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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

SECTION FOOTBALL: Eagles fall to Cardinals; Falcons head to finals

Windom 00-08-06-06 = 20
RV 21-14-07-07 = 49

Turnovers in the first half doomed the Windom Eagle football team Saturday afternoon, allowing Redwood Valley to take a commanding lead on its way to a 49-20 victory in the Section 3AA semifinals at Redwood Falls.

The Eagles turned the ball over three times in the opening quarter, with the Cardinals converting each turnover into points.

Redwood Valley opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run. Then, after the Eagles fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, the Cardinals struck on the very next play, scoring on a 24-yard pass.

Redwood added a 35-yard touchdown pass shortly after the Eagles threw an interception, taking a 21-0 lead after one quarter.

Windom capitalized on a Cardinal turnover, as Redwood Valley fumbled on a punt attempt. The Eagles scored early in the second quarter on a 14-yard pass from Quintin Tietz to Charlie Erickson. Hayden Tietz caught the two-point pass, cutting the deficit to 21-8.

But the Cardinal ground game rumbled the rest of the second quarter, as Redwood scored on a 1-yard sneak and a 16-yard run, taking a 35-8 halftime lead.

The Cardinals stretched the lead to 42-8 in the third quarter before the Eagles scored on a 9-yard pass from Erickson to Hayden Tietz.

Redwood added a 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter before the Eagles closed the scoring on an 11-yard pass from Erickson to Tucker Renquist on the final play of the game.

Quintin Tietz rushed 11 times for 50 yards and completed 3-of-6 passes for 27 yards. Erickson completed 10-of-19 passes for 161 yards. Hayden Tietz had four catches for 71 yards.

RCW 00-00-06-00 = 06
RRC 00-14-00-06 = 20

Red Rock Central’s defense turned Renville County West aside in the second half Saturday and the Falcon offense did just enough down the stretch to claim a 20-6 victory in the Section 2 Nine-Player semifinals, played at Westbrook.

The Falcons forced an interception and recovered a fumble to shut down a pair of Jaguar drives. Meanwhile, RRC had one solid drive in the second half that led to points.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons got on the board early in the second, when Carter Therkilsen found a seam and raced 68 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion pass from Isaac Simonson to Jayden Lang gave the Falcons an 8-0 lead.

The Falcons then forced a Jaguar punt late in the half. RRC took over at the RCW 41 and drove 12 plays, scoring with time running out in the half on a 3-yard pass from Simonson to Quintyn Vold for a 14-0 halftime lead.

RCW started the second half with its best drive of the game, marching 80 yards in 12 plays and eating up over half of the third quarter clock. A quarterback sneak capped the drive for the Jaguars, cutting the Falcon lead to 14-6.

But early in the fourth quarter, the Falcons played keep-away from the Jaguars, marching 83 yards in 17 plays and chewing up over half of the fourth-quarter clock. Vold hauled in a swing pass from Simonson and dove into the end zone from 6-yards out, giving RRC the 20-6 victory.

Therkilsen rushed 34 times for 185 yards in the win. Simonson completed 8-of-19 passes for 56 yards. Vold had four catches for 20 yards.

MLA 00-00-08-08 = 16
Edgerton 16-14-14-12 = 56

Mt. Lake Area couldn’t slow down a powerful Edgerton ground game Saturday, as the Dutchmen rumbled to a 56-16 victory in the Section 3 Nine-Player semifinals at Edgerton.

The Dutchmen churned out 362 yards on the ground in the game and scored seven touchdowns on the ground.

Trailing 30-0 at halftime, the Wolverines were able to get on the board early in the third quarter, when Jake Evers hit Caleb Klassen with a 44-yard touchdown strike. The two-point pass from Evan Karschnik to Chase Anacker cut the deficit to 30-8.

But Edgerton added two more rushing scores in the third and one early in the fourth to push the lead to 50-8.

MLA’s final touchdown came on an 80-yard kickoff return from Layne Wall, but Edgerton returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for the game’s final points.

Evers completed 5-of-13 passes for 113 yards. Wall rushed four times for 35 yards. Klassen had three catches for 59 yards in the loss.

Next games: Check for updates after each game.
RRC: vs. Cedar Mountain (at Cottonwood), Nov. 3

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