BEA 14-13-08-00 = 35 Windom 00-00-00-08 = 08 Miscues and penalties proved especially costly for the Windom Eagle football team Friday as it fell to 0-5 on the season with a 35-8 loss to Blue Earth Area for homecoming in a game played at St. James.
Penalties halted several Eagle offensive possessions and lapses on defense allowed the Bucs to bust a handful of big plays.
The Eagles started the game with a three-and-out, then mishandled the snap on a punt. Blue Earth took over on the Eagles' 11-yard line. Two plays later, Koby Nagel scored on a 2-yard run for a 7-0 BEA lead.
An Eagle punt pinned the Bucs at their own 5-yard line, but a 60-yard run helped set up a 21-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Bleess to Caelan Sanders for a 14-0 Buc lead.
Early in the second quarter, the Eagles again had the Bucs deep in their own territory, but BEA worked out near midfield when Bleess hit Sanders with a 58-yard touchdown strike for a 21-0 lead.
Late in the half, the Bucs used a 50-yard run to set up a 3-yard touchdown run from Max Ehrich, giving BEA a 27-0 halftime lead.
BEA broke another 50-yard run on the first play of the second half, setting up an 8-yard touchdown pass from Bleess to Nagel for a 35-0 lead.
The Eagles broke the shutout at the 7:14 mark of the fourth quarter when Kade Sammons found Mikal Anderson over the middle. Anderson outraced the defense for a 31-yard touchdown reception. The two-point conversion try failed, leaving the score at 35-6.
The Eagles recovered a Buc fumble on their next possession and drove down to the BEA 6-yard line, but an interception halted the drive. Windom kept the Bucs pinned in the shadow of the goalposts, and with 1:55 left on the clock and facing fourth-and-17, the Bucs opted to take a knee in the end zone for a safety, making the final score 35-8.
The Eagles finished the game with 176 yards of total offense. Kade Sammons led Windom on the ground with 23 yards rushing on four carries. Josh Samdal added 18 yards on three carries.
Sammons completed 16-of-32 passes for 130 yards. Jabari Carlton had six catches for 77 yards. Alex Borsgard had three catches for 37 yards and Anderson caught two passes for 30 yards.
MLA 21-23-00-08 = 52 RCW 06-00-00-06 = 12 Mt. Lake Area regrouped after allowing an early touchdown, putting 34 straight points on the scoreboard in the first half on its way to a 52-12 victory over Renville County West Friday in Danube.
The Wolverines struck first, scoring on a 26-yard keeper by quarterback Abraham Stoesz. The two-point run by Mace Herrig gave MLA an 8-6 lead.
But RCW came back on its opening possession, marching the length of the field and scoring on a 9-yard pass from Jack Howard to Jamie Castillo. The two-point pass failed, leaving MLA with an 8-6 lead.
But the Wolverines controlled the rest of the first half, building the lead in the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown from Herrig and a 42-yard scoring from by Stoesz. MLA led 21-6 after the first quarter.
In the second, Herrig added scoring runs of 2, 35 and 1 yards as the Wolverines expanded the lead to 44-6 at halftime.
MLA added a 5-yard touchdown run by Stoesz early in the fourth quarter. RCW scored its final points on a 3-yard run by Castillo.
Herrig led the Wolverines with 141 yards rushing on 12 carries and four touchdowns. Stoesz rushed nine times for 132 yards.
Stoesz completed 8-of-13 passes for 72 yards. Brett Willaby had three catches for 21 yards.
CMC 00-08-00-16 = 24 RRC 03-07-00-18 = 28 Red Rock Central held off every late surge from Cedar Mountain-Comfrey Friday night, claiming a 28-24 victory over the Cougars in Lamberton.
The Falcons took an early lead when Jonah Hansen booted a 20-yard field goal. RRC led 3-0 after one quarter.
In the second, Hansen added a 19-yard touchdown run for a 10-0 lead. But CMC regrouped, scoring on an 18-yard Vince Ochs run for a 10-8 game.
It stayed that way until the fourth quarter, when the fireworks broke out. RRC scored on a 55-yard pass from Tavion Ryker to Jared Schroepfer, taking a 16-8 lead. But CMC answered when Nolan Freitag returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to paydirt, tying the score at 16-16 after the two-point conversion.
The Falcons answered back, scoring on a 46-yard Schroepfer run.
Later in the half, the Falcons put the game away with a 2-yard Schropefer.
Schroepfer rushed 27 times for 168 yards in the win. Noah Stavnes had 82 yards on 17 carries.
WWG 00-14-22-00 = 36 EE 00-06-00-00 = 06 Westbrook-Walnut Grove didn't have the ball long but made the most of every scoring chance Friday, rolling to a 36-6 win over Edgerton-Ellsworth at Edgerton.
WWG ran just 36 offensive plays in the game, but scored the game's final 36 points.
Trailing 6-0, the Chargers got on the board with a 3-yard Nathan Ross run. Andrew Quade added the two-point conversion for an 8-6 lead.
Later in the second quarter, Ross found Quade down the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown strike, giving WWG a 14-6 halftime lead.
To start the third quarter, the Chargers broke a big play when Jace Paplow rushed 53 yards for a touchdown, giving WWG a 20-6 lead.
Moments later, a Dutchmen drive was snuffed out when WWG forced a fumble. Gabe Krick scooped up the ball and raced 70 yards to the house for a 28-6 lead.
After forcing Edgerton to turn the ball over on downs, the Chargers put up the game's final points on a 65-yard flair pass from Ross to Krick. The two-point conversion gave WWG a 36-6 win.
Ross completed 7-of-13 passes for 172 yards in the win. Paplow rushed seven times for 87 yards. Quade had five receptions for 101 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: vs. St. James (at MSU-Mankato), Oct. 5 MLA: at RRC (Lamberton), Oct. 5 RRC: vs. MLA (at Lamberton), Oct. 5 WWG: vs. RCW (at Westbrook), Oct. 5