Semifinals: Oct. 26 #5 Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda at #1 Mt. Lake Area, 3 p.m. #6 Granada-Huntley-East Chain-Truman at #2 Hills-Beaver Creek (Hills), 3 p.m.
Finals: Nov. 1 at SMSU (Marshall) 11:30 a.m.
LCWM 06-18-07-07 = 38 Windom 00-00-00-00 = 00 The Windom Eagle offense never got on track Tuesday night and Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial used a punishing ground game and good field position to end the Eagles' season with a 38-0 shutout in the Section 3AA playoffs at Island Park.
The Eagles were held to just 14 yards of net offense for the game, recording only two first downs in the game.
Meanwhile, LCWM didn't let a muddy field slow down its attack. After being turned away on downs on the game's opening drive, the Knights forced a three-and-out, taking over inside Eagle territory. Six plays later, Camden Ludeman scored on a 4-yard run for a 6-0 lead.
The Eagle offense went three-and-out on its next two drives. Early in the second quarter, LCWM seized the game's momentum when Ludeman broke through the line and raced 59 yards for a touchdown and a 12-0 lead.
After another Eagle three-and-out, LCWM took over near midfield and scored eight plays later on a 9-yard run by Sander Lundeman.
Then, Windom was forced to punt again but the snap sailed over the head of the Eagle punter. LCWM took over at the Eagle 5-yard line and scored on the ensuing play on a 5-yard run by Camden Ludeman.
The Eagles fumbled late in the half and LCWM appeared to score a touchdown to take a 30-0 lead, but offensive pass interference negated the score.
After the Eagles picked up their initial first down of the game on their first drive of the second half, the LCWM defense eventually forced a punt. The Knights marched 81 yards in nine plays, capped with a 12-yard shovel pass touchdown from Blaine Zernechel to Tristan Jones. The extra point kick gave LCWM a 31-0 lead.
Following an Eagle fumble and a punt, LCWM closed the scoring early in the fourth quarter, capping a four-play, 31-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run by Jones.
Josh Samdal led the Eagles with 23 yards rushing on six carries. Mikal Anderson had 18 yards rushing on two carries.
Windom completed 1-of-2 passes in the game for negative-7 yards.
WWG 00-00-00-12 = 12 MLA 21-21-06-06 = 54 Mt. Lake Area, the state's top-ranked Class Nine-Man team, opened its 2019 Section 3 Nine-Man playoff run in dominant fashion, scoring a pair of quick touchdowns to start the game and rolling to a 54-12 victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove Tuesday in Mt. Lake.
MLA scored on its first play from scrimmage, when quarterback Abe Stoesz hooked up with Brett Willaby for a 42-yard touchdown. Mace Herrig's two-point run gave MLA a quick 8-0 lead.
The Wolverines got the ball back quickly and scored again, this time on a 5-yard pass from Stoesz to Adam Karschnik.
Then, late in the first quarter, Stoesz called his own number for an 11-yard touchdown run. Kolby Kremmin's extra-point kick gave MLA a 21-0 lead after one quarter.
The Wolverines continued to do damage early in the second quarter, scoring on a 15-yard Tanner Koetzle run. Then, on WWG's next drive, Stoesz picked off a pass and returned it 30 yards for a score, giving the Wolveirnes a 35-0 lead.
Herrig added a 16-yard touchdown, giving MLA a 42-0 halftime advantage.
In the second half, sophomore quarterback Marcos Deleon-Lopez accounted for both Wolverine scores, rushing for touchdowns of 29 and 20 yards to give the Wolverines a 54-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.
WWG scored a pair of touchdowns late in the game. Gabe Krick scored on an 80-yard screen pass from Brady Ross and, late in the game, Dan Kleven hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass from Ross.
Deleon-Lopez led MLA on the ground with 96 yards rushing on five carries. Herrig rushed 10 times for 71 yards and Stoesz had three carries for 41 yards.
Stoesz completed 3-of-4 passes for 58 yards.
Jace Paplow led WWG on the ground with 35 yards on nine carries. Krick had two receptions for 90 yards. Orion Knakmuhs had three catches for 28 yards.
Ross completed 15-of-27 passes for 181 yards.
SESM 00-00-00-06 = 06 RRC 06-15-06-00 = 27 After sputtering on offense much of the season, the Red Rock Central offense continued its late-season surge Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Falcon defense was dominant in a 27-6 Section 2 Nine-Man playoff win over Sleepy Eye St. Mary's in Lamberton.
The Falcon defense shut down the Knights' running game, forcing SESM to take to the air. RRC did not allow St. Mary's to convert on third or fourth down in the game.
Meanwhile, the Falcon offense clicked on all cylinders. In the first quarter, quarterback Tavion Ryker connected with Hayden Determan for an 18-yard touchdown, giving the Falcons a quick 6-0 lead.
RRC moved the ball effectively on the ground and through the air on its next drive, scoring on a 4-yard Damon Holmen run. The two-point pass from Ryker to Mason Irlbeck gave the Falcons a 14-0 lead.
Moments later, after forcing a Knight punt, RRC took firm command of the game as Ryker hit Irlbeck with a 41-yard touchdown strike.
The Falcons capped their scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run from Jonah Hansen in the third quarter.
Hansen led RRC on the ground with 184 yards rushing on 28 carries. Holmen added 31 yards on six carries.
Ryker completed 11-of-20 passes for 161 yards. Irlbeck had four catches for 83 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. MLA: vs. HLOF (at Mt. Lake), Oct. 26 RRC: at RCW (Danube), Oct. 26