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Late drive lifts RRC past Sleepy Eye

LAMBERTON -- Scoring a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns Friday night, the Red Rock Central Falcons broke open a close game with the Sleepy Eye Indians to claim a 20-6 season-opening Southern Minnesota Conference victory.

LAMBERTON -- Scoring a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns Friday night, the Red Rock Central Falcons broke open a close game with the Sleepy Eye Indians to claim a 20-6 season-opening Southern Minnesota Conference victory.

RRC's Dylan Barker intercepted a Sleepy Eye pass at the Falcon eight-yard line to stop an Indian drive. He then returned the pick 77 yards to the SE 15-yard line.

Three plays later, Bevern Kedl rambled nine yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Falcon quarterback Blake Walker rushed for the two-point conversion, giving RRC a 14-6 lead with 8:37 to play.

Seven minutes later, Kedl intercepted a pass and two plays later Ryan Benedict scampered 14 yards for the third Falcon touchdown.

A 45-yard run by Barker on RRC's first possession set up a touchdown run by Walker, capping a 73-yard drive to start the game.

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Sleepy Eye (0-1) responded in the second quarter with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Gideon Piotter to Brandon Havenmeier.

RRC (1-0) had a total of 18 first downs in the game and racked up 324 yards of offense, getting 296 of them on the ground. Benedict rushed 22 times for 113 yards and Barker gained 100 yards on six rushes.

The Falcons, paced by middle linebacker Logan Swenson's 12 tackles, held the Indians to 50 net yards of rushing and forced 15 incomplete passes.

The Falcons, who had five quarterback sacks in the game, travel to Danube Friday for a contest with Renville County West.

Sleepy Eye 0 6 0 0 -- 6

RRC 6 0 0 14 -- 20

ML-B-O 17, SESM 12

SLEEPY EYE -- Kyle Schroeder ran for a pair of touchdowns and intercepted two passes to lead Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin.

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ML-B-O scored the game's first points when Tyler Oakland kicked a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Schroeder scored from a yard out on a quarterback keeper later in the second quarter, and Oakland added the point-after kick to give the Wolverines a 10-0 lead at halftime.

Schroeder again scored from a yard out in the third quarter, and Oakland's kick was good to finish ML-B-O's scoring. SESM also scored a touchdown in the third quarter to make it 17-6 going into the fourth quarter.

SESM cut the lead to 17-12 with about five minutes remaining in the game and attempted an onside kick. However, ML-B-O recovered the ball and moved the chains for two first downs to seal the victory.

Schroeder finished the game with 34 rushing yards and 44 passing yards (6-for-11). Mike Smith rushed for 91 yards for the Wolverines, who totaled 145 yards on the ground.

ML-B-O (1-0) visits Springfield next week.

ML-B-O 0 10 7 0 -- 17

SESM 0 0 6 6 -- 12

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Marshall 35, Luverne 0

LUVERNE -- Rushing for 271 yards and passing for 158 more, the Marshall Tigers posted a lop-sided Southern Minnesota Alliance victory over the Luverne Cardinals.

Nathan Baumann scored two touchdowns -- each from a yard out -- for the Tigers (1-0), who picked up 18 first downs in the contest. Baumann finished with 79 yards on 14 carries.

Tony Awoleye scored on a four-yard burst before Aaron Ogdahl hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Marshall quarterback Keith Graven, who connected on eight passes in 15 attempts.

Nick Ritter dashed 85 yards from scrimmage for the final Tiger touchdown.

Luverne (0-1) was held to 120 yards of offense -- 95 on the ground and 25 through the air -- while managing just six first downs. The Cardinals never moved the ball inside the Marshall 20-yard line.

Phillip Paquette rushed 10 times for 51 yards to lead LHS, which travels to New Ulm for its next game, Sept. 8.

Marshall 0 14 7 14 -- 35

Luverne 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Storm Lake 34,

Sheldon 21

STORM LAKE -- Taking advantage of a pass interception and a muffed punt, the Sheldon Orabs had a strong second quarter -- scoring three touchdown and taking a brief lead.

But Storm Lake came back to tie the game just before halftime and then outplayed the Orabs in the second half.

Stephen Kirschbaum connected on a pair of touchdown passes to Andy Goeb, covering 16 and 10 yard, respectively, and Ryan Warnke added a three-yard TD burst. Craig Blankers came up with a key pass interception to set up one of the drives.

Nick Pulscher paced the Orab rushing attack with 115 yards on 14 carries.

Storm Lake, which outgained Sheldon, 208-164 on the ground, was led by Tyson Brandt's 151 yards and two touchdown runs.

Mitch McCabe was 13-of-22 passing for 194 yards and a trio of touchdowns, as Storm Lake racked up 402 total yards compared to Sheldon's 237.

The Orabs host Estherville-Lincoln Central Friday.

Sheldon 0 21 0 0 -- 21

Storm Lake 7 14 6 7 -- 34

Okoboji 20, S-O 0

SIBLEY, Iowa -- Okoboji held Sibley-Ocheyedan to 21 rushing yards in earning a non-district victory over the Generals.

Okoboji's Ryan Wurtz scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter before Matt Tschetter later added two touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters, respectively.

Nathan Haas was 2-for-2 on extra-point kicks for the Pioneers, who tallied 162 rushing yards, recovered three fumbles and charted two interceptions.

Max Eddy led S-O with 17 tackles, while Matt Jurgens (15) and Derek Hoffman (12) were also high on the Generals' tackle chart.

The Generals (0-1) play at Spirit Lake next week.

Okoboji 7 7 0 6 -- 20

S-O 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Other scores

In other Iowa action Friday night, Charter Oak-Ute defeated Harris-Lake Park 51-30, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn beat Spirit Lake 41-8, and Central Lyon-George-Little Rock upended West Lyon 14-0.

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