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Section football finalists are set

Saturday was a warm, mild day for section high school football. Teams from around the area met in the semifinals of several classes to determine which of them will compete for section championships.

Saturday was a warm, mild day for section high school football. Teams from around the area met in the semifinals of several classes to determine which of them will compete for section championships.

Here’s a game roundup:

Section 3AA

JCC 38, Redwood Valley 12

JACKSON -- Jackson County Central improved to 7-3 on the season with a solid victory over Big South Conference opponent Redwood Valley, paced by an outstanding rushing attack.

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The Huskies, seeded second in the section to Pipestone Area’s first, ran 55 times for 305 yards and were led by Levi Lindley with 125 yards on 21 carries. Teammate Payton Handevidt rushed 10 times for 114 yards.

Will Freking scored JCC’s first touchdown in the first quarter on an 11-yard run, then in the second stanza Gabe Wolff caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Roman Voss.

In the third quarter Handevidt found paydirt on an 18-yard run and Lindley scored from four yards out. Wolff finished the scoring on a 2-yard carry.

Jackson County Central had 425 yards in the game, helped with 120 yards through the air on eight completions in 15 attempts. Redwood Valley finished with 309 total yards, with 255 coming via the pass.

The Huskies will play Pipestone Area for the Section 3AA crown at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Pipestone Area defeated Minnesota Valley Lutheran 26-6 on Saturday.

Redwood Valley 6 0 6 0 -- 12

Jackson County Central 8 8 16 6 -- 38

Section 3A

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MCC 20, Martin County West 10

SLAYTON -- For the second time this year, Murray County Central defeated a tough Martin County West outfit.

This one was by 10 points. In an Oct. 8 regular season game, the Rebels prevailed 24-18.

The victory kept MCC unbeaten.

MCW scored first on Saturday, with a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter. But MCC answered, still in the first quarter, on a 6-yard Carter Benda touchdown run. Abe Paulzine scored in the third quarter on a 1-yard TD and the final Rebel score also came in the third on a 3-yard Benda carry which, after a 2-point conversion run by Peyton Coulter, made the score 20-3.

A 6-yard fourth-quarter MCW touchdown pass from Christian Bachenberg to Tanner Sinn finished the scoring.

Benda carried the football 29 times for 115 yards and Paulzine added 41 yards on 12 totes.

The 10-0 Rebels barely won the yardage war, with 260 total yards to Martin County West’s 254. MCW achieved 191 of their yards via the pass, completing 16 of 29 with one interception.

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MCC will take on third-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the section finals Nov. 5, 2 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall. T-M-B beat second-seeded Springfield 29-19 in its semifinal contest.

Martin County West 3 0 0 7 -- 10

Murray County Central 6 0 14 0 -- 20

Section 9-Man

H-BC 44, Edgerton 8

HILLS -- The Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots successfully navigated their 9-Man semifinal with Edgerton to get another crack at the top seed of the section, Mountain Lake Area, in the finals at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at Marshall’s Southwest Minnesota State University. It will be a battle between seeds No. 1 (MLA) and two (H-BC).

In the regular season, MLA defeated H-BC (now 8-2) 24-6.

Quarterback Oliver Deelstra scored two running touchdowns and passed for two more in the win over Edgerton. His carries to the end zone covered one and four yards, and his TD passes were both to Cole Baker covering 22 and 21 yards.

Baker also rushed for a 4-yard score. Justin Roelfs scored on a 39-yard run.

Edgerton scored the final TD of the game in the third quarter -- a 5-yard run by Nolan Buckridge.

Deelstra completed 12 of 17 passes for 110 yards in the contest, and Baker rushed 11 times for 104 yards. Defensively, Baker and Casey Kueter each had a quarterback sack and Alex Harris intercepted a pass.

H-BC finished with 365 total yards, with 262 coming on the ground. Edgerton had just 90 total yards, with 81 of it rushing.

Edgerton 0 0 8 0 -- 8

Hills-Beaver Creek 22 14 8 0 -- 44

Section 3AAA

FAIRMONT -- In the battle between Cardinals, the Fairmont variety prevailed.

Fairmont, the No. 1 seed of the section, rolled past Luverne by gaining a total of 380 yards, including 248 by the pass. Luverne totaled 235 yards, with 155 passing and 80 on the ground.

Ashton Sandbulte scored Luverne's only touchdown of the game, in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard run.

Sandbulte finished with 76 yards on 16 carries for LHS, which defeated Worthington in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Teammate Casey Sehr completed five of 18 passes for 155 yards against Fairmont.

Luverne 0 0 0 6 -- 6

Fairmont 14 7 13 6 -- 40

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