PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Wildcats snap 32-game losing streak with OT win
BREWSTER -- Kurt Schmitz bolted across the goal line from six yards out on Southwestern United's second offensive play of the second overtime Friday night, putting the Wildcats up 12-6 in a Southern Confederacy Conference 9-man high school football game against the combination of Granada-Huntley-East Chain and Truman.
The Wildcats, who came up with four defensive turnovers in the contest, forced the Jaguars into a fourth-and-23 situation on G-H-EC/T's offensive chance and clinched the victory on a pass interception in the end zone by Justin Jass.
The win by SWU was the first for the Wildcats after 32 consecutive losses, dating back to late September of 2008 when they claimed a 17-8 victory over Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin in an 11-man game at Brewster.
After three straight winless campaigns, the Wildcats played well on both sides of the ball and are back in the victory column after grinding out 205 yards rushing and coming up with several defensive stops, including ones on the Jaguars first and last possessions.
G-H-EC/T marched 70 yards on its opening drive --spearheaded by the hard-running of Jared Green --but the drive ended when SWU's Matt Soto stripped the football after a completed pass at the Wildcat seven-yard line and returned the recovery several yards helping neutralize the game's momentum.
Neither team scored in the first half, although field position favored the Jaguars, who rushed 44 times for 241 yards and completed five passes (12 attempts) for 42 yards.
A key pass interception by SWU's Erik Jass stopped a second Jaguars drive in the second quarter.
The Wildcats capitalized on a fumble recovery by Mark Ferguson in the third quarter and sustained a nine-play, 45-yard drive which put the game's first points on the board when Justin Jass carried the ball across the goal line from three yards out with 5:11 remaining in the period.
The touchdown was the fourth of the season for Jass, who finished the night with 84 yards rushing on 19 carries.
The Jaguars (0-2) responded with a long sustained drive of their own, scoring with 5:46 left in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Green.
Each team had a chance to score in the closing minutes of regulation.
Schmitz, who carried the ball 26 times for 95 yards and came up with a team-leading 13 tackles, blocked a late field-goal attempt by G-H-EC/T, sending the game into overtime.
Neither team was able to cross the goal line in the first overtime.
But, after carrying for four yards on the first play of the second extra period, Schmitz -- out of a Power I, Wildcat formation --followed lead blocker Eric Haberman through a large hole created by right guard Mykil Vonk and the Wildcats took the lead.
Justin Jass had 11 tackles for SWU, while twin brother Erik came up with nine, including a touchdown-saving tackle on the Jaguars during the first overtime.
Soto (nine), Haberman (seven), Jordan Hall (seven), Ferguson (five) and Vonk (five) also turned in stellar defensive efforts for the Wildcats (1-1) who travel to Fulda Friday.
Both Vonk and Ferguson had quarterback sacks, as SWU was able to effectively pressure the Jaguars' passing game and came up with the two interceptions and a key late-game pass breakup by Aaron Fest which kept G-H-EC/T from getting a first down at the Wildcat two-yard line.
G-H-EC/T 0 0 0 6 0 -- 6
SWU 0 0 6 0 6 -- 12
Adrian 21, M/LHI 7
MINNEOTA -- Jake Tiede pretty much did everything a human being could do on a football field, making 12 tackles, scoring two touchdowns and kicking three extra points to lead Adrian's football team over Minneota/Lincoln HI 21-7 Friday.
Logan Rogers opened the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Nate Loosbrock in the first quarter. Rogers completed six of 10 passes for 85 yards and Loosbrock hauled in four passes for 62 of those yards. Tiede (20 carries, 90 yards) had a three-yard touchdown run and a two-yard touchdown run in the second and third quarters, respectively.
Cody Polzine got a late interception in the fourth quarter to seal it for Adrian (2-0). Jordan Preuss and Jake Diekmann each had 10 tackles to help pace Adrian's defense.
Austin Buysse connected with Alec Enger on a 53-yard pass in the first quarter for the lone touchdown to Minneota/Lincoln HI.
