9-Man South - West Sub-District Scores Grand Meadow 13, MLA 0 WWG 24, Cedar Mountain 20 RCW 22, RRC 8 HLOF 48, Edgerton 20 Nicollet 26, ACGE 6 Madelia 30, BLHS 22 HBC 36, SESM 0 GHECT was scheduled to play Nicollet, but game was cancelled due to COVID-19. Nicollet was able to schedule a game against Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons.
RV 08-08-12-06 = 34 Windom 00-00-00-00 = 00 Little mistakes made a big difference for the Windom Eagle football team in Friday's season-opener, as the Eagles took a 34-0 loss to Redwood Valley at Island Park.
The Eagles were haunted by four turnovers, a handful of penalties and 14 plays that went for negative yardage in the game.
Things started well for the Eagles, who took the opening drive of the game and promptly marched deep into Cardinal territory. But on second down from the Redwood 29, a mishandled pitch was recovered by Redwood Valley. A penalty for an illegal block negated a touchdown return, but the Cardinals took over.
After Brady Espenson intercepted a pass on Redwood's second play, the Eagles went three-and-out. Redwood promptly marched downfield, scoring on a 24-yard pass from Alex Lang to Drew Lundeen. Lang hit Connor Josephson with the two-point conversion pass for an 8-0 lead.
Windom started its next drive at its own 21 but again marched into Cardinal territory, but two straight runs lost yardage, Windom was called for a false start and took a sack. On fourth down, a bad snap to punter Dylan Serreyn nearly turned into a first down, but Serreyn was tackled four yards short of the line to gain.
Late in the first half, the Cardinals forced an Eagle punt before quickly marching 65 yards to paydirt on a 7-yard run by Lang. Lang added the two-point run, giving Redwood a 16-0 halftime lead.
The Cardinals took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 65 yards, scoring on a 21-yard pass from Lang to Josephson for a 22-0 lead.
The Eagles threw an interception on their second play of the half, with the Cardinals capitalizing on a 26-yard touchdown run by Lang for a 28-0 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals scored the game's final points as Isaac Louwagie scooped up an Eagle fumble and raced 48 yards for a touchdown.
The Eagles were led on the ground by Abe McKibbin, who had 37 yards rushing on nine carries. Carter Vancura rushed 12 times for 29 yards.
Brayden Kreofsky completed 2-of-3 passes for 28 yards.
GM 00-00-07-06 = 13 MLA 00-00-00-00 = 00 In a rematch of last year's state quarterfinals, Grand Meadow capitalized on six Mt. Lake Area turnovers, turning two of them into points to record a 13-0 season-opening win over the Wolverines at Mt. Lake.
The loss was the Wolverines' first regular-season loss since the 2017 season.
MLA turned the ball over four times in the first half, but the Wolverine defense kept MLA in the game, keeping Grand Meadow out of the end zone.
But a veteran Superlark team capitalized on Wolverine mistakes in the second half. After a poor snap led to a turnover, Grand Meadow scored on a 31-yard pass from Evan Oehlke to Dusty Copley. The extra point kick gave the Superlarks a 7-0 lead.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Wolverines were stopped short on a fake punt near midfield. Grand Meadow was able to put the game away as Oehlke hit Luke Speer for a 13-yard touchdown.
Mace Herrig led MLA on the ground with 41 yards on six carries. Ethan Nickel completed 6-of-14 passes for 42 yards.
WWG 08-08-08-00 = 24 CM 00-14-06-00 = 20 After going winless a season ago, Westbrook-Walnut Grove started the 2020 season with momentum Friday night, rallying for a 24-20 victory over Cedar Mountain at Morgan.
The Chargers got on the board first, scoring on a 53-yard pass from Brady Ross to Ethan Mischke. The two hooked up for the two-point conversion, giving WWG an 8-0 lead.
Cedar Mountain answered with a pair of second quarter touchdowns to take a 14-8 lead. The Cougars were driving the ball late in the first half, but WWG made a big stop deep in its own end to turn the ball over on downs.
The Chargers then closed the first half with a bang, marching the length of the field in the two-minute drill before scoring on fourth-and-goal on a 6-yard pass from Ross to Nathan Kuehl. Ross added the two-point run, giving WWG a 16-14 halftime lead.
Cedar Mountain regained the lead early in the third quarter, but the Chargers again answered as Ross hit Orion Knakmuhs down the sideline for a 25-yard touchdown. Ross added the two-point run, giving WWG a 24-20 lead.
WWG's defense then stopped a Cougar drive in the red zone in the fourth quarter before the offense ground down much of the clock in the closing minutes.
Ross completed 15-of-23 passes for 240 yards and three scores in the win. Mischke had 11 catches for 160 yards. Ross and Gabe Krick each rushed 16 times for 70 yards.
RCW 08-06-00-08 = 22 RRC 00-00-08-00 = 08 Red Rock Central's offense sputtered in the first half and struggled to sustain drives Friday night, while a veteran Renville County West team chewed up the clock on its way to a 22-8 season-opening win over the Falcons at Lamberton.
The Jaguars capitalized on a Falcon turnover, marching the length of the field to score on a Brandon Hoberg run. RCW then recovered an onside kick and turned it into a touchdown pass from Hoberg to Jaden Kolker for a 14-0 halftime lead.
RRC mounted its best drive of the night early in the third quarter, converting on a 5-yard touchdown run by Damon Holmen. The two-point conversion cut the deficit to 14-8.
But halfway through the fourth quarter, RCW's ball-control offense wore the Falcons down, as Kolker scored on a 4-yard run to seal the game.
Mason Strom led RRC on the ground with 106 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Joseph Strock completed 2-of-13 passes for 13 yards. Luke Willhite had one reception for 15 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: at JCC (Jackson), Oct. 16 MLA: at Nicollet, Oct. 16 RRC: at WWG (Westbrook), Oct. 16 WWG: vs. RRC (at Westbrook), Oct. 16