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Prep football roundup: HL-O/F edges RRC

HL-O/F 30, RRC 29

FULDA -- In an exciting 9-man high school football game between two evenly-matched teams, Heron Lake-Okabena / Fulda scored last and came up with a defensive stop to end Red Rock Central’s final drive Friday night, giving the Coyotes a 30-29 victory.

There were many big plays by both squads in the game, which featured several lead changes and a stellar passing performance by Coyote sophomore quarterback Eli Fest, who completed 17-of-27 throws for 213 yards -- spread among five receivers.

Twice on the Coyotes’ opening drive, Fest completed 14-yard passes on fourth-and-three situations as HLO/F marched 65 yards on 13 plays.

Brandon Hinkeldey, who later blocked a Falcon punt attempt which set up the Coyotes winning touchdown, caught the first of those clutch passes. Zach Thier, who finished with 11 tackles and a sack, hauled in the second key pass of that drive.

Fest scored three touchdowns for HLO/F, each of them short runs which capped sustained Coyote drives, and also crossed the goal line on a two-point conversion run.

Levi Spittle, who came up with the ball after Hinkeldey’s punt block, scored the game’s last touchdown (6:26 remaining) and also ran in the decisive two-point conversion on a well-executed reverse, getting a great block from Hinkeldey as he turned the corner.

RRC had opened up third-quarter leads of 21-14 and 29-22 on a 45-yard pass reception by Austin Irlbeck (from Tavion Ryker) and an 81-yard kick return by Jonah Hansen.

HLOL/F responded with a long drive, which was stopped by an interception by RRC’s Mason Irlbeck near the Falcon goal line. The Coyotes held on defense, allowing Hinkeldey and Spittle to come through with their late-game heroics.

The Falcons, behind the passing of Ryker (8-of-12 for 91 yards), were driving when HLO/F’s Tyler Madison intercepted a pass inside the Coyote 10-yard line and returned the ball to the 25. Andrew Madsen (20 carries for 64 yards) surged for an HLOL first down and the Coyotes ran out the clock.

Earlier in the game, RRC’s hard-running senior fullback Jared Schroepfer (159 yards rushing on 15 carries) had ripped off an 86-yard touchdown run on the first play after HLO/F’s second drive ended with a fumble.

Hansen scored RRC’s second touchdown on a five-yard sweep after Fest had capped a Coyote drive with a five-yard keeper and Madsen tacked on the two-point conversion run as HLO/F led 14-13 at intermission.

Spittle and Madison both caught four passes for the Coyotes, while Hinkeldey, Thier and Madsen each had a trio of receptions. Austin Irlbeck caught four passes for 78 yards to lead the Falcons.

“We just kept grinding away,” summed up HLO/F’s co-head coach Jonathon Curry. “We gave up at least three big plays, but we responded and continued playing hard.”

It was the first win for the newly-paired Coyotes (1-1), while RRC is now also 1-1.

RRC 7 6 16 0 -- 29HL-O/F 6 8 8 8 -- 30JCC 33, Luverne 0

JACKSON -- Jackson County Central’s defense stymied Luverne the entire night, allowing just 41 yards.

The Huskies’ first score came with 3:25 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run from Elijah Meium-Bratrud.

Meium-Bartrud scored JCC’s second touchdown with 6:26 remaining in the second quarter on a 11-yard scamper.  

With 21 seconds remaining in the first half the Huskies were able to find the endzone again on a 3 yard dash from senior tailback Zachary Neal.

With 10;56 left in the third quarter, the Huskies special teams unit was able to partake in the rout on a 17 yard blocked punt which junior Noah Carr returned for a touchdown.

The games final score came in the third quarter with 7:23 remaining on a 7-yard run from Bradley Buhl Jr.

The Huskies finished with 366 yards on offense, 262 of which came from the ground game.

The Cardinals had just 41 yards on offense, and 31 yards from its rushing game.

JCC 7 13 13 0 -- 33LHS 0 0 0 0 -- 0W-WG 50, MACRAY 30

CLARA CITY -- Nathan Ross threw four touchdown passes, two of them to Ethan Mischke, and Jace Paplow had a pair of scoring runs to lead the visiting Chargers.

Ross completed 15-of-29 throws for 250 yards. He hit Mischke for scoring strikes of 27 and 16 yards, both in the second quarter, and also tossed a 27-yard TD pass to Andrew Quade and a 25-yard connection for six points to Gabe Krick.

Quade had seven receptions for 141 yards, and also contributed a 1-yard TD run while carrying 12 times for 90 yards. Mischke had four catches for 76 yards, and Paplow contributed 10 carries for 41 yards.

Jake Kleven had 10 tackles and Paplow and Krick nine apiece to help boost the W-WG defensive effort. Ethan Parker chipped in with two sacks and a fumble recovery.