Adrian will travel to Lakeview Friday.
Adrian 7 7 7 0 -- 21
M/LHI 7 0 0 0 -- 7
D-B 41, MCC 12
SLAYTON -- Defending Class A state champion Dawson-Boyd scored a pair of touchdowns in the last two minutes of the second quarter and later broke the game open with two scores in the fourth quarter.
But, Murray County Central scored first and racked up a total of 293 yards --on 63 plays --while driving for 14 first downs in the contest, which was much closer than the final score indicates.
Jack Thony's long run on a sweep highlighted MCC's opening drive, which covered 69 yards on seven plays and was capped by Mitch Reinsma's two-yard touchdown burst.
After stopping the Blackjacks, the Rebels marched to the goal line again on their second drive but were stopped at the one-yard line.
D-B changed the momentum of the contest with an 11-play, 99-yard drive and then scored twice --following an interception and a fumble recovery on the kickoff -- in the last 1:47 of the first half.
The Blackjacks (2-0) finished the game with 431 total yards on 55 plays, while getting 20 first downs.
Justin Lee churned out 163 yards on 18 carries, for D-B which hammered out 391 yards rushing on 46 attempts, while completing three passes for 40 yards.
Reinsma (12 carries, 78 yards) scored MCC's second touchdown on a three-yard run, which capped a nine-play, 39-yard drive in the third quarter.
The Rebels rushed 47 times for 234 yards and Seth Bass completed seven of 16 passes for 59 yards.
Thony had four catches for 38 yards, intercepted a pass and returned it 36 yards and also rushed 15 times for 81 yards.
Devin Miranowski had a monster game on defense for MCC, finishing the game with a total of 14 tackles.
The Rebels (1-1) travel to Canby for another Little Sioux Conference clash Friday.
D-B 0 21 7 13 -- 41
MCC 6 0 6 0 -- 12
Sheldon 35, UC 0
ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Chris Balster had four touchdowns on the day to lead Sheldon (2-1) over Unity Christian Friday in football action.
Balster completed five of his seven passes for 173 yards and one touchdown, connecting with Nathan Oostra (three receptions, 124 yards) on an 81-yard touchdown pass. Balster also found the end zone three times on the ground, rushing for 79 yards on 11 carries.
Hunter McDonald had 31 yards on the ground on eight carries with a touchdown.
Defensively, Darin Greenfield found the ball, making three tackles for loss and scooping up three fumbles, one of which he forced.
Sheldon will host Cherokee Friday for homecoming.
Sheldon 14 21 0 0 -- 35
UC 0 0 0 0 -- 0
PA 40, Windom 18
PIPESTONE -- Jacob Derby and Alex Ossefoort had quite the connection for Pipestone Area's football team Friday night versus Windom.
Derby was 7-for-14 with 115 yards and four touchdowns through the air and three of those touchdowns went to Ossefoort to help lead the Arrows (2-0, 1-0) to a Southwest Conference win over Windom (0-2, 0-1).
Derby (five carries, 42 yards) scored touchdowns on an 11-yard run, 20-yard pass to Sawyer Pals and a 26-yard pass to Ossefoort in the first quarter. Derby returned a punt for 46 yards and a touchdown and connected with Ossefoort twice (20 yards, two yards) for touchdowns in the second quarter to cap the scoring.
Michael Rivera found Jacob Gotto for a 26-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter for Windom and Brandon Thongvivong (12 yards) and Bryce Bever (23 yards) in the fourth quarter for Windom.
Windom 0 0 6 12 -- 18
PA 20 20 0 0 -- 40
H-LP 44, R-U 40
REMSEN, Iowa -- Colin Brons completed 19 of his 27 pass attempts for 243 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to Eli Ihnen to lead Harris-Lake Park's football team over Remsen-Union Friday.
Brons had two sacks on defense and Ihnen hauled in eight catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 16 tackles on defense.
Kade Heikens also had a pair of 75-yard kickoff returns for H-LP (2-1).
