Prep football: Bassett, MCC roll to victory

DAILY GLOBE SLAYTON -- Friday night's game couldn't have started much better for Cole Bassett. The junior on Murray County Central's football team returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown as the Rebels earned their first victory of t...

AARON HAGEN/DAILY GLOBE Murray County Central junior Cole Bassett (29) takes the opening kickoff all the way to the endzone in Friday’s high school football game against Ortonville. The Trojans’ Nate Treinen attempts unsuccessfully to make an open-field tackle.


SLAYTON - Friday night’s game couldn’t have started much better for Cole Bassett.
The junior on Murray County Central’s football team returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown as the Rebels earned their first victory of the season in a convincing fashion with a 47-14 win over Ortonville.
Bassett wasn’t done yet. Late in the first quarter, he scored on a four-yard run as the Rebels capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive by taking a 12-0 lead.
MCC’s Mason Whitehead found Patrick Platt early in the second quarter on a six-yard touchdown pass as the Rebels led 18-0.
A MCC safety pushed the lead to 20 points. Dakota Thunderhawk returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown as the Rebels led 26-0 at halftime.
Out of the break, Whitehead threw two quick touchdown passes. With 6:42 remaining in the third, he threw a 43-yard touchdown to Thunderhawk, and less than three minutes later, he connected with Bassett for a 14-yard touchdown.
Ethan Swanson scored on a two-yard touchdown for the final points of the night for the Rebels.
Whitehead finished 8-of-13 passing for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
The Rebels (1-2) finished with 267 yards of total offense in a balanced attach. MCC had 134 yards rushing and 133 yards passing, while Ortonville had 156 total yards, including negative 25 rushing. 

Kyle Schreier had two interceptions, while Bassett and Platt each had one. Tate Meyer and Kellan Johnson each had a sack for the Rebels, who are at Adrian Friday.
Ortonville 0 0 0 14 - 14
MCC 12 14 14 7 - 47
JCC 57, Luverne 7
LUVERNE - Keegan Moore set a new school record for most career rushing touchdowns as the Huskies got in the win column in a big way over Luverne.
After losing their first two games by a combined three points, the Huskies had a 37-7 lead at halftime Friday night.
Moore finished with 19 carries for 124 yards and three touchdowns, pushing his career rushing total to 38, breaking Andy Traetow’s mark.
Moore got the Huskies on the board in the first quarter on a three-yard run. He also ran in the two-point conversion. Avery Henderson, who finished with 15 carries for 67 yards scored the first of his two touchdowns on the night and also ran in the conversion.
Luverne then scored its lone touchdown late in the first quarter. Erik Tofteland (nine carries, 84 yards) scored on a 41-yard run and Mohammed Hassan kicked the point after.
However, the second quarter belonged to the Huskies. Moore scored from one yard out to set the new school record before Easton Bahr threw a 50-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Salzwedel (eight carries, 79 yards) and Henderson found pay dirt, giving JCC a 30-point lead at the break.
Ryker Vander Woude scored on a two-yard run in the third quarter before Moore scored for the third time form seven yards out. Dalton Wagner punched in the final score of the night from 12 yards away in the fourth quarter.
The Huskies finished with 478 yards of total offense, including 391 yards on the ground. Luverne finished with 129 yards of total offense, with 119 of those yards coming on the ground.
JCC hosts Blue Earth Area Friday, while Luverne (2-1) is at Redwood Valley.
JCC 16 21 13 7 - 57
Luverne 7 0 0 0 - 7
Springfield 31, RRC 14
LAMBERTON - Sam Baier threw three touchdowns to lead Springfield past Red Rock Central.
Austin Wallert added two touchdowns, including one from a blocked punt as the Tigers improved to 2-1 this season. Kale Meendering was on the receiving end of two of Baier’s touchdown passes.
Red Rock Central (1-2) scored twice in the game, once through the air and once on defense.
Garrett Marsh connected with Taylor Bunting on a 29-yard touchdown strike and Cole Pankonin scored on a 32-yard interception return for the Falcons’ scores on the night. Pankonin converted both point after touchdowns.
Sam Hansen led the Falcons with 82 yards rushing on 18 carries.
RRC will host New Ulm Cathedral Friday.
Springfield 12 13 6 0 - 31
RRC 7 0 0 7 - 14
PA 42, Windom 0
PIPESTONE - Pipestone Area kept rolling with a victory over Windom.
The Arrows scored three times in the first quarter, once in the second and twice in the third.
Brayden Baartman threw a touchdown strike to Trevor Schumann and McKinley Bush had two touchdown runs for the Arrows, who took advantage of four Eagle turnovers.
Baartman had a 29-yard touchdown run and Justin Rops scored on a kick return for the Arrows. Baartman capped his night with a 40-yard touchdown run as the Arrows improved to 3-0 this season.
Jonas Hauge had 61 yards rushing to lead the eagles (1-2).
Windom hosts Martin County West next week, while Pipestone Area is at St. James.
Windom Area 0 0 0 0 - 0
PA 21 7 14 0 - 42
Minneota 42, Adrian 0
MINNEOTA - Minneota came away with a big victory over visiting Adrian Friday night.
The Dragons came into the game with two victories in which they scored at least 20 points. However, the Minneota defense was too much in the shutout. Adrian falls to 2-1 this season.
Minneota, which improves to 3-0, has outscored its opponents 141-21 so far this season.
The Vikings are a tough matchup for the Dragons. A year ago Minneota defeated Adrian twice, 68-0 in the regular season, and 44-6 section tournament. The Vikings are the defending state champions.
The Vikings are at Dawson-Boyd Friday, while Adrian hosts Murray County Central the same night.

