Wildcats roll past Sleepy Eye with strong second half; Blue Earth edges Windom, 28-12
BREWSTER -- In a wild, exciting game that featured seven pass interceptions, two long touchdown runs and a 42-yard field goal, the Wildcats of Southwestern United earned a 29-13 victory over Sleepy Eye Public Friday night.
It was SWU's first win in the Southern Minnesota Conference, as the Wildcats dominated the second half.
SWU seniors Ben Scheevel and Tyler Obermoller both had big statistical games for the Wildcats (1-1), who had a total of 316 yards of offense.
Scheevel intercepted three passes in the game, including a key pick to stop a Sleepy Eye drive in the fourth quarter.
Obermoller, who scored three touchdowns, rushed for 115 yards on 28 carries. He also had four catches for 109 yards, including an 80-yard TD dash on a screen pass that came on a third-and-21 situation,
Obermoller also capped SWU drives with touchdown bursts from 2- and 6-yards out.
Scheevel, who was 7-for-12 passing for 136 yards, tossed a 5-yard TD pass to freshman Jameson Collin, who had three catches for 26 yards.
Octavio Jimenez kicked a pair of extra-points and then clinched the victory with a 42-yard field goal in the game's closing minutes.
Mike Stenzel topped the Wildcat tackling chart with 11 stops, while Obermoller and Andrew Rossow each had seven tackles.
Cory Pelzel intercepted a pass and Alex Busch recovered a fumble to help stop the Indians twice, as SWU took advantage of five turnovers in the game.
Sleepy Eye (1-1) scored the game's first touchdown, capping a nice drive early in the second quarter. The Indians later tied the game with an 85-yard kickoff return by Jessie Fischer midway through the third period.
But the Wildcats answered with Obermoller's long touchdown run and then stayed in command with solid blocking by their offensive line
SWU plays in Comfrey next Saturday, Sept. 13, against Cedar Mountain/Comfrey.
Sleepy Eye 0 6 7 0 -- 13
SWU 0 6 13 10 -- 29
CM/C 42, RRC 8
LAMBERTON -- Red Rock Central came up with five turnovers, but the Falcons were able to sustain more than one drive, as Cedar Mountain/Comfrey posted a big conference victory.
Tyler Pendelton completed 6-of-10 passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to lead the Cougars to an early 30-0 lead.
RRC (0-2) came back with the first touchdown of the second half, as Jake Fredrickson capped a Falcon drive with a 2-yard QB sneak. A Nate Bierman pass interception put RRC in good field position.
RRC, meanwhile, was held to just 48 yard of offense -- getting 46 of them on the ground.
Freshmen backs Clay Peterson (two carries, 23 yards) and Nathan Mattison (11 rushes, 18 yards) paced the Falcons.
Brian Benedict recovered two fumbles, and Nathan Mattison pounced on another. Taylor Mattison blocked a punt and had a team-leading nine tackles for the Falcons, while Matt Fox came up with six tackles.
CM/C 8 22 6 6 -- 42
RRC 0 0 8 0 -- 8
SESM 23, ML/B-O 16
SLEEPY EYE -- Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin came close, but couldn't pull out a victory against Sleepy Eye St. Mary's Friday.
Arec Tucker had 23 yards on the ground, including a 7-yard touchdown scamper in the first half, and also had 52 yards in the air.
Isaac Hildebrandt had 30 yards receiving to lead the Wolverines (0-2), and also had 42 yards rushing, including a 1-yard touchdown dive.
ML/B-O will host McLoud West Friday.
ML/B-O 0 8 0 8 -- 16
SESM 0 8 7 8 -- 23
Southwest Conference BEA 28, Windom 12
BLUE EARTH -- Clint Jurgens rushed for 90 yards on 13 carries and capped an Eagle third quarter drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.
Jurgens recovered a Blue Earth Area fumble to set up that 35-yard drive, which cut the Buccaneers' lead to 14-6.
BEA (1-1) came back with a drive of its own to open a 21-6 advantage.
Billy Hochstein gained 38 yards on the ground on six rushes to help Windom, while Ryan Gilbertson was 5-of-10 passing for 67 yards.
Bryce Quiring was on the receiving end of three of those completions for 57 yards, including a 19-yard TD strike on a post route in the fourth quarter.
Windom had a total of 158 yards rushing and was led on defense by the play of Jurgens and Curt Nagorske.
The Eagles (1-1) host Worthington Friday.
Windom 0 0 6 6 -- 12
BEA 0 14 7 7 -- 28