Finals: Nov. 1 at SMSU (Marshall) #1 Mt. Lake Area vs. #2 Hills-Beaver Creek, 7:30 p.m.
Nicollet 00-00-06-06 = 12 MLA 20-28-07-00 = 55 The Mt. Lake Area football team converted turnovers into points in the first half Saturday afternoon, racing to a 48-0 lead on its way to a 55-12 win over Nicollet in the Section 3 Nine-Man semifinals at Mt. Lake.
MLA forced four Raider turnovers in the first half, turning each one into points.
The Wolverines started fast, scoring on a 4-yard Drake Harder run. Then, after a Raider interception, Mace Herrig scored on a 5-yard run and added the two-point conversion, giving MLA a quick 14-0 lead.
Late in the first quarter, Herrig intercepted a pass, returning it 17 yards to paydirt for a 20-0 lead after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the Wolverine offense kept churning. Eli Karschnik scored on a 17-yard run for a 26-0 lead. Abraham Stoesz added scoring runs of 23 and 4 yards and Harder tacked on a 13-yard touchdown run for a 48-0 halftime lead.
On MLA's first drive of the third quarter, Herrig added a 24-yard touchdown run, giving the Wolverines a 55-0 lead.
Nicollet scored late in the third quarter on a 26-yard pass, then added a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Stoesz led the Wolverines with 93 yards rushing on 10 carries. Herrig rushed five times for 72 yards. Harder added eight carries for 72 yard and Brett Willaby had six rushes for 68 yards.
Stoesz completed all six of his pass attempts for 130 yards. Zach Spinks had one catch for 60 yards. Willaby had three catches for 50 yards.
MLA plays Hills-Beaver Creek Thursday in the Section 3 Nine-Man finals, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
RRC 00-00-08-08 = 16 RTR 08-16-08-12 = 44 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton's passing game came out on fire Saturday afternoon as the Knights ended Red Rock Central's season with a 44-16 decision in the Section 2 Nine-Man semifinals at Tyler.
RTR quarterback Cooper Hansen completed his first 11 pass attempts of the game and finished the game 20-of-28 passing for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Hansen also rushed for three touchdowns in the game.
After an RRC punt to start the game, RTR went 75 yards in 17 plays, capped by a 1-yard Hansen run. The two-point conversion pass gave RTR an 8-0 lead.
RRC drove down to the RTR 32-yard line before being stopped on a fourth down play. RTR then marched 68 yards in eight plays, capped by an 8-yard pass from Hansen to Jonah Christensen. The two-point conversion gave RTR a 16-0 lead.
RRC again drove into RTR territory before misfiring on a fourth down pass. That set up the Knights with time running out in the first half to move 61 yards in 11 plays. Hansen scored on a 1-yard sneak with 12 seconds to go in the half. The two-point conversion gave RTR a 24-0 lead.
RTR started the second half with another lengthy drive before the Falcon defense got its first stop of the game. The Falcons took advantage, moving 77 yards in 11 plays. Quarterback Tavion Ryker capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion pass from Austin Irlbeck to Ryker cut the RTR lead to 24-8.
But the Knights quickly regained control, scoring on the ensuing drive on a 4-yard Hansen run. The two-point conversion gave RTR a 32-8 lead.
RRC was able to drive into the RTR red zone before being stopped short on a fourth-down play, turning over the ball on downs at the 8-yard line. Two plays later, Hansen found Christianson all by himself down the sidelines for a 90-yard touchdown strike, giving RTR a 38-8 lead.
RTR tacked on its final touchdown with 4:43 to go when Cooper Hansen found his twin brother Carter Hansen for a 3-yard touchdown, making the score 44-8.
RRC added the game's final points just two plays later when Jared Schroepfer dashed 36 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion from Irlbeck to Ryker was good, making the final score 44-16.
Ryker led the Falcons with 92 yards rushing on 11 carries. Schroepfer rushed seven times for 55 yards. Noah Stavnes had 44 yards on nine carries and Jonah Hansen rushed 10 times for 36 yards.
Ryker completed 7-of-11 passes for 29 yards. Hansen had three receptions for 11 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. MLA: vs. HBC (at SMSU, Marshall), Nov. 1