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PAYNESVILLE — The Bulldogs advanced to 9-0 and will play Sauk Centre at 7 p.m. in Paynesville on Saturday in the Section 5AA  semifinals.

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Matthew Quade and Nick Dingmann hooked up on a 77-yard catch-and-run to start the scoring and Quade, the Dogs’ quarterback, later added TD spurts of 9 and 20 yards as the top seed went out front 48-0 by halftime.

Paynesville  amassed 371 rushing and 212 passing. YME logged 137 yards with quarterback Austin Vikanders 49-yard bolt in the third quarter supplying the  only dent in the Bulldogs defense.

Grant Thompson scored all three TDs post intermission and finished 148 yards in 8 carries, including the scoring runs of 50, 8 and 40 yards.

Paynesville 70, YME 6

YME (1-8)            0     0  6  0 —    6

Paynesville (9-0)                24  24  6 16 — 70

P – Nick Dingmann 77 pass from Matthew Quade (Quade run)

P – Troy Spates 8 run (Dingmann pass from Quade)

P – Quade 9 run (Bryce Savage run)

P – Trent Gertken 3 run (Gertken run)

P – Savage 53 run (Spates run)

P – Quade 20 run (Brandon Schleper pass from Quade)

Y – Austin Vikander 49 yards run (pass fiail)

P – Grant Thompson 50 run (pass fail)

P – Thompson 10 run (Thompson run)

P – Thompson 40 run (Brent Burg run)

Yellow Medicine East

First downs: 5 … Rushing: 33-112 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 3-11-25-1 … Fumbles lost: 2

Rushing: Austin Vikander 16-82, Landon Evans 4-14 … Passing: Vikander 3-11-25-1 ... Receiving: Chase Richter 1-9, Evans 1-5, Grant Lalim 1-11 …Interceptions: Vikander

Paynesville

First downs: 15 … Rushing: 44-371 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 7-9-212-1 … Fumbles lost: 0

Rushing: Troy Spates 5-17, Bryce Savage 8-84, Matt Quade 3-31, Trent Gertken 5-37, Grant Thompson 8-142, Brandt Hubert 2-11, Brent Berg 11-37, Mitch Weidner 2-12 … Passing: Quade 6-7-205-0, Weidner 1-2-7-1 ... Receiving: Nick Dingmann 1-77, Spates 1-40, Brandon Schleper 1-35, Mitch Weidner 2-23, Andrew Topp 1-30, Nicholas Reiman 1-7 … Interceptions: Weidner  … Fumble recoveries: Gertken

BOLD 68, EVW 14

Ben Steffel ran for four touchdowns and 221 yards and Conner Riley scored twice for BOLD.

Riley rushed for 64 yards and Brad Wolff ran for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Trevor Nissen, Austin Einerson and Jon Schulte also scored for BOLD.

Nissen added 6 tackles, and Austin Tersteeg and Christopher McRell each had a sack.

The No. 3-seed Warriors, who improved to 7-2, will play No. 2-seed Minneota/Lincoln HI on Saturday at Minneota.

EVW (2-7)            0   8   6   0 — 14

BOLD (7-2)          21 20 14 13 — 68

B – Trevor Nissen 25 pass from Lane Stadther (Nick Kubesh kick)

B – Brad Wolff 15 run (Kubesh kick)

B – Ben Steffel 5 run (Kubesh kick)

B – Conner Riley 6 run (Kubesh kick)

B – Steffel 26 run (kick failed)

B – Riley 55 run (Kubesh kick)

E – Cain Renner 8 pass from Nick Pauly (Renner from Pauly)

B – Steffel 4 run (Kubesh kick)

B – Steffel 61 run (Kubesh kick)

E – Renner 65 pass from Pauly (pass failed)

B – Austin Einerson 4 run (Kubesh kick)

B – Jon Schulte 8 run (kick failed)

Eden Valley-Watkins

First downs: 6 … Rushing: 15-1 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 12-23-199-0 … Fumbles lost: 1 … Penalties: 3-13