The Chargers (2-0) will host Russell-Tyler-Ruthton next Friday.

W-WG 0 28 14 8 -- 50MCCRAY 0 8 6 16 -- 30 MCC 30, Springfield 14

SLAYTON -- Murray County Central won its game underneath the Friday night lights against Springfield by rushing for 290 yards.

The Tigers struck first finding the endzone with 7:04 left in the first quarter on a 3-yard pass from quarterback Decker Scheffler to senior wideout Isaac Fink.

The Rebels answered shortly after with 6:46 left in the first quarter on a long 62-yard touchdown run from senior tailback Justin Benda, and converted on the two point conversion to take a one point lead.

MCC would strike next with 11:54 remaining in the second quarter, on a Mason Woldt 8 yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Drew Coulter.

Benda would get his second rushing touchdown on a 11 yard handoff with 2:54 remaining in the first half.

Benda would find the endzone once more with 6:06 remaining in the third on a 6 yard pitch.

Springfield found the endzone again with 5:08 left in the third quarter on a 1 yard run from Curtis Tauer.

Benda finished the night with an astonishing 17 carries for 153 yards, and three touchdowns.

MCC 8 15 7 0 -- 30Springfield 7 0 7 0 -- 14T-M-B 20, Adrian 14

ADRIAN -- The Panthers’ Jake Byrne thwarted a late Adrian drive with an interception as T-M-B fended off a Dragons’ comeback attempt.

After a scoreless first half, the Panthers got on the board first on a Konner Zick 6-yard TD run a little more than halfway through the third quarter. Trevor Eisfeld added a 3-yard scamper less than two a half a minutes later to give the guests a 14-0 advantage.

Brandon Schnoor’s 6-yard run scoring run with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter made it a 14-7 game, but Eisfeld reached paydirt from 2 yards out with 2:16 to go to make it a 20-7 affair. Adrian’s Marshall Wagner teamed up with Ian Stamer on an 8-yard scoring pass play with 1:14 remaining to close the deficit to 20-14, but the Dragons could get no closer.

Sawyer Otto led T-M-B in the rushing department, carrying 14 times for 116 yards. Otto was also 7-of-10 passing for 45 yards; he was intercepted twice.

For Adrian, Schnoor accumulated 68 yards on 20 carries, and Dakota John had 13 carries for 45 yards. Wagner completed 10-of-20 passes for 117 yards with one TD and one interception; four of those tosses were to Stamer (52 yards).

The Dragons (0-2) were buoyed on defense by Scot Edwards (nine tackles, two sacks), Lance Luettel (nine tackles, one sack), and Preston Nelson and Logan Taylor (nine tackles each).

T-M-B 0 0 14 6 -- 20Adrian 0 0 0 14 - 14H-M-S 50, S-O 0

SIBLEY, Iowa -- Visiting Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn established an early dominance and never looked back in earning a lopsided road win over the winless Generals.

S-O completed just 2 of 15 passes in the game for a total of 12 yards and had a total of just 28 yards rushing.

“After the first quarter there is not much to say other than they kicked our butts,” Generals head coach Dan Spooner said. “We did not execute very well on either side of the ball. Our defense did show signs of life off and on.”

Austin Kruger had 12 total tackles and a sack assist, and Tage Henrichs and Beau Jenness each added 10 total tackles, to help boost S-O on the defensive end.

H-M-S 14 14 22 0 -- 50S-O      0 0 0 0  -- 0E/E 50, RCW 33

EDGERTON -- Edgerton-Ellsworth ground-and-pound football was at its finest against Renville County West, as it finished as a team with 63 rushes for 503 yards.

Carl Haag was the Flying Dutchmen’s leading rusher with 17 attempts, for 302 yards, and three scores. All three of Haag’s touchdowns came on rushes of over 40 yards.

The Jaguars leading scorer was Jamie Castillo who had a three touchdown performance of his own. Two of Castillo’s scores came on the ground also on rushes of over 40 yards, and the other came in the air on a 62 yard pass from quarterback Jack Howard.

Howard finished the night under the lights with 146 passing yards, going 12 for 24, and connecting on two touchdowns.

Nolan Buckridge had a multiple touchdown performance for E/E scoring on runs from 1 yard out, and 5 yards out.

E/E 20 6 8 16 -- 50RCW  6 21 0 6 -- 33Pipestone Area 40, Windom 6

PIPESTONE -- Jason Steensra reached the end zone three times on touchdown runs and gained 181 yards on the ground to boost the 2-0 Arrows, ranked No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Minnesota Class 2A poll, to a win over the Eagles.

MLA 27, H-BC 0

HILLS -- Gavin Wysong’s 18 tackles led the Patriots’ defense, and Bailey Susie contributed 14 tackles along with a fumble recovery in H-BC’s defeat at the hands of the Wolverines.