H-BC/E comeback falls short at SWU
BREWSTER -- Sparked by the strong running of Alex Leopold, the passing combination of Lon Eichenberger and Shaun Mathias, and the clutch kicking of Octavio Jimenez Friday night, the Southwestern United Wildcats won a Southwest Ridge Conference football shootout over Hills-Beaver Creek/Ellsworth, 45-33.
SWU's homecoming victory sets up a showdown between the Wildcats and Edgerton next Friday in Edgerton. Both teams are 4-0.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead before H-BC/E (2-2) rallied back and outscored SWU 26-14 in the second half.
Leopold rushed for two first-half touchdowns (three and 25 yards), while Eichenberger scored from 15 yards out, and later found Mathias for a 10-yard touchdown strike.
Jimenez, who was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra-point attempts, booted a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Leopold rushed for a seven-yard score in the third quarter, and Eichenberger and Mathias hooked up for a 65-yarder in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring for SWU, which rushed for 293 yards.
Leopold finished with 211 rushing yards on 34 carries, while Eichenberger completed 6-of-14 passes for 124 yards, with three balls going to Mathias for 81 yards.
Bill Blumberg (11), Mike Stenzel (eight), Tyler Stenzel (seven) and Josh Kruger (six) topped the Wildcats' tackle chart. Kruger had two sacks, and Trevor Leopold also had a sack.
H-BC/E's Adam Finke threw a trio of touchdown passes and finished with 180 yards on a 9-for-24 night.
Cody Rozeboom caught four passes, including two for touchdowns, totaling 87 yards.
Sean Goedtle caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Finke, and Tom Leuthold (65 rushing yards) plunged in for a pair of one-yard touchdowns for the Patriots, who host Westbrook-Walnut Grove next week.
H-BC/E 7 0 20 6 -- 33
SWU 7 24 7 7 -- 45
T-M-B 37, MCC 22
SLAYTON -- Isaac Dolan ran for 112 yards, threw for 112 more yards and had three touchdowns -- two rushing and one receiving -- to lead Tracy-Milroy-Balaton over Murray County Central.
Seth Swan added 164 yards on 25 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns for the Panthers (3-1), who face Dawson-Boyd next week.
Tony Falk ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while teammate Derik Johnson was 6-of-13 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown for the Rebels (3-1), who visit Adrian Friday.
T-M-B 7 8 7 15 -- 37
MCC 0 8 6 8 -- 22
Adrian 28, Canby 6
CANBY -- Glen Kruger rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries to help the Adrian Dragons remain undefeated with a road victory over Canby.
Kruger scored both of his touchdowns in the second quarter, scooting in from one and seven yards out, respectively.
Cody Kontz (59 yards on six carries) rushed for a 16-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Jesse Brake (95 yards on 12 carries) scored on a seven-yard burst in the third quarter for the sixth-ranked (Class A) Dragons.
Adam Diekmann was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra-point attempts for the Dragons, who totaled 284 rushing yards.
Canby's Logan Oellien scored on a 65-yard fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.
Adrian (4-0) hosts Murray County Central next week, while Canby (0-4) visits Minneota.
Adrian 7 14 7 0 -- 28
Canby 0 0 0 6 -- 6
Pipestone Area 13
PIPESTONE -- Fairmont's Mike Berhow scored a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, sparking a run of 18 unanswered points to rally the Cardinals (2-2).
Eric Hugoson went 8-for-16 through the air for 80 yards and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Jake Peymann in the fourth quarter to end the scoring.
J.J. McGeath was held to 66 yards, but did score both of the Arrows' touchdowns. Colin Taubert went 4-for-14 for 82 yards and threw two interceptions. He also ran for 31 yards.
Pipestone Area (2-2) visits Marshall Friday.
Fairmont 0 6 6 18 -- 30
PA 7 6 0 0 -- 13
Windom 55, St. Peter 14
WINDOM -- Shea Aamot ran for 142 yards and three touchdowns, and Clint Jurgens added 102 yards on the ground and one TD, as Windom won going away.
Windom totaled 442 yards of offense in the contest, 406 on the ground.
Marc Steidler threw for one touchdown and passed 12 yards to Parker Johnson for the other for St. Peter.
Windom (2-2) hosts St. James Friday.
SP 0 0 7 7 -- 14
Windom 14 20 7 14 -- 55
Luverne 22, St. James 18
SAINT JAMES -- Jeremy Hoff intercepted a pass at the 20-yard line with 1:47 left in regulation, giving the Cardinals their second straight victory.
Hoff also added a 71-yard touchdown run to lift Luverne. Phillip Paquette added a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter for what proved to be the winning points.
St. James lost despite 341 yards rushing as a team.
Luverne (2-2) visits Worthington Friday.
Luverne 7 8 0 7 -- 22
SJ 6 0 0 12 -- 18
Springfield 36 RRC 13
LAMBERTON -- Springfield scored 28 unanswered points in the first half and knocked off Red Rock Central.
Chris Moritz had 154 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns, while Gabe Swanek had 98 yards rushing and two scores -- including a 78-yard run in the second half.
Bevern Kedl rushed for 73 yards and a TD, while Joe Pfarr added the other touchdown for the Falcons (3-1), who visit New Ulm Cathedral.
Sleepy Eye 44, ML-B-O 14
SLEEPY EYE -- Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin trailed 20-14 at halftime, but Sleepy Eye scored 24 unanswered points to earn the victory over the Wolverines.
ML-B-O's Kyle Schroeder completed 13-of-26 yards for 171 yards and two second-quarter touchdowns.
Matt Strom (five receptions for 86 yards) caught a 36-yard touchdown, and Barrett Herrig (four receptions for 36 yards) caught a one-yard touchdown for the Wolverines.
ML-B-O (1-3) hosts McLeod West for homecoming next week.
ML-B-O 0 14 0 0 -- 14
Sleepy Eye 6 14 16 8 -- 44
CL-GL-R 29, Sheldon 0
GEORGE, Iowa -- Nate DeJong rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Lions (3-1).
Dylan Reynolds added 74 yards for Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, which hosts Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley next week.
Sheldon 0 0 0 0 -- 0
CL-GL-R 22 0 7 0 -- 29
Cherokee 55, S-O 7
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Tyler Jones threw five touchdown passes to lead Cherokee (2-2) to a big victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan.
Jones completed an impressive 41-of-56 passes for 397 yards. Josh Mugge caught three of those touchdown passes.
S-O's Craig Hertz scored his team's only touchdown with a four-yard burst in the first quarter. He finished with 50 rushing yards on 18 carries, and led the Generals with 15 tackles.
Ross Wiersma passed for 40 yards on a 3-for-10 night for the Generals (0-4), who play at Sioux Center next week.
Cherokee 21 20 7 7 -- 55
S-O 7 0 0 0 -- 7
R-T-R at Fulda, postponed
FULDA -- The Raiders' homecoming game against the Knights was called because the officiating crew failed to show up.
The game has been rescheduled for today in Fulda at 1 p.m.
Fulda Athletic Director Luther Onken commented Friday about the postponement after the officials had not arrived at the field by the usual 30 minutes before gametime.
"I called about 6:45 p.m., 6:50 p.m., and finally got a hold of an individual's cell phone," Onken said. "He said the crew had disbanded."
Onken stated, however, that the game officials had signed a contract to work the game, as every officiating crew does for each individual game.
Fans who bought tickets to the game were given refunds if they said they wouldn't be able to make it back today. For those who did say they'd be able to come back, Onken said they would be allowed back in the stadium on the honor system.