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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Atwater-Comsos-Grove City running back Maverick Whitcomb powers around the left end and leaves Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart defensive back Kyle Mellies (8) and Mustangs linebacker Andrew Best (2) in his wake during a Section 4A playoff game on Tuesday in Grove City.

Prep football: ACGC downs BLHS

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GROVE CITY — Jordan Nelson scored the first and last touchdown for Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Tuesday, and in between Maverick Whitcomb scored 5 times as the No. 3-seeded Falcons soared past No. 6 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 48-6 in the quarterfinal-round of the Section 4A playoffs.

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ACGC (7-2) will now play at No. 2 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (8-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Belgrade in the semifinals. The Falcons beat BBE 6-0 in last year’s section final.

The Falcons ran off 71 plays Tuesday with 66 coming on the ground. Thirteen different ball carriers piled up 388 yards, 186 from Nelson and 114 from Whitcomb.

The Mustangs (2-7) were held to 63 yards on offense and their lone score came in the fourth when Kyle Kubesh caught a 13-yard TD pass from Kyle Mellies.

ACGC 48, BLHS 6

BLHS (2-7)          0  0  0 6 —   6

ACGC (7-2)          21 21 6 0 — 48

ACGC – Jordan Nelson 27 run (Colton Minnick kick)

ACGC – Maverick Whitcomb 4 run (Minnick kick)

ACGC – Whitcomb 2 run (Minnick kick)

ACGC – Whitcomb 19 run (Minnick kick)

ACGC – Whitcomb 3 run (Minnick kick)

ACGC – Whitcomb 1 run (Minnick kick)

ACGC – Nelson 3 run (kick failed)

BLHS – Kyle Kubesh 13 pass from Kyle Mellies (kick failed)

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart

First downs: 4 … Rushing: 25-14 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 4-19-49-3 … Fumbles lost: 1 … Penalties: 2-10

Rushing: Brandon Malo 23-73, Mason Olinger 1-9, Andrew Best 2-(-6), Jake Pettit 1-(-13) … Passing: Kyle Mellies 4-8-49-2, Pettit 0-11-0-1 ... Receiving: Kyle Kubesh 3-46, Tyler Schulte 1-3 … Punting: Best 5-154 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: Kubesh 1, Schulte 1, Scott Buboltz 1 … Tackles: Chris Schmidt 24, Best 12, Schulte 9, Ryan Augsburger 9, Malo 8, Cody Johnson 8, Pettit 6 … QB sacks: none

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

First downs: 21 … Rushing: 66-388 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 3-5-41-0 … Fumbles lost: 2 … Penalties: 4-30

Rushing: Jordan Nelson 22-186, Maverick Whitcomb 14-114, Tanner Olson 7-18, Mitchel Macik 3-12, Zach Junkermeier 2-10, Alex Pankratz 4-10, David Kinzler 2-9, Taylor Larson 2-8, Derek Dengerud 2-8, Ryan Amdahl 2-7, John Hofmann 2-6, Tye Olson 3-2, Cole Maahs 1-(-2) … Passing: Dengerud 3-5-41-0 ... Receiving: Kinzler 1-18, Whitcomb 1-14, Larson 1-9 … Punting: Kinzler 2-36 … Interceptions: Tylor Mortenson 1, Larson 1, Dengerud 1 … Fumble recoveries: Junkermeier 1, Pankratz 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Cody Berghuis 0-9, Ty Soine 1-6, Junkermeier 0-6, Hofmann 2-4, Colton Minnick 0-6, Pankratz 1-4, Mitchel Macik 3-2, Lucas Damm 2-2 … QB sacks: Macik ½, Whitcomb ½

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