Saturday football: Rebels, Arrows advance with wins
MCC 45, MVL 20 SLAYTON -- Murray County Central jumped out to a 22-8 lead against Minnesota Valley Lutheran in Saturday's Section 3A football game, but the Chargers came storming back. A pair of second-quarter touchdowns brought MVL within two po...
MCC 45, MVL 20 SLAYTON -- Murray County Central jumped out to a 22-8 lead against Minnesota Valley Lutheran in Saturday’s Section 3A football game, but the Chargers came storming back.
A pair of second-quarter touchdowns brought MVL within two points of the top-seeded Rebels. However, MCC scored the final three touchdowns to defeat the fourth-seeded Chargers 45-20.
The Rebels (8-2) will play third-seeded Springfield (which defeated second-seeded New Ulm Cathedral 29-22) at 2 p.m. Friday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall in the section final.
Mason Woldt started the scoring for MCC with a 14-yard touchdown run. Justin Benda added a 19-yard touchdown and a 10-yard run as the Rebels were ahead 22-8.
After MVL came within two points, Woldt had a hand in the final three touchdowns to secure the win. He ran in from one yard away, then threw to Benda for a 10-yard score and finally ran in from a yard out.
Woldt completed seven of 10 passes for 81 yards and ran 14 times for 80 yards. Benda had 14 carries for 117 yards, while Noah Boerboom had 14 totes for 95 yards. Aaron Johnson added 60 yards on 13 carries as MCC ran for 352 yards.
MVL, however, did most of its damage through the air as quarterback Matt Munsen was 15-for-35 passing for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Kyler Deacon had an interception for the Rebels.
Minnesota Valley Lutheran 8 12 0 0 -- 20Murray County Central 15 14 8 8 -- 45
PA 35, T-M-B 0 PIPESTONE -- Using a balanced offense and a stifling defense, the second-seeded Pipestone Area Arrows defeated third-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
Cody Thompson threw three touchdown passes and Jason Steenstra ran in two more for the Arrows. Defensively, PA allowed the Panthers just 73 yards of total offense.
Thompson, who completed 16 of 25 passes for 188 yards, threw 14-yard and 8-yard touchdowns to Josh Tinklenberg. Braeden Rieck was on the receiving end of a 14-yard score from Thompson.
Steenstra had TD runs of 34 yards and 10 yards as he had 12 carries for 128 yards.
Tinklenberg finished with six receptions for 81 yards, while Rieck hauled in six catches for 81 yards.
The Arrows (8-2) advance to the section finals to face top-seeded Redwood Valley (9-0), which defeated Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 35-14. The section championship is at 7 p.m. Friday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 0 0 0 0 -- 0Pipestone Area 7 6 8 14 -- 35
In Section 2 9-man action, second-seeded Russell-Tyler-Ruthton defeated third-seeded Red Rock Central 44-16. The Knights (7-3) will face top-seeded Ogilvie (7-2). The Lions were 20-15 victors over fifth-seeded Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart. The section championship is at 5 p.m. Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.