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Prep Football Roundup: Late Wildcat rally falls short in 16-9 loss

HERON LAKE -- Playing without injured backs Tyler Obermoller and Kirk McBreen, the Southwestern United Wildcats gave Wabasso a great game on Southwest Star Concept's homecoming Friday night, but came up seven points short, as the Rabbits claimed a 16-9 victory.

Wabasso (5-2, 4-0) opened the scoring on a 54-yard run by Derek Riley on the first play of the second quarter. Riley added the two-point conversion, giving the Rabbits an 8-0 lead.

After homecoming king Andrew Rossow returned a pass interception 25 yards to the Wabasso 11-yard line, Mike Stenzel capped SWU's touchdown drive with a 1-yard plunge.

Later, Wabasso capitalized on superior field position and opened up a 16-6 lead, but the Wildcats battled to an exciting finish, as Octavio Jimenez booted a 35-yard field goal and then recovered his own on-side kick.

On the game's final play, the Wildcats gained 32 yards on a hook-and-ladder play from quarterback Ben Scheevel to Jameson Collin (two catches, 39 yards) to Cory Pelzel, back to Collin and then to Jimenez, who was tackled at the Wabasso 18-yard line.

In his first start at tailback, Pelzel had an outstanding night for the Wildcats, rushing 30 times for 126 yards.

Riley had 222 yards on the ground for the Rabbits.

SWU (3-4, 2-2) travels to Renville County West for the regular season-finale Wednesday.

Wabasso 0 8 8 0 -- 16

SWU0 6 0 3 -- 9

Springfield 39, ML/B-O 14

MOUNTAIN LAKE -- The young Wolverines of Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin played Springfield to a 14-all halftime tie, but the Tigers took command of the game with a pair of quick-strike touchdowns early in the third quarter.

ML/B-O quarterback Steven Herrig completed seven of 17 passes for 76 yards and rushed six times for 53 yards, while Spencer Johnson gained 69 yards on six carries.

The Wolverines (0-7, 0-4) welcomed back Dalton Wall from an injury, and the versatile back responded with 72 rushing yards on four carries, including a 63-yard touchdown run. Wall also had three catches for 42 yards.

Sophomore Isaac Hildebrandt scored ML/B-O's second touchdown, capping a nine-play, 34-yard drive late in the second quarter. Herrig's two-point conversion pass to Wall tied the score.

Johnson and Herrig had 10 and seven tackles, respectively, for the Wolverines, who play at Wabasso Wednesday.

Springfield 7 7 19 6 -- 39

ML/B-O 0 14 0 0 -- 14

RCW 41, RRC 20

LAMBERTON -- Two big plays by Renville County West -- after Red Rock Central had scored a second-quarter touchdown -- lifted the Jaguars to a 28-6 halftime lead, changing the momentum of RRC's homecoming contest.

"We ran 36 plays in the first half, compared to 18 for them," said RRC head coach Brian Walker. "Yet they had a three-touchdown lead. We moved the ball well, but the Jaguars scored on a kick-off return -- right after our touchdown -- and then added another TD on a long pass late in the half."

RCW (4-3, 2-2) finished with 261 total yards (208 rushing, 53 passing) and had 13 first downs.

The Falcons (1-6, 1-3) picked up 17 first downs and racked up 288 total yards (191 rushing and 97 passing).

Bevern Wani capped a 34-yard drive with a 16-yard burst for RRC's first touchdown, with 4:34 to play in the first half.

Nate Bierman, who had five catches for 55 yards, set up the score with a 20-yard punt return.

Matt Sticha (11 carries, 65 yards) hauled in a 13-yard pass from Jake Fredrickson for the second RRC touchdown, and Dylan Bunting's 5-yard TD run was followed by Fredrickson's two-point conversion pass to Matt Fox, completing the Falcon scoring.

Tyler Mattison and Nathan Mattison each charted 11 tackles to lead the RRC defense.

The Falcons host Springfield Wednesday night.

RCW 14 14 7 6 -- 41

RRC 0 6 0 14 -- 20