. But a critical quarterback sack by Carter Rossow punctuated a night where the Eagles harassed Pipestone’s passing game throughout. On fourth down, the Arrows completed a pass, but the receiver was tackled a yard shy of the sticks, allowing the Eagles to run out the clock.

Windom’s offense took to the air early and often in the game. In the second quarter, quarterback Quintin Tietz heaved a bomb down the left sideline that Kevin Bleess chased down. Bleess then outsprinted the defense to the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown and a 6-0 Eagle lead.

Then, with time running out in the first half, the Eagles marched 66 yards to paydirt in eight plays, capped when Tietz found Tucker Renquist in the back corner of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown strike. That gave the Eagles a 12-0 halftime lead.

Pipestone put together a solid scoring drive in the third quarter, capped with a 12-yard touchdown run, cutting the Eagle lead to 12-7.

But early in the fourth quarter, Tietz fired a bomb down the left sideline that Bleess leaped to pluck away from an Arrow defender. Bleess then ran uncontested to paydirt for an 18-7 lead.

Pipestone battled back, scoring on a 28-yard touchdown pass, making the score 18-14.

The Arrows forced an Eagle punt on their next drive, but Windom’s defense turned the Arrows away on fourth down.

Then, with Windom hoping to run out the clock, the Arrows intercepted a pass, with a touchdown-saving tackle by Tietz stopping the returner at the Eagle 42. But on fourth-and-9 from the Eagle 41, a pass completion was stopped a yard short, allowing the Eagles to run out the clock.

The Arrows held the Eagles to 17 yards on the ground, but Tietz completed 19-of-31 passes for 246 yards. Bleess had eight catches for 143 yards, while Renquist had three catches for 59 yards.

HLOF 00-00-08-14 = 22
MLA 00-22-14-07 = 43

Mt. Lake Area found its offensive footing in the second quarter Tuesday night and eventually rolled to a 43-22 victory over Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda in the Section 3 Nine-Player playoffs at Mt. Lake.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Wolverines got on the board early in the second when Jake Evers hit Chase Anacker with a 40-yard scoring strike for an 8-0 lead.

Later in the quarter, Ethan Rahn scored on a 1-yard plunge for a 16-0 lead. Then, right before halftime, Anacker hauled in his second scoring catch of the game from six yards out, giving MLA a 22-0 halftime lead.

The Wolverines continued to roll on offense in the third, as Rahn pulled in a 25-yard scoring strike from Evers.

After HLOF scored and force a Wolverine turnover, the Wolverines returned the favor, as Evan Karschnik picked off a pass and raced 56 yards to paydirt, giving MLA a 36-8 lead.

The Wolverines stretched the lead to 43-7 in the fourth, as Rahn scored on a 1-yard run.

Rahn led MLA on the ground with 84 yards on six carries. Karschnik rushed 12 times for 74 yards and Evers had 10 carries for 62 yards.

Evers completed 4-of-13 passes for 75 yards. Anacker had two catches for 46 yards and two scores.

Section 2 9P game postponed

The lone game on the schedule in Section 2 Nine-Player wound up being postponed, as heavy rain and lightning forced the game between Nicollet and Renville County West to be pushed back to Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Nicollet.

The winner of that game will face top-seeded Red Rock Central Saturday in Westbrook starting at 2 p.m.

Next games: Check for updates after each game.
Windom: at Redwood Valley, Oct. 28
MLA: at Edgerton, Oct. 28
RRC: vs. Nicollet/RCW winner (at Westbrook), Oct. 28

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