Friday prep football: Luverne blanks BEA; Adrian gets first win

LUVERNE -- Declan Beers ran for 100 yards, including a 44-yard burst for a touchdown, and the host Luverne Cardinals blanked Blue Earth Area 22-0 Friday night in high school football action.

LUVERNE -- Declan Beers ran for 100 yards, including a 44-yard burst for a touchdown, and the host Luverne Cardinals blanked Blue Earth Area 22-0 Friday night in high school football action.

Beers carried 19 times in leading a Luverne ground game that also benefited from a 20-carry, 69-yard effort from Kasyn Kruse. Quarterback Ben Serie added 56 rushing yards on eight attempts as the Cardinals netted 236 of their 249 total yards via the run.

Kruse got the first TD for Luverne a little more than midway through the first quarter when he reached the end zone from two yards out. Kruse also crossed the goal line for the two-point conversion.

Serie completed his only pass of the game with just four seconds remaining before halftime, and it was good for six points as he connected with Tyler Reisdorfer for a 13-yard touchdown. Kruse added another two-point conversion for a 16-0 score at the break.

Beers contributed his TD jaunt with 2:18 left in the third quarter to close out the scoring.


Defensively, Payne Bonnett had five total tackles to boost Luverne, which limited Blue Earth Area to 105 yards in total offense. Beers had four total tackles while Reisdorfer, Kruse and Cade VerSteeg each had 3½ tackles, respectively.

Blue Earth Area 0 0 0 0 -- 0Luverne 8 8 6 0 -- 22 JCC 26, Redwood 24 REDWOOD FALLS -- Zachary Neal scored on a one-yard plunge with 2:13 left on the clock, and Nathan Post snagged a late interception when Redwood Valley got the ball back to help Jackson County Central earn a come-from-behind road victory over the fifth-ranked Class AA Cardinals.

The Huskies (5-1) got on the scoreboard first in the see-saw affair when quarterback Rudy Voss teamed up with Bradley Buhl for a 36-yard touchdown. Voss completed 8-of-18 throws for 109 yards and one TD in the game along with one interception.

After falling behind 14-8, JCC got even in the second quarter when Jacob Tvinnereim hit paydirt on a six-yard run. Later in the quarter, Voss -- who carried 10 times for 77 yards -- scored on the ground from 33 yards out to give the Huskies a 20-14 edge.

JCC trailed 24-20 entering the fourth quarter, but got the go-ahead TD from Neal and the pick from Voss to take the Big South Conference matchup.

Tvinnereim ram 23 times for 118 yards for the Huskies, who will host St. James next Friday.

JCC 8 12 0 6 -- 26RV 8 13 3 0 -- 24 H-BC 32, E/E 16 HILLS -- Jax Wysong ran for two touchdowns and returned a recovered fumble for another score as the host Patriots doubled up the Flying Dutchmen.

Wysong carried 19 times for 142 yards in the contest. His first TD, from 45 yards out, gave H-BC the initial lead, but E/E quickly knotted the score thanks to a 38-yard scoring pass from Landon Buckridge to Jaden Bloemendaal.


A three-yard run from Gavin Wysong put the Patriots up 16-8 later in the opening quarter, but another TD connection from Buckridge to Bloemendaal -- this time from 20 yards out -- made it a 16-16 game. The Patriots, though, would control the third quarter, getting a 28-yard scoring burst from Jax Wysong along with his nine-yard fumble recovery TD.

H-BC totaled 314 yards of offense in the game. QB Easton Harnack completed 4 of 7 passes for 97 yards in the winning effort.

On defense for the Patriots, Jesse Elbers had eight tackles and two sacks, Josh Kueter had a pair of sacks, and Tyson Bork and Bailey Susie added nine tackles apiece.

E-E 8 8 0 0 -- 16H-BC 16 0 16 0 -- 32 RRC 20, MLA 14 MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Garrett Marsh had a one-yard quarterback sneak with just over two minutes remaining and Austin Irlbeck secured the victory with an interception in the final 30 seconds as Red Rock Central remained undefeated with a victory over Mountain Lake Area.

Sam Hansen scored the Falcons’ first touchdown on a nine-yard run and Marsh tossed a 20-yard score to Brady Rasmussen in the first quarter. That would be all RRC’s scoring until the final two minutes of the game.

MLA, meanwhile, scored in the first and third quarters. Abraham Stoesz had a seven-yard run and threw a seven-yard pass to Drake Harder. Stoesz also threw the two-point conversion.