H-LP 8 29 7 0 -- 44
R-U 14 12 8 6 -- 40
MLA 44, RCW 0
RENVILLE -- Mountain Lake Area cruised by Renville County West Friday in football action to move to 2-0 on the season.
Carter Kirk was 17-for-28 with 270 yards and five touchdowns through the air and ran for 148 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries on the ground. Kirk found Josiah Stoesz (six receptions, 60 yards) for three touchdowns and Levi Kass (five receptions, 85 yards) and Eric Wenner (one catch, 29 yards) for a touchdown each.
Ryan Klassen had seven carries for 72 yards and a touchdown to cap the scoring for MLA.
The Wolverines will host Hills-Beaver Creek Friday.
MLA 24 0 14 6 -- 44
RCW 0 0 0 0 -- 0
A/A 14, S-O 0
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Sibley-Ocheyedan's football squad fell to 1-2 with the loss to Alta/Aurelia Friday.
Owen Wiese completed nine of his 21 passes for 92 yards, Dillon Thies had four catches for 25 yards and 11 tackles, Josh Wagenaar had three catches for 46 yards, 10 tackles and a sack, Jose Olvera had 14 tackles and Dylan Brockshus had nine carries for 42 yards to lead S-O.
S-O will travel to Lawton-Bronson Friday.
A/A 8 0 6 0 -- 14
S-O 0 0 0 0 -- 0
W-WG 48, Fulda 16
WESTBROOK -- John Elzenga complete nine passes and five of them went for touchdowns to lead Westbrook-Walnut Grove over Fulda 48-16 Friday in football action.
Levi Bunting had three receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns, Dana Madson had two catches for 19 yards and a touchdown and 17 carries for 167 yards and Andrew Merrick had one catch for a touchdown to help lead W-WG (2-0).
Defensively, Madson had 10 tackles, Matt Otto had nine tackles and a fumble recovery, Bunting had eight tackles and a sack and Tyler Schoborg had two sacks for W-WG.
Fulda (0-2) had 39 carries for 150 yards and 15 yards receiving.
W-WG will host Nicollet Friday and Fulda will host Southwestern United Friday.
Fulda 0 0 16 0 -- 16
W-WG 14 20 6 8 -- 48
CL/G-LR 56, Cherokee 0
CHEROKEE, Iowa -- Josh Hunt had 10 rushes for 61 yards and two touchdowns and Luke Grooters had five carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns to lead Central Lyon/George-Little Rock over Cherokee Friday in football action.
Jesse Henrichs had 86 yards rushing and a touchdown to go along with two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown for CL/G-LR (2-1). Ethan Christians also had four carries for 10 yards and a touchdown and Jericho Poppinga added another touchdown for the Lions, while Austin Hayenga had two interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense.
CL/G-LR will host MOC-Floyd Valley Friday.
CL/G-LR 21 21 7 7 -- 56
Cherokee 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Luverne 27, RV 10
REDWOOD FALLS --Racking up 456 yards of total offense and holding Redwood Valley to a mere 44 yards rushing, Luverne won the Southwest Conference battle of the Cardinals.
RV (0-2, 0-1) did pass for 164 yards and score 10 second-quarter points, but the diversified attack for LHS (306 yards rushing, 150 passing) produced four touchdowns, including a pair in the first quarter.
Wyatt Aubert scored first for Luverne on a seven-yard run and Matt Arends (four catches for 59 yards) hauled in a nine-yard TD pass from Skyler Wenninger (3-of-7 passing for 56 yards, 11 rushes for 74 yards).
Brett Heronimus (nine carries for 106 yards, 9-of-15 passing for 94 yards and two catches for 47 yards) scored for Luverne in the third quarter on a 23-yard run, followed by Gunnar Olson's (eight carries for 59 yards) two-point conversion run.
In the fourth quarter, Andrew Berhey crossed the goal line from eight yards out and Richard Gonzales booted the extra-point.
Luverne (2-0, 1-0) hosts Jackson County Central Friday.
Luverne 12 0 8 7 -- 27
Redwood 0 10 0 0 -- 10