Wednesday high school football roundup:
MCC 34, Adrian/Ellsworth 0
SLAYTON -- Junior halfback Carter Benda ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to lead the Rebels to a victory over Adrian-Ellsworth on a rainy Wednesday night.
Benda also scored a 2-point conversion and junior quarterback Abe Paulzine rushed for 110 yards and a score -- also all in the first half -- as the unbeaten Rebels improved to 8-0.
Murray County Central outgained Adrian-Ellsworth 400-70 in total yardage.
Adrian-Ellsworth dropped to 3-5. The Dragons are a young team with only six seniors on the roster.
The Rebels led 26-0 at halftime, scoring on their first three possessions. Time ran out in the second quarter with MCC inside the Adrian-Ellsworth 5-yard line.
The head coaches decided to use a running clock in the second half on the soggy field.
Sophomore Aidan Dierks scored on a short touchdown run, and sophomore Ross Engelkes tacked on a 2-point conversion for MCC. Dierks finished with 90 yards rushing.
Engelkes also had a key play on the Rebels’ first possession when he ran for 23 yards on a fake punt play to convert a 4th-and-9 situation near midfield.
Benda and Dawson Blankenship both recovered Dragon fumbles.
Defensive leaders for Adrian-Ellsworth included sophomore linebacker Jaren Winselman.
Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday as the Section 3A tournament gets under way. Murray County Central, the 3A Southwest-East sub-district champion, will be the top seed and will play at home, while Adrian-Ellsworth will likely be on the road.
Adrian-Ellsworth 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Murray County Central 12 14 8 0 -- 34
JCC 26, St. Peter 20
ST. PETER -- Senior halfback Levi Lindley scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with about a minute and a half left in the game as the Jackson County Central Huskies edged St. Peter here Wednesday night.
Lindley ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Payton Handevidt added 93 yards rushing, including a 58-yard touchdown run, and freshman quarterback Roman Voss connected with senior receiver Tanner Haar on a 46-yard scoring strike as JCC improved to 5-3 on the season.
St. Peter is 4-4. The Saints led 14-0 early on but were blanked by the JCC defense in the second half.
Juniors Thomas Freking and Gabriel Wolf rushed for 82 and 71 yards, respectively, as JCC outgained St. Peter 418-173 in total offense. The Huskies’ ground game amassed 302 yards and Voss, whose older brother Rudy set passing records at JCC and is now on the team at South Dakota State, passed for 116.
Jackson County Central 6 8 6 6 -- 26
St. Peter 14 6 0 0 -- 20
HBC 43, Edgerton 8
EDGERTON -- Hills-Beaver Creek senior running back Cole Baker ran for four rushing touchdowns covering 30, 9, 7, and 70 yards in a win against Edgerton. He also caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Oliver Deelstra.
Baker rushed 12 times for 182 yards.
Drew Leenderts ran back a 38 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown for H-BC. Teammate Casey Kueter had nine tackles on defense.
Hills-Beaver Creek finished with 259 total rushing yards and 32 passing yards. Edgerton ended with 178 rushing yards.
HBC is 6-2.
Hills-Beaver Creek 24 12 7 0 -- 43
Edgerton 0 0 0 8 --8
RRC 28, HL-O/Fulda 0
LAMBERTON -- Senior halfback Mason Strom rushed for 240 yards and four touchdowns as Red Rock Central blanked Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda in a 9-Man game.
Strom scored on runs of 2, 23, 54 and 67 yards. He also tacked on a pair of 2-point conversions.
Jacob Amsden ran for 63 yards and Carter Therkilsen added 24 yards on the ground as Red Rock Central improved to 4-4.
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda dropped to 3-5. Jaxson Tiesler rushed for 51 yards, made eight tackles and recovered a fumble for the Coyotes. Trevor King had 14 tackles, while Brayden Peil led the HL-O/Fulda offense with 111 yards rushing.
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Red Rock Central 8 14 6 0 -- 28
Cedar Mountain 12, W-WG 6 (OT)
WESTBROOK -- The Cedar Mountain defense stopped Westbrook-Walnut Grove on fourth down inches from the goal line to earn an overtime victory here Wednesday night in a Nine-Man game.
High school overtime rules call for each team to get the ball at the 10-yard line going in. Cedar Mountain got the ball first and Matt Zeug scored on a short run. The W-WG defense stopped the 2-point conversion try and the Chargers, who tied the game at 6 in the fourth quarter when Brady Ross tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Cole Curry, had a chance to win it.
A pass-interference call gave the Chargers a quick first down in OT, but the Cedar Mountain defense came up with the stop it needed to secure the triumph.
Cedar Mountain, located in Morgan, improved to 4-4. Westbrook-Walnut Grove fell to 3-5.
Cedar Mountain 6 0 0 0 6 -- 12
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 0 0 0 6 0 -- 6
Waseca 34, Luverne 0
WASECA -- Host Waseca scored 20 points in the first quarter and coasted to a shutout victory over the Luverne Cardinals.
The hard work was done on the ground, as Waseca rushed for 321 yards while holding Luverne to just 26. The Bluejays passed for 34 yards. Luverne passed for 22.
Cardinal quarterback Casey Sehr completed three of six passes for 22 yards. Ashton Sandbulte was the team's leading ball carrier with 35 yards rushing on 11 attempts.
Luverne 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Waseca 20 8 6 0 -- 34