Rushing: Cain Renner 3-10, DeShaun James 5-(-2), Nick Pauly 1-4, Reese Jansen 2-0, Jordan Unterberger 2-(-2), Luke Ludwig 1-(-2), Logan Linn 2-(-7) … Passing: Nick Pauly 11-21-192-0, Reese Jansen 1-2-7-0 ... Receiving: Cain Renner 8-173, Reese Jansen 1-7, Jacob Streit 1-25 … Punting: Cain Renner 6-159 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: n/a

BOLD

First downs: 18 … Rushing: 51-476… Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 2-7-46-0 … Fumbles lost: none … Penalties: 3-30

Rushing: Ben Steffel 21-221, Brad Wolff 13-88, Lane Stadther 3-26, Conner Riley 3-64, Schulte 7-58, Austin Einerson 4-16 … Passing: Lane Stadther 2-7-46-0 ... Receiving: Trevor Nissen 2-46 … Punting: none … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: Tyler Park 1 … Tackles (solo): Trevor Nissen 6, Sawyer Tersteeg 3, Joel Erickson 2 … QB sacks: Austin Tersteeg 1, Christopher McRell 1

Minneota 44, Benson 0

Minneota scored on the first play from scrimmage and never relented, rolling to victory in its first Section 5AA game on Tuesday in Minneota.

The Vikings improved to 9-0 and next plays host to BOLD (7-2) on Saturday.

The Vikings limited the Benson offense to just 17 rushing yards on 19 carries, and Benson quarterback Aaron Ahrndt hit 10 of 20 passes for 102 yards.

Benson (1-8)       0 0 0 0 — 0

Minneota/LH (9-0)            20 7 10 7 — 44

M – Nathan Pavek 66 run (kick failed)

M – Jordan Beck 46 pass from Austin Buysse (kick failed)

M – Alec Engler 4 run (Beck pass from Buysse)

M – Cole Hennen 25 run (Simon Ankerson kick)

M – Ankerson 24 field goal

M – Engler 22 pass from Buysse (Diego Meza kick)

M – Engler 20 run (Ankerson kick)

Benson

First downs: NA … Rushing: 19-17 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 10-20-102-1 … Fumbles lost: 0 … Penalties: 3-20

Rushing: Lincoln Pahl 1-21, Aaron Ahrndt 15-5 … Passing: Ahrndt 10-20-102-1 ... Receiving: Josh Manzke 1-48, Andrew Lindahl 1-21, Ryan Hampton 4-18, Jacob Goff 1-9, Zach Jensen 1-5, Pahl 2-1 … Punting: Tanner Mikkel 6-129 (21.5) … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): Jacob Goff 5-0, Christian Larson 4-2, Bryce Goff 4-1, Pahl 3-0, Chad Schwarz 3-0, Mikkelson 1-2 … QB sacks: Lindahl 1

Minneota/Lincoln HI

First downs: NA … Rushing: 24-164 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 11-15-161-0 … Fumbles lost: 0 … Penalties: 2-20

Rushing: Nathan Pavek 3-77, Jeff Gladis 11-42 … Passing: Austin Buysse 11-15-161-0 ... Receiving: Cole Hennen 4-48, Jordan Beck 1-46, Nicholas Esping 4-32 … Punting: Alec Engler 2-69 (34.5) … Interceptions: Hennen 1 … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): Hennen 9-1, Garrett Hennen 2-3, Pavek 2-2 … QB sacks: Pavek 0.5, Daniel Harrison 1-5, Beck 0.5, Leo Buysse 1.5

Sauk Centre 40,

Minnewaska 7

The Mainstreeters avenged a 34-13 to the Lakers two weeks ago by taking control of the line of scrimmage and putting up a road block that blunted the Waska ground game (held to 49 net yards).

The game was moved to Big Cat Stadium in Morris because of wet conditions at the Minnewaska High School field.

The Streeters bolted to a 28-0 lead by halftime on a pair of Trent Berscheit runs and a Josh Buschette catch of a Seth Otte pass for a 20-yard score. Austin Nelson opened the scoring with a 7-yard burst.

Greg Helander tallied for the Lakers from a yard out capping a 39-yard march in the third quarter.

Sauk rushed for 218 yards.

Austin Ostrander threw for 150 yards on 11 of 25 completions.

