PA completes last-second Hail Mary to beat St. James
ST. JAMES — A 41-yard Hail-Mary pass with one second remaining on the clock lifted Pipestone Area over St. James 32-26 Friday in the 2013 football opener for both teams.
The score was tied 26-26 when junior Arrows quarterback Boyer Bouman hit sophomore wide receiver Justin Rops for the score. The ball was not tipped. Rops went up and picked it out of the air and the Arrows had their remarkable victory.
The Arrows won despite being outscored 26-12 in the first half. They held St. James scoreless the rest of the way, scoring 14 points in the third quarter to get to within a touchdown of the Saints heading into the fourth quarter.
Bouman threw for four touchdowns on the night. His first TD pass was 11 yards to Rops. He also tallied scores on an 18-yard pass to Brady Bos and a 14-yard pass to Brayden Baartman.
Bos scored the other Pipestone Area touchdown on a one-yard run.
Bouman finished with 156 yards passing, completing 11 of 28 attempts. He had one interception. He also rushed eight times for 64 yards.
Bos led the Arrows in rushing with 110 yards on 18 carries, and he also caught five passes for 37 yards.
Jackson County Central takes down St. Louis Park
ST. LOUIS PARK — Coming off of a strong 2012 season, the Jackson County Central Huskies started their 2013 football campaign right with a strong non-conference win against St. Louis Park Friday night.
In a run-dominated game, junior running back Luke Norland scored two of Jackson’s three touchdowns with two seven-yard rushes, both scores occurring in the second quarter.
Also helping carry the ball for JCC were Keegan Moore and Paden Moore. Keegan finished the game with 119 total rushing yards, and Paden finishing with 11 carries for 45 yards. Through the air, JCC’s Taylor Breck had 2 catches for a total of 37 yards.
Jackson Coach Tom Schuller was very impressed with the depth of both his offense and defense.
“I believe we played extremely well on both sides of the ball tonight, and I’m very pleased to get a win tonight against a quality team like St. Louis. What I am very impressed with is the depth of my football team. We had a lot of key plays come from the guys off the bench.”
Scoring St. Louis Park’s lone touchdown was Bryant Griffen. The senior fullback scored on a nine-yard run in the third quarter.
St. Louis Park finished with a total of only eight first downs in the game, six by rushing, one by pass and one by penalty. The Orioles finished the game with 79 yards passing and 75 rushing for a game total of 154 yards.
Jackson had a game total of 20 first downs, 18 by ground and two by air. JCC finished with 54 yards through the air and 278 on the ground for a game total of 332.
With the zero-week game (where some Minnesota prep teams get a one-week head start on the season due to scheduling problems), some of Jackson’s players had some long days. For example, Nolan Hohenstein, Jackson’s guard and defensive tackle came straight from St. Paul and the Minnesota State Fair to play St. Louis Park.
Jackson’s next game is Friday in a non-conference matchup against Foley in Jackson.
Jackson 0 14 7 0 — 21
St. Louis P 0 0 7 0 — 7