10/5/2013 8:12:00 PM Cardinals pull away from Eagles in delayed second half
Wolverines rout Rockets
Randolph 00-06-00-00 = 06 MLA 30-21-22-06 = 79 Mt. Lake Area scored on 10 of its first 12 possessions of the game Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 79-6 victory over Randolph at Mt. Lake.
The Wolverines built a commanding 51-6 halftime lead. Carter Kirk started the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run. Andrew Hempeck then hauled in a 45-yard touchdown strike from Kirk for a 14-0 lead.
Eric Wenner caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Kirk and Kirk added a 20-yard scoring run to give the Wolverines a 30-0 lead after one quarter.
In the second, Kirk hit Alex Gerdes for a 13-yard touchdown for a 36-0 lead.
Randolph's only points of the game came halfway through the second quarter when Hunter Ehlers intercepted a pass by Logan Johnson, returning it for a 20-yard touchdown.
MLA added a 10-yard touchdown run by Kirk and a 20-yard score by Hempeck to take a 51-6 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Hempeck rushed for a 12-yard score and Demar Rodney scored on a 64-yard run. Jared Willaby added a 19-yard touchdown run and, in the fourth quarter, Chris Boyd scored on a 74-yard run.
Rodney led the Wolverines on the ground, rushing 11 times for 183 yards. Kirk rushed 11 times for 136 yards and Hempeck had four carries for 50 yards.
Kirk completed 7-of-11 passes for 128 yards. Gerdes had three catches for 63 yards. Hempeck had two receptions for 50 yards.
RRC 00-02-08-06 = 16 Sleepy Eye 00-06-08-00 = 14 Red Rock Central rallied in the rain during the second half Friday, scoring 14 unanswered points to claim a 16-14 win at Sleepy Eye Public.
The lone Falcon points of the first half came on a safety when a snap sailed over the head of the Sleepy Eye punter out of the end zone. RRC trailed 6-2 at halftime.
Sleepy Eye scored on the opening drive of the second half on a 57-yard run. But the Falcon offense found its rhythm in the second half, marching the length of the field and scoring on a 5-yard pass from Taylor Bunting to Dillion Benson to cut the deficit to 14-10.
Then, early in the fourth quarter, the Falcons were aided by a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the Indians. RRC moved down to the Sleepy Eye 1, where Benson scored on a 1-yard run.
RRC was able to halt three Sleepy Eye drives on downs in the fourth quarter, including the final drive when a sack ended the Indians' threat in Falcon territory.
WWG 06-14-00-00 = 20 RCW 00-00-07-00 = 07 Westbrook-Walnut Grove did its damage early, then hung on as the rain swept through the area Friday night to claim a 20-7 win over Renville County West at Danube.
The Chargers held a 20-0 lead at halftime, due in large part to its ground game. Tristan Joel got WWG on the board in the first quarter with a 3-yard run to cap a long drive. Then, early in the second, Joel found himself in the open for a 75-yard touchdown dash.
WWG tacked on a 5-yard scramble by Shane Buchman to take a 20-0 halftime lead.
RCW won the field position battle in the third quarter, pinning WWG deep in its own end much of the quarter. That paid off for the Jaguars when they recovered a Charger fumble in the end zone for their only points of the night.
Joel finished the game with 18 rushes for 189 yards to lead the Chargers. Mitchell Jarmer added 11 carries for 62 yards. Buchman completed 3-of-14 passes for 18 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. MLA: at EE (Edgerton), Oct. 11 RRC: at CMC (Lamberton), Oct. 11 WWG: at SWU (Brewster), Oct. 11
Luverne 06-14-16-07 = 43 Windom 00-06-00-00 = 06 Lightning began to make its way through the Windom area at halftime Friday night, prompting the decision to suspend the Windom Eagles' football game against Luverne.
When the game resumed Saturday night, Luverne's ground attack proved to be relentless and the Cardinal defense bottled up the Eagles, recording a 43-6 victory over Windom at Island Park.
The first half of the game was played Friday with an eerie fog rolling through the Island Park complex. The wet weather, coupled with a stingy Luverne defense, held the Eagles to negative net yardage in the first half.
The Cardinals scored first on a 5-yard touchdown run by Josh Slieter in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Cardinals added a 17-yard touchdown run by Andrew Verhey. Then, after a short Eagle punt, the Cardinals moved downfield, scoring on a 5-yard run by Kendall Meyer.
While Windom's offense couldn't get going in the first half, the Eagle defense was able to put some points on the board. Late in the first half, Andrew Larson intercepted a pass by Meyer and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 20-6 at the half.
As the teams were leaving the field at halftime, the first flash of lightning was noticed, prompting an automatic 30-minute delay in the action. However, lightning continued to roll through the area, prompting the suspension of the game. Once officials were lined up, the decision to resume at 7 p.m. Saturday was made.
When the second half resumed, Luverne forced a quick Eagle punt and took advantage, marching 46 yards in five plays, capped with a 13-yard run by Meyer.
Windom's next drive saw the Eagles pick up their first first-down conversion of the game. Windom marched the ball down to the Luverne 28, where it had fourth and inches. But a quarterback sneak was stopped short, turning the ball over on downs. Luverne turned around, marching 72 yards before scoring on a 42-yard run by Meyer for a 36-6 lead.
A bad snap on a punt gave the Cardinals the ball at the Eagle 16 early in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing play, Meyer hit Jackson Frankenhoff for a 16-yard touchdown and a 43-6 lead.
For the Eagles, August Nielsen rushed 15 times for 51 yards. Devin Nielsen added 39 yards on six carries. Zach Bartosh completed 7-of-18 passes for 34 yards. Devin Nielsen had four catches for 31 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: at JCC (Jackson), Oct. 11