Thursday sports roundup: MCC, JCC, H-BC win football openers

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SLAYTON -- Senior quarterback Abe Paulzine passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more scores as Murray County Central opened the season with a victory on Thursday over MACCRAY.

The Rebels outgained MACCRAY 372-110 in total yards and put the game away by scoring 22 straight points in the third quarter.


Senior halfback Carter Benda ran for 167 yards and a touchdown. Paulzine was 8-for-14 passing for 104 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Christian Tentinger and a 27-yard scoring strike to Jaden Deacon.

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Paulzine also scored on runs of 26 and 6 yards.

MACCRAY 0 6 0 0 -- 6

Murray County Central 8 6 22 0 -- 36

Minneota 38, Adrian-Ellsworth 6

ADRIAN -- Rilee Heidebrink rushed for 104 yards and Breyer Hieronimus scored a touchdown, but Adrian-Ellsworth couldn’t quite keep pace with powerful Minnesota on Thursday night in a Class A season opener.

The host Dragons trailed only 10-6 at halftime and 18-6 after three quarters, but the Vikings dominated the final quarter.

Minneota, which finished runner-up to Mayer Lutheran last year in the Class A state championship, got 181 yards passing and a touchdown from Isaac Pohlen. The Vikings amassed 189 yards on the ground, including 99 by Zack Fier. Lucas Rybinski, Eli Gruenes, Zack Fier and Destin Fier each scored rushing touchdowns.


Minnesota won the battle of total offense, 370-122.

Quentin Wolf led the Adrian-Ellsworth defense with seven tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage. Hieronimus and Mechak Ndikubuntu each had six stops, while Aiden Tweet had five tackles and an interception.

Minneota 3 7 8 20 -- 38

Adrian-Ellsworth 0 6 0 0 -- 6

JCC 30, Maple River 27

MAPLE RIVER -- Alvaro Gonzalez Garcia kicked a 30-yard field goal with one second remaining to give Jackson County Central a victory over Maple River.

The Huskies trailed 27-21 in the fourth quarter when JCC quarterback Roman Voss connected with Bryson Powers for a 15-yard touchdown to tie the score.

JCC passed for 195 yards in the game and rushed for 177. Maple River passed for 216 and rushed for 44.


Blue Earth Area 73, Windom Area 12

BLUE EARTH — Rolling up a 53-12 lead at halftime, Blue Earth Area exploded against Windom Area. Ashton Lloyd completed seven of 10 passes for 141 yards and Parker Meyers rushed six times for 101 yards and three touchdowns for the Bucs.

Quintin Tietz passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles while completing nine of 26 passes. Tucker Renquist caught four passes for 126 yards and a pair of scores.

Windom Area 6 6 0 0 — 12

Blue Earth Area 32 21 7 13 — 73

H-BC 28, GHEC/T 26 (OT)

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WORTHINGTON -- Morris-Benson started well in both games, sweeping the Worthington Trojans girls and boys hockey teams on Saturday.

GRANADA -- After spotting Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, Hills-Beaver Creek put it together and defeated its opponent in overtime.

Justin Roelfs scored the Patriots’ overtime TD on an 11-yard run, and the Pats’ 2-point conversion was the difference in the game.

H-BC sophomore quarterback Sawyer Bosch scored two touchdown in regulation on carries of three and 10 yards. Roelfs, who had three interceptions, also scored on a pick-6.

Bosch finished with 174 yards rushing.

GHEC/T finished with 303 total yards to H-BC’s 279.

“They just came out and took it to us,” said H-BC head coach Rex Metzger about GHEC/T’s start. “We kind of settled in, made a few adjustments and just hung in there in the second half.”

SE St. Mary’s 48, HL-O/F 18

SLEEPY EYE -- Mark Armstrong threw five touchdown passes and Kaleb Wait caught three of them in a solid Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s victory over Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda.

HL-O/F got touchdowns from Gavin Leighty on a 32-yard run, Logan Gass on a 20-yard pass from Brenton Erdmann and Thomas Bartosh on a 24-yard hookup from Erdmann.

Aiden Lorenzen rushed three times for 31 yards for the Coyotes, Leighty ran three times for 27, and Dillon Smith caught two passes for 70 yards.

Wyatt Meyeraan made 11 tackles and Owen Olsem had 10.

HL-O/F 0 0 12 6 -- 18

SE St. Mary’s 16 26 0 6 -- 18

Luverne 21, Redwood Valley 20

REDWOOD FALLS — Host Redwood Valley scored a touchdown with 2:19 to play in the fourth quarter and needed a 2-point conversion to take the lead on Luverne. But the conversion failed and LHS came away with the win.

Luverne scored the first three touchdowns to take a 21-0 lead. Redwood Valley scored the last three.

Connor Connell scored on an 11-yard run for the first Luverne score. Then it was Connell to Gannon Ahrendt on a 19-yard TD pass. Ahrendt passed 16 yards to Connell for the last Luverne TD.

Connell completed nine of 22 passes for 207 yards on the night. Kaleb Klein led the visitors in rushing with 12 carries for 46 yards.

Luverne 14 7 0 0 — 21

Redwood Valley 0 6 8 6 — 20

RRC 33, MLA 6

LAMBERTON -- Red Rock Central Falcon’s Carter Therkilsen rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns as they beat the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines. Jacob Amsden ran 53 yards and two touchdowns. Isaac Simonson went 11-for-17 with 76 yards and a touchdown. On defense Jayden Lang had two interceptions.

The Falcon’s had 235 rushing and 76 passing yards in the game.

MLA 0 0 6 0 -- 6

RRC 13 13 7 0 --33


JCC 3, Spirit Lake 0

JACKSON -- Maci Farmer had 24 assists, seven digs, three aces and three blocks to lead Jackson County Central to a straight-set victory over Spirit Lake, Iowa, on Thursday.

The Huskies won the match by scores of 25-11, 25-23, 25-19.

Emma Haren had 14 kills and 11 digs for JCC. Peyton Hansen contributed six kills, three blocks and six digs.

Farmer was 18-for-19 serving, while Hansen was 8-for-9 and Haren finished 6-for-7.

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