Sauk Centre (4-4)              14  14  0  12— 40

Minnewaska (5-3)             0  0  7    0   — 7

S – Austin Nelson 7 run (Austin Landkammer pass from Seth Otte)

S – Trent Berscheit 4 run (kick fail)

S – Berscheit 6 run (Josh Buschette kick)

S – Josh Buschette 20 pass from Otte (Buschette kick)

M – Greg Helander 1 run (Ethan Anderson kick)

S – Landkammer 92 fumble recovery (kick fail)

S – Will Funk 23 run (kick fail)

Sauk Centre

First downs: 18 … Rushing: 54-219 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 1-6-20-0 … Fumbles lost: 2 … Penalties: 4-25

Rushing: Austin Nelson 8-46, Austin Landkammer 8-43, Trent Berscheit 28-103 … Passing: Seth Otter 1-6-20-0 ... Receiving: Buschette 1-20

Minnewaska

First downs: 11 … Rushing: 28-49 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 11-25-150-1 … Fumbles lost: 3 … Penalties: 4-31

Rushing: Austin Ostrander 9-(-6), Greg Helander 7-15, Will Anderson 5-17 … Passing: Ostrander 11-25-150-1 ... Receiving: Jayden Beecher 4-65, Will Anderson 2-12, Justin Osmundson 2-31, Jon Nygaard 2-27, Matt Paulson 1-15 … Punting: Ostrander 3-34.3 … Interceptions: none

Section 5A

Dawson-Boyd 54, RTR 3

DAWSON — Dalton Palmer ran for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns as Dawson-Boyd crushed Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 54-3 in the Section 5A quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Palmer broke off with TD runs of 66 and 27 yards in the first quarter to give the Blackjacks an early 14-0 cushion, and added a 70-yard score in the third quarter.

Karson Lindblad scored three times with two 2-yard runs and a 19-yard reception from quarterback Jess Hansen.

Dawson-Boyd also had two defensive touchdowns on a 22-yard interception return by Noah Stelter and a 33-yard fumble recovery by Hunter Olson.

The No. 1-seed Blackjacks (8-1) will face No. 4-seed Canby on Saturday at Dawson in the 5A semifinals.

RTR (0-9).........................0  3  0  0   — 3

Dawson Boyd (8-1)........14 6 28 6 — 54

D – Dalton Palmer 66 run (Easton Popma kick)

D – Palmer 27 run (Popma kick)

D – Karson Lindblad 2 run (kick failed)

R – Frank Gecevie 31 FG

D – Palmer 70 run (Popma kick)

D – Noah Stelter 22 interception return (Popma kick)

D – Lindblad 2 run (Popma kick)

D – Hunter Olson 33 fumble recovery (Popma kick)

D – Lindblad 19 pass from Jess Hansen (kick failed)

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton

First downs: n/a … Rushing: 41-189 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 4-13-21-2 … Fumbles lost: n/a … Penalties: 5-50

Rushing: Kevin Andersen 1-3, Ty Thooft 10-51, Brett Vercruysse 28-123, Tate Thooft 2-2 … Passing: Tate Thooft 4-13-21-2 ... Receiving: Ty Thooft 2-6, Brett Vercruysse 1-4, Ross Johnson 1-11 … Punting: Frank Gecevie 2-24.5 … Interceptions: n/a … Fumble recoveries: n/a … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: n/a

Dawson-Boyd

First downs: n/a … Rushing: 24-261 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-14-93-0 … Fumbles lost: n/a … Penalties: 8-70

Rushing: Dalton Palmer 13-180, Karson Lindblad 6-17, Michael Lee 1-6, Joey Lee 3-56, Donny Bothun 1-2 … Passing: Joey Lee 8-13-74-0, Jess Hansen 1-1-19-0 ... Receiving: Kyler Collins 2-16, Michael Lee 2-20, Noah Stelter 1-16, Dalton Palmer 3-22, Karson Lindblad 1-19 … Punting: Jess Hansen 1-31 … Interceptions: n/a … Fumble recoveries: n/a … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: n/a

MACCRAY 46,

Ortonville 14

Andrew Schultz ran for 126 yards and scored on three short runs, Dylan Abraham threw a couple of touchdown passes to Bailey Boike and ran for a game-high 144 yards, and Aaron Jaenisch added 2 TD runs to help lift No. 3 MACCRAY (5-4) into the semifinals.

