Luverne 07-06-08-13 = 34 Windom 00-07-00-00 = 07 Missed opportunities doomed the Windom Eagle football team early on Wednesday and big plays in the second half allowed Luverne to claim a 34-7 win over the Eagles in the regular season finale at Island Park.
Windom had four turnovers in the game and saw three drives inside the Cardinal 20-yard line end without points, including two in the first half.
Luverne got on the scoreboard first. Following an Eagle interception, the Cardinals hit a 50-yard pass to set up a 2-yard touchdown from Declan Beers for a 7-0 lead.
Windom took the ensuing drive nine plays down to the Cardinal 15 before turning the ball over on downs. Luverne then marched 85 yards in 12 plays, capped by a 14-yard pass from Ben Serie to Tyler Reisdorfer for a 13-0 lead.
The Eagles tried to answer before halftime, marching the ball down to the Cardinal 6. But an interception in the end zone halted the Eagle drive.
Late in the first half, the Eagles created a break, when Wyatt Minion picked off a pass from Serie, cut across the field and broke three tackles down the sideline for a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 13-7 at halftime.
The key sequence came in the third quarter. Luverne took the opening kickoff an marched deep into Eagle territory, but on fourth-and-12 from the Eagle 16, a Cardinal pass was stopped a yard shy of the first down, giving Windom the ball at its own 5.
The Eagles then marched 12 plays into Cardinal territory with first down at the Luverne 18. But after three short runs and an incomplete pass, the Eagles turned the ball over on downs.
Three plays later, Serie found Kasyn Kruse all alone behind the Eagle defense for an 86-yard touchdown pass and a 21-7 lead.
The Cardinals tacked on a 9-yard touchdown run from Beers and a 57-yard pick six from Reisdorfer to close out the scoring.
Minion finished with 127 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Eagles. Alex Borsgard added 47 yards on 11 carries.
Luke Gilbertson completed 6-of-20 passes for 54 yards. Minion had three catches for 38 yards.
RCW 00-00-00-00 = 00 RRC 00-14-07-14 = 35 Red Rock Central closed out an undefeated regular season Wednesday night, pitching its second straight shutout in a 35-0 win over Renville County West at Lamberton.
The Falcon offense had some difficulty closing out drives early, but RRC got on the board in the second quarter when Noah Stavnes pulled in a 55-yard pass from Garrett Marsh.
Then, with time running down in the first half, RCW mounted one of its best drives of the night when Brady Rasmussen intercepted a pass and raced 104 yards the other direction for a touchdown.
The Falcons added a 5-yard Sam Hansen touchdown run in the third quarter and a 1-yard Jared Schroepfer smash in the fourth. RRC capped the scoring late in the game when Jon Vogel picked off a pass and raced 49 yards for the score.
Hansen finished with 135 yards rushing on 22 carries for RRC. Schroepfer rushed seven times for 21 yards.
Marsh completed 9-of-14 passes for 122. Brady Rasmussen had four catches for 32 yards. Stavnes had two catches for 60 yards.
WWG 14-22-14-08 = 58 HLO 00-14-00-00 = 14 In the wide-open Section 3 Nine-Man race, Westbrook-Walnut Grove improved to 5-3 overall with a 58-14 win over Heron Lake-Okabena at Heron Lake Wednesday.
WWG got on the board first as Kyle Kuehl scored on runs of 56 and 6 yards in the first quarter.
HLO cut the deficit to 14-8 with a long touchdown pass, but the Chargers answered back. Jace Paplow scored on an 11-yard run and Kuehl added a 1-yard smash.
After HLO scored to cut the 28-14, the Chargers scored the final 30 points of the game in unanswered fashion.
Kuehl reeled in a 21-yard pass from Anthony Ross, then added touchdown runs of 11 and 37 yards.
Ethan Mischke capped the scoring with a 2-yard run.
Kuehl finished the game with 16 carries for 229 yards. Paplow rushed eight times for 52 yards. Nathan Ross had four catches for 43 yards. Anthony Ross completed 11-of-22 passes for 155 yards.
MLA 14-30-06-00 = 50 Fulda 00-00-00-00 = 00 Mt. Lake Area kept pace in the wide-open Section 3 Nine-Man chase Wednesday with a commanding 50-0 victory at Fulda.
The Wolverines did much of their damage from the air, as sophomore quarterback Abraham Stoesz fired four touchdown passes, including a pair to Drake Harder, in the win.
MLA got on the board in the first quarter as Stoesz hooked up with Harder for a 52-yard touchdown and with Zach Spinks.
Weston Osland added a 45-yard touchdown run before MLA's defense got into the act with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown from Joel Salgado.
Harder added a 20-yard touchdown and Reynaldo Capetillo had a 27-yard scoring reception from Stoesz.
Salgado added the Wolverines' final touchdown on a 5-yard run.
Stoesz completed 9-of-14 passes for 196 yards in the game. Harder had three catches for 90 yards. Jeff Wright rushed five times for 22 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: Section 3AA Playoffs (opponent, site and time TBA) MLA: Section 3-9M Playoffs (opponent, site and time TBA) RRC: Section 2-9M Playoffs (opponent, site and time TBA) WWG: Section 3-9M Playoffs (opponent, site and time TBA)