JCC 13-11-10-14 = 48 Windom 00-08-06-13 = 27 The Windom Eagle football team found itself defending a short field on several occasions Friday night, leading to a 48-27 loss to Jackson County Central at Island Park.
Three JCC scoring drives began either near midfield or in Eagle territory and JCC scored a special teams touchdown in the game. Meanwhile, two early Eagle turnovers quickly turned the tide in favor of JCC.
Windom fumbled the ball away on the third play from scrimmage. JCC capitalized with a 4-yard touchdown run from Jacob Tvinnereim for a quick 7-0 lead.
Late in the first quarter, JCC pinned the Eagles deep in their own end when Jack Brinkman returned a punt 43 yards for a touchdown, giving JCC a 13-0 lead after one quarter.
The Huskies stretched the lead early in the third on a 29-yard pass from Rudy Voss to Noah Carr for a 21-0 lead.
Windom got on the board late in the first half. A 44-yard completion from Luke Gilbertson to Zach Wormstadt set up a 23-yard connection from Gilbertson to Wormstadt for a touchdown. Gilbertson's two-point run cut the deficit to 21-8.
But JCC moved downfield quickly and booted a 21-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, taking a 24-8 lead.
JCC started the second half with a pair of big plays, with a 33-yard completion setting up a 31-yard touchdown run from Damien Van Westen for a 31-8 lead.
Following a Windom interception, the Eagle defense stiffened, but Keaton Storm drilled a 34-yard field goal, giving JCC a 34-8 lead.
Windom mounted its best drive of the night late in the third quarter, marching 90 plays with Gilbertson hooking up with Wyatt Minion for a 12-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to 34-14.
But JCC answered, moving quickly downfield and scoring on a 3-yard Tvinnereim run.
A long kickoff return set the Eagles up in prime scoring position early in the fourth quarter. Gilbertson hooked up with Minion for a juggling 27-yard touchdown. But JCC again answered, scoring on a 24-yard run by Van Westen for a 48-20 lead.
Windom's final score came on a 75-yard run by Minion with a minute to play.
Minion finished with 95 yards rushing on 14 carries and had four catches for 75 yards. Wormstadt caught three passes for 72 yards. Gilbertson completed 12-of-21 passes for 201 yards.
MACCRAY 06-00-00-00 = 06 RRC 21-14-14-13 = 62 Red Rock Central had its way on offense Friday night, as the state's eighth-ranked nine-man team rolled to a 62-6 victory over MACCRAY in Lamberton.
The Falcon offense piled up 586 yards in the game.
RRC raced to a quick 21-0 lead. Quarterback Garrett Marsh hooked up with Brady Rasmussen for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Sam Hansen added a 12-yard touchdown run and Marsh found Austin Irlbeck behind the defense for a 79-yard touchdown.
MACCRAY briefly grabbed momentum, returning a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. But the momentum was short-lived, as the Falcons went to work on the ground. Hansen tacked on a 33-yard touchdown and Jared Schroepfer scored on a 3-yard run, giving RRC a 35-6 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Noah Stavnes scored on a 17-yard run and Schroepfer added a 14-yard touchdown run.
Then, in the fourth, Josh Hesse recovered a Wolverine fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and Damon Holmen scored on a 11-yard touchdown run.
Hansen rushed 17 times for 163 yards in the win. Schroepfer added 61 yards on 13 carries.
Marsh completed 8-of-11 passes for 181 yards. Rasmussen had four catches for 50 yards while Irlbeck caught two passes for 95.
RTR 00-14-00-08 = 22 MLA 00-06-06-14 = 26 Mt. Lake Area rallied in the fourth quarter to take the lead, then turned the game over to the defense, which made a key late stop to preserve a 26-22 win Friday over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in Mt. Lake.
RTR jumped to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter before the Wolverines got on track, offensively. A.J. Vongsy reeled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Abraham Stoesz, cutting the RTR lead to 14-6 at halftime.
MLA trimmed the deficit to 14-12 in the third quarter on a 3-yard Jeff Wright touchdown run, but RTR regained a 10-point lead with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
The Wolverines cut the deficit to 22-20 when David Larson picked off a pass and raced 56 yards to paydirt. Then, after forcing an RTR punt, Reynaldo Capetillo got outside and raced 53 yards for a touchdown.
Late in the game, the Knights were driving deep in Wolverine territory, but MLA stopped RTR short on fourth down, allowing the Wolverines to run out the clock.
Capetillo rushed 14 times for a career-high 128 yards in the win. Wright added 56 yards on 15 carries and caught seven passes for 99 yards. Stoesz completed 11-of-24 passes for 147 yards.
WWG 08-14-00-06 = 28 HBC 06-06-00-08 = 20 Westbrook-Walnut Grove's defense dug in deep in the second half Friday night, preserving a halftime advantage and allowing the Chargers to improve to 4-0 with a 28-20 win over Hills-Beaver Creek at Hills.
HBC started strong, scoring on its first drive of the game, but the Chargers answered with a 3-yard Kyle Kuehl run. The two-point conversion gave WWG an 8-6 lead.
The Chargers then took advantage of a blocked punt to stretch its lead to 22-6 late in the first half. Andrew Quade scored on a 10-yard run and Kuehl added a 6-yard run with under 30 seconds left in the half. But HBC was able to cut the deficit to 22-12 with a kickoff return for a touchdown before halftime.
It stayed 22-12 until the fourth quarter when the strong winds played havoc with a Patriot punt, blowing it all the way back to the HBC 5-yard line. WWG scored on the next play on a 5-yard run by Kuehl for a 28-12 lead.
HBC was able to score late in the game on a 7-yard run and had the ball with a chance to tie the game as time wound down, but a key quarterback sack with under 10 seconds to go halted the comeback bid.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: at Blue Earth, Sept. 29 MLA: vs. RCW (at Mt. Lake), Sept. 29 RRC: at HLO (Heron Lake), Sept. 29 WWG: vs. Edgerton-Ellsworth (at Westbrook), Sept. 29