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Prep football: Luverne rolls, Windom Area falls in OT

ST. JAMES — Compiling 338 yards of offense while allowing just 95, the Luverne High School football team crushed host St. James Area 33-8 Friday night in its season opener.

Five different Cardinals scored touchdowns.

Jackson Winter scored the first on a 31-yard carry. Connor Hoffman passed to Nick Overgaard for a 29-yard score with six seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Two more TDs came in the second quarter, the first on a 20-yard run by Payton Stemper and the second on a 3-yard run by Andrew Verhey.

In the third quarter, Luverne’s Blake Baum made the score 33-0 on a five-yard touchdown carry.

St. James Area scored later in the third quarter on a Brady Halvorson pass to Noah Pinke that covered 75 yards. With less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Saints tacked on a safety.

The Cardinals amassed 256 yards rushing on 56 attempts. Winter led the way with 86 yards on six attempts. Hoffman rushed seven times for 50.

Hoffman also completed three of three passes for 69 yards. Overgaard completed three of four for 13.

As a team, Luverne controlled the ball for 31 minutes while St. James had it for just 17. The Cards had 20 first downs to St. James Area’s four.

Luverne 13 14 6 0 — 33

St. James 0 0 6 2 — 8

St. Peter 13, Windom 7 (OT)

ST. PETER — Windom Area dropped a heartbreaker in its season opener against new conference mate St. Peter.

The Eagles and Saints couldn’t settle it by the end of regulation. But St. Peter was able to score on its first overtime possession to take a 13-7 Big South Conference victory.

Defense prevailed on both sides as the scoreboard still read zero on both sides at halftime. When the third quarter came to a close, it was still deadlocked at 0-0 as neither offense was able to break through.

Finally, the Eagles were able to dent the scoreboard with seven minutes to play in regulation. Sam Huska plunged over the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper. The extra point was good and Windom was on top 7-0. But with three minutes left, St. Peter evened things up and the game went into overtime.

Windom Area took the ball first but saw its overtime drive end without a score when St. Peter was able to pick off a pass. The Saints got the game-winner on a fullback dive by freshman Tony Putz.

Windom 0 0 0 7 0 — 7

St. Peter 0 0 0 7 6 — 13

Madelia 54, HL-O 8

MADELIA — Dakotah Schmid scored for Heron Lake-Okabena with a three-yard run and Austin Hietbrink plunged over for the two-point conversion, but that was all the scoring for the Wildcats in a one-sided game against Madelia.

The Blackhawks scored 32 points in the second quarter to take a 40-0 lead into intermission.

Tight end Jake Denn scored on two pass receptions for Madelia, which used a good mixture of pass and run to move through the HL-O defense.

Schmid finished with more than 100 yards rushing and teammate Jake Getzel added 60 more yards.

HL-O 0 0 8 0 — 8

Madelia 8 32 18 0 — 54

PA 14, Redwood 13

REDWOOD FALLS — Pipestone Area got a big fourth quarter touchdown and followed that with a defensive stand to finish off a win to open the season.

The comeback sealed a 14-13 Big South Conference victory for the Arrows on the road against Redwood Valley in a game that was delayed by lightning.

Redwood Valley held a 13-6 lead going into the fourth quarter. Pipestone Area capped off a clutch drive with an 8-yard pass from senior quarterback Boyer Bouman to Collin Moeller that got the arrows within one at 13-12. Arrows head coach Troy Bouman elected to go for the two-point conversion and the lead rather than the tie. On the attempt, Bouman hit Daniel Larson in the end zone and Pipestone Area went on top 14-13.

The problem was, the Cardinals still had 5:07 left to reclaim the lead.

Redwood Valley narrowly picked up a couple first downs on fourth-down conversions. Finally, the Arrows came away with the stop and held on the victory.

The night started well for Pipestone when they got a 30-yard touchdown pass from Bouman to Brayden Baartman to go up 6-0.

Pipestone 6 0 0 8 — 14

Redwood 0 13 0 0 — 13

Fulda 30, GHEC/T 20

FULDA — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman kept things tight, but Fulda managed to pick up its first win in as many tries Friday.

The Raiders pulled away to take a 30-20 Southern Confederacy Conference win on the heels of a big night by junior quarterback Brian Fenske. He finished the night with 105 yards on the ground to go with 67 yards passing.

The first touchdown of the night, however, came courtesy of sophomore running back Brandon Everett. He scored on a 7-yard scamper before Fenske made it an 8-0 game at the end of one with a two-point conversion run.

GHEC/T tied the game with a long touchdown run early in the second quarter, but Fulda came back with two scores in the frame and held a 22-8 lead at the break. The first came on a 50-yard touchdown scramble by Fenske. Late in the half, Jon Gehl added to the lead with a 5-yard run to which Fenske added the conversion.

The visiting team’s defense came up with a big play to get within a score early in the third quarter. Mitchell Scheff scooped up a Raiders fumble and returned it for six. The conversion attempt failed, but the deficit had been carved to 22-14.

Fenske put it away early in the fourth. He broke free on a 9-yard touchdown run and also scored on the conversion, giving Fulda a 30-14 advantage with time ticking down.

Everett led the Raider rushing attack with 135 yards. Fenske added 105 with Gehl coming in at 68. Fenske completed 6-of-13 passes for 67 yards. Defensively, Everett led the team in tackles with nine. Rylan Baumhoefner added six tackles and recovered a fumble while Fenske stepped in front of a pass for an interception.

GHEC/T 0 8 6 6 — 20

Fulda 8 14 0 8 — 30

Springfield 33, RRC 0

SPRINGFIELD — Red Rock Central couldn’t get much going Friday in its season-opening loss to Springfield.

The Falcons couldn’t find the end zone while the Tigers built an early lead and never looked back. The result was a 33-0 Southern Minnesota Conference win for Springfield.

By halftime, it was 21-0 in favor of the Tigers.

Jordan Schroepfer, a senior tailback, finished with 61 yards on 27 carries to lead the RRC rushing attack. He also had two receptions for 16 yards. Taylor Bunting went 6-for-25 passing the ball, covering 47 yards with Springfield coming up with two interceptions. Luke Engen caught two passes for 20 yards.

RRC 0 0 0 0 — 0

Springfield 7 14 12 0 — 33