Hansen finished with 26 carries for 227 yards, including a key 66-yard run to set up the game’s final touchdown. Jared Schroepfer had nine carries for 32 yards. Marsh completed seven passes for 61 yards, while Rasmussen had three receptions for 40 yards. Defensively, Hansen had an interception and a forced fumble, while Rasmussen and Irlbeck each picked off a pass.

RRC (6-0) is at Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Friday.


Red Rock Central 13 0 0 7 -- 20Mountain Lake Area 6 0 8 0 -- 14 Adrian 26, MCC 21 SLAYTON -- The Adrian Dragons won their first game of the season, outscoring Murray County Central 12-0 in the fourth quarter to overcome a 21-14 deficit.

Ryan Wieneke threw for two touchdowns and ran in another for Adrian. His TD carry came in the second quarter and covered 1 yard. His first touchdown pass was to Brendyn White in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard hookup, and his second -- scored with just 37 seconds remaining in the game -- was to Nick Harder from 19 yards out.

The Dragons’ other touchdown was scored on a blocked punt by Devin Frodermann, recovered by Frodermann.

MCC’s Zach Aanenson scored on carries of 2 and 5 yards, and teammate Ethan Swanson scored on a 1-yard run.

Wieneke had 11 carries for 75 yards for AHS. Aanenson led MCC with 25 carries for 156  yards.

Adrian is now 1-6 on the season. Murray County Central fell to 3-3 with its third consecutive setback.

Adrian 0 14 0 12 -- 26Murray County Central 7 7 7 0 -- 21 MACCRAY 33, HL-O 8 HERON LAKE -- Malaki Walker scored on a 1-yard run for Heron Lake-Okabena, but that was the Wildcats’ only score of the game in a battle of winless teams.

Thomas Kirking ran 12 times for 94 yards for MACCRAY and also completed seven of nine passes for 95 yards. Two of his aerials went for touchdowns. He also ran one in.

Walker rushed 15 times for 56 yards to lead the Wildcats. Eli Fest, who ran in HL-O’s 2-point conversion after the touchdown, completed seven of 21 passes for 133 yards.

MACCRAY  0 13 13 7 -- 33HL-O 0 0 8 0 -- 8 R-T-R 54, Fulda 6 TYLER -- Cooper Hansen and Westin Kirk each had two rushing touchdowns to lead Russell-Tyler-Ruthton to a victory over Fulda.

Dalton Slinger added a one-yard score for the Raiders.

Leighton Gehl finished with 13 carries for 75 yards, while Slinger had 16 carries for 69 yards.

Fulda hosts MACCRAY next week.

Fulda 0 0 0 6 -- 6Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 14 20 14 6 -- 54 Newell-Fonda 20, H-LP 7 FONDA -- In a battle of two strong rivals, host Newell-Fonda beat Harris-Lake Park to improve to 5-1. Harris-Lake Park, last year’s No. 2 8-Player team in Iowa high school football, falls to 4-2.

The Wolves’ only score Friday came on a Trevor Gunderson pass to Dalton Nicks in the third quarter. H-LP was held down offensively throughout the contest, as the visitors gained just 35 yards passing and 20 net yards on the ground.

Injuries continue to hurt H-LP. Quarterback Bryce Perkins was ineligible to play against N-F because he’d been ejected in last week’s game. Another key starter, lineman/linebacker Zach Heikens, was out Friday with an injury. Senior Keegan Carpenter was lost for the season early in the 2017 campaign.

On a wet field Friday night, the Wolves could not get untracked. They played well defensively, however, as Abdulla Elbuytari made 14 solo tackles, Lucas Gunderson had eight solos and five assists, and Nicks and Dylan Meyer each made a fumble recovery.

Harris-Lake Park 0 0 7 0 -- 7Newell-Fonda 14 0 7 0 -- 20 Hinton 35, S-O 0 SIBLEY, Iowa -- Visiting Hinton defeated Sibley-Ocheyedan via shutout, breaking open a 14-0 halftime lead to put the game away with 21 points in the third quarter.

Hinton ran the ball well, with Jesse Ridgway leading the way with 104 yards on 15 carries. Braden Vonk gained 70 yards on 10 totes.

Gage Noyes led Sibley-Ocheyedan with 15 carries for 81 yards. Preston Marco rushed seven times for 25 yards and completed one of three passes for 36 yards.

“We ran the ball really well at times, but our offense just bogged down each time,” said S-O head coach Dan Spooner, who took the Generals into battle without six starters. “Defensively we are working with so many young kids, and kids with little varsity experience. So we are trying real hard to teach them the game and we are asking them to do some very tough things.”

Hinton 7 7 21 0 -- 35Sibley-Ocheyedan 0 0 0 0 -- 0

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