Madelia 46, MLA 34
MOUNTAIN LAKE - Mountain Lake Area took its first loss of the season as Madelia emerged with a 12-point victory. The Wolverines turned the ball over five times.
Quarterback Kyle Schultz scored three touchdowns for the Blackhawks on runs of 69, 3 and 13 yards.
Mountain Lake Area got three of its touchdowns from Levi Stoesz who carried one in from 43 yards while running in from 12 and 13 yards for the other two. Teammate Chris Boyd scored on a 50-yard run and a five-yard run.
Madelia trailed 28-24 at halftime but outscored the Wolverines 14-0 in the third quarter to take control.
MLA lost despite rushing for 266 yards on 44 carries. Stoesz completed eight of 16 passes for 72 yards. Boyd finished with 116 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Defensively, Stoesz made 10 tackles while Boyd made five stops with an interception.
Madelia 8 16 14 8 - 46
MLA 8 20 0 6 - 34
N-F 32, H-LP 31
NEWELL, Iowa – Harris-Lark Park came up just short against the No. 1-ranked team in 8-man Friday night.
The Wolves (1-1) held Newell-Fonda (2-0) scoreless in the fourth quarter, and with 9:33 remaining in the game, H-LP found the end zone. The point after touchdown was no good, leaving the deficit one point. Neither team could score in the final minutes as the Mustangs escaped.
“I was really proud of how well our guys played,” H-LP head coach Lane Gunderson said. “We had chances and we just missed a few opportunities. We really battled and did a great job of holding them scoreless in that fourth quarter.”
Each team scored once in the first quarter and H-LP’s Dahlton Burdorf found Thor Larson with a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Burdorf scored on a one-yard sneak in the second quarter, but it was N-F that led 19-12 at the break.
Burdorf threw a six-yard pass to Trevor Gunderson and Cale Hellinga found the end zone from five yards out as the Wolves trailed 32-25 after three quarters.
Burdorf then scored his fourth touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter on a seven-yard strike to Jordan Kyle.
Cole Wise scored three times for the Mustangs, including a 69-yard reception.
Burdorf was 12-for-27 passing for 119 yards, while Larson had four receptions for 65 yards. Trevor Gunderson had four catches for 31 yards and Kyle had three receptions for 23 yards. Larson led the rushing attack with 82 yards on 15 carries.
Keegan Carpenter had 12.5 tackles, while Trevor Gunderson added 11 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception. Brandon Rowe had a quarterback sack.
The Wolves host Remsen-Union Friday.
H-LP 6 6 13 6 - 31
N-F 7 12 13 0 - 32
S-O 65, West Monona 0
SIBLEY, Iowa - Garrett Sayler threw four touchdown passes and five other Generals scored rushing touchdowns as Sibley-Ocheyedan dominated West Monona to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Sayler threw 34 yards to Carson Marco for a score, then connected on a pair of six-yard scoring passes to Colvin Jenness. He hooked up with Jenness again on a 24-yard scoring strike. Trent Kruger scored on a nine-yard run while teammates Logan Hiebult ran one in from four, Preston Marco scored from three yards out, Hunter DeJong scored from 17 and Rene Miranda scored from seven.
Sibley-Ocheyedan rolled up 464 yards of offense, including 321 yards rushing and 143 passing.
DeJong led the Generals with 111 yards rushing on 14 carries. Sayler ran six times for 71 yards and Beck Greene carried three times for 54.
Kruger had three solo tackles and seven assists on defense while Colby Wagenaar had one solo, five assists and a blocked punt.
WMonona 0 0 0 0 - 0
Sib-O 16 20 14 15 - 65

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

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