High school football: Windom Area wins opener
WINDOM —The Windom Area Eagles wasted no time in 2013 breaking a lengthy football drought.
St. James scored first, on the first drive of the game, on a five-yard pass from Walker Froehling to Ryan Menssen. But Windom Area tied the game at 6-6 on the first play of the second quarter as Zach Bartosh passed 79 yards to Jacob Gotto.
Windom Area scored once again before the half after a fourth-and-goal pass fell incomplete and St. James took over possession of the football. Two plays later the Eagles secured a safety to go up 8-6.
WAHS scored in the third stanza after a Gotto interception at midfield, as Bartosh connected with Gotto on a 15-yard passing score. The Eagles’ final touchdown came after another interception — again near midfield, this time by Jeff Pfeffer — and culminated seven plays later on a 23-yard Bartosh to Pfeffer.
St. James ended the scoring with 1:33 left in the game on a 15-yard hookup from Froehling to Justin Stevens.
Windom Area rushed for 84 yards and passed for 206. Bartosh completed 9 of 19 passes for all of Windom Area’s passing yardage, with one interception. August Nielsen, a foreign exchange student from Denmark, led the Eagles in rushing with 73 yards on 18 totes. Ryley Espenson carried seven times for 20 yards.
The Eagles’ defense forced five turnovers. Gotto had two interceptions, Pfeffer one, and Nielsen intercepted a pass with under a minute to to in the game.
Windom Area will try to go 2-0 Friday when it hosts Southwest Conference rival Pipestone Area
Windom 0 8 6 8 — 22
St. James 6 0 0 8 — 14