Finals: Nov. 2 #4 Mt. Lake Area vs. #3 Westbrook-Walnut Grove at SMSU (Marshall), 5 p.m.
WWG 08-14-00-34 = 56 EE 06-14-12-06 = 38 An improbable comeback saw Westbrook-Walnut Grove rally for 34 fourth-quarter points Saturday to defeat Edgerton-Ellsworth 56-38 in the Section 3 Nine-Man semifinals at Edgerton.
The Chargers trailed 38-28 with just over nine minutes to go, but scored the final 28 points of the game over an eight-minute span without allowing the Dutchmen to run an offensive play.
WWG started the game strong, scoring on its first drive of the game on a 1-yard Kyle Kuehl run. WWG led 8-6 after one quarter.
Early in the second, the Chargers struck on a 2-yard Andrew Quade run and a 19-yard pass from Anthony Ross to Nathan Ross. EE battled back, closing the deficit to 22-20 at halftime.
EE then took command of the game, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. A 12-yard run from Quade pulled the Chargers within a score, but the Dutchmen took a 10-point lead with a touchdown with just over nine minutes to go.
That's when things swung dramatically for the Chargers. Kuehl scored on a 5-yard run. The two-point run cut the Dutchmen lead to 38-36 with six minutes to go.
WWG opted to try an onside kick and recovered, leading to a 1-yard Kuehl touchdown, giving the Chargers a 42-38 lead.
WWG ran a squib kick, which deflected off an EE player into the arms of WWG's Pasyn Parker. The Chargers cashed in the turnover with an 18-yard Kuehl touchdown run.
WWG then ran another squib kick, which again deflected off a Dutchmen player. Gabe Krick came away with the ball at the bottom of the pile, setting up a 4-yard touchdown run from Quade to end the scoring.
Quade finished with 190 yards rushing on 31 carries. Kuehl added 160 yards on 29 carries.
Anthony Ross completed 14-of-20 passes for 175 yards. Nathan Ross had 10 receptions for 102 yards.
MLA 06-00-08-16 = 30 Nicollet 06-08-07-03 = 24 Mt. Lake Area battled from a two-score deficit in the second half for a dramatic come-from-behind 30-24 victory over top-seeded Nicollet in the Section 3 Nine-Man semifinals Saturday at Nicollet.
Wolverine freshman Mace Herrig pulled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Abraham Stoesz with 18 seconds left, giving the Wolverines the go-ahead score.
Nicollet got on the scoreboard first, but MLA tied the game at 6-6 after one quarter when Jeff Wright smashed in from nine yards out.
The Raiders took a 14-6 halftime lead, the stretched the lead to 21-6 early in the third quarter before MLA started its comeback.
An interception by Eli Karschnik turned the ball over to the Wolverines. Four plays later, A.J. Vongsy pulled the Wolverines to within 21-14 with a 17-yard touchdown scamper. Stoesz hit Drake Harder for the two-point conversion.
The Wolverines then took the lead early in the fourth quarter. Harder blocked a Raider punt, giving MLA the ball on the Raider 24. Four plays later, Stoesz dove over a Raider tackler to score a 9-yard touchdown run. Vongsy's two-point conversion reception gave MLA a 22-21 lead.
Nicollet answered. After forcing a punt deep in Wolverine territory, the Raiders saw a drive stall out. But Anthony Macias booted a 37-yard field goal, giving Nicollet a 24-22 lead with 4:34 left on the clock.
MLA had a good kickoff return and slowly worked the ball upfield. A 14-yard run from Stoesz and a pair of runs from Harder set up the game-winning score, as Herrig pulled in a 10-yard pass from Stoesz for a touchdown. Weston Osland tiptoed the sideline for the two-point conversion, giving MLA a 30-24 lead with 18 seconds left.
Nicollet's last chance was snuffed out on an open-field tackle, allowing time to expire.
Stoesz rushed 12 times for 66 yards in the win. Herrig added 49 yards on eight carries and Wright had 44 yards on seven carries.
Harder had two catches for 17 yards. Wright had 28 yards on a reception. Stoesz completed 8-of-12 passes for 65 yards.
RCW 00-07-00-00 = 07 RRC 00-07-00-07 = 14 Top-seeded Red Rock Central's defense was up to the task and the offense came up with a big play late in the game, giving the Falcons a 14-7 win over Renville County West Saturday in the Section 2 Nine-Man semifinals at Lamberton.
The Falcons' Jared Schroepfer pounced on a fumble to stop a late Jaguar drive. Then, with just over 20 seconds left in regulation, quarterback Garrett Marsh found senior receiver Brady Rasmussen over the middle. Rasmussen split four RCW defenders and outraced the defense for a 54-yard touchdown, giving the Falcons the victory.
RRC got on the board first. After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons drove into scoring position and converted a 5-yard touchdown run from Sam Hansen. Jonah Hansen's extra-point kick gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead.
RCW battled back, scoring before halftime on a 1-yard sneak from Jack Howard. The extra point kick tied the game at 7-7.
It stayed tied into the second half, as each team saw drives into opposing territory turned aside.
RCW was driving in Falcon territory with under a minute to play when Rasmussen ripped the ball away from a Jaguar receiver. Schroepfer pounced on the ball, giving RRC the chance to score late.
Marsh then found Rasmussen over the middle, with the senior turning a key reception into a touchdown by shedding a tackle and outracing the defense to the end zone.
Hansen finished the game with 206 yards rushing on 34 carries. Marsh completed 3-of-10 passes for 69 yards. Rasmussen had just one catch for the 54-yard game-winning score.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. MLA: vs. WWG (at SMSU, Marshall), Nov. 2 RRC: vs. RTR (at SMSU, Marshall), Nov. 2 WWG: vs. MLA (at SMSU, Marshall), Nov. 2