The Wolverines will face No. 2-seed Wabasso (8-1) at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Wabasso.

The two Abraham-Boike scoring strikes came in the first quarter and Schultz’s first TD run was in the second as MACCRAY had an 18-6 lead at the break. Jaenisch then scored twice in the third and Schultz added two more TD runs in the fourth as MACCRAY ran for 325 yards on 57 carries.

Jaenisch also hauled in a team-high 52 receiving yards on 4 catches and Boike also caught 4 passes that covered 49 yards.

Ortonville (4-5)   0  6  0   8  — 14

MACCRAY (5-4)...........12 6 14 14 — 46

MAC – Bailey Boike 8 pass from Dylan Abraham (pass failed)

MAC – Boike 29 pass from Abraham (run failed)

Ort – Austin Haas 10 run (pass failed)

MAC – Andrew Schultz 2 run (pass failed)

MAC – Aaron Jaenisch 21 run (Brian Bratsch kick)

MAC – Jaenisch 16 run (Bratsch kick)

MAC – Schultz 2 run (Bratsch kick)

MAC – Schultz 3 run (Bratsch kick)

Ort – Scott Erickson 55 pass from James Nitz (Riley Thompson pass from Nitz)

Ortonville

Statistics not available

MACCRAY

First downs: 27 … Rushing: 57-325 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 8-13-101-0 … Fumbles lost: 0 … Penalties: n/a

Rushing: Dylan Abraham 26-144, Andrew Schultz 25-126, Aaron Jaenisch 6-55 … Passing: Abraham 7-12-66-0, Connor Cronen 1-1-35-0 ... Receiving: Bailey Boike 4-49, Jaenisch 4-52 … Punting: Dean Schroeder 2-53 … Interceptions: Schroeder 1, Cronen 1 … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: n/a

Canby 25, LQPV 12

The No. 4-seeded Lancers (4-5) beat No. 5 Lac qui Parle Valley for the second time in seven days to reach the semifinals. Canby upended the Eagles 27-13 in the final game of the regular season last Wednesday.

Kody Nesvold (12 yards) and Kellen Kessler (1 yard) ran for touchdowns in the first quarter to give LQPV a short-lived 12-6 lead. The Lancers scored a touchdown in all four quarters.

LQPV (3-6)......................12 0 0 0 — 12

Canby (4-5).......................6 7 6 6 — 25

LQPV – Kody Nesvold 12 run (extra-point attempt failed)

Can – Michael Slaba 3 run (extra-point attempt failed)

LQPV – Kellen Kessler 1 run (extra-point attempt failed)

Can – Matthew Sisk 14 run (kick good)

Can – Kristian Leppke 19 pass from Sisk (extra-point attempt failed)

Can – Brett Hansen 98 interception return (extra-point attempt failed)

Lac qui Parle Valley

First downs: 17 … Rushing: 57-97 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-15-54-* … Fumbles lost: 0 … Penalties: n/a

Rushing: Kody Nesvold 5-51, Austin Haas 10-33 … Passing: Kellen Kessler 37 yards ... Receiving: Jon Nielsen 1-30 … Punting: n/a … Interceptions: n/a … Fumble recoveries: n/a … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: n/a

Canby

First downs: 23 … Rushing: 34-173 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 6-8-82-* … Fumbles lost: 3 … Penalties: n/a

Rushing: Michael Slaba 25-149, Quentin Beiningen 3-16 … Passing: Matthew Sisk 62 yards, Slaba 20 yards ... Receiving: Brock Nothem 2-20, Tanner Kack 1-20 … Punting: n/a … Interceptions: Brett Hansen 1 … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles: Hansen 11, Corey Castell 10 … QB sacks: Beiningen 2

Section 4A

BBE 21, Kimball 13

The Jaguars had a hard go versus the Cubs but prevailed in the end to advance.

Austin Kollman scored twice and rushed for 135 yards, and Trey Heinsius pulled in a 31-yard TD reception from Brian Goodwin.

Heinsius caught 72 of Goodwin’s 138 passing yards.

The No. 3-seed Jaguars will face No. 2-seed Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the Section 4A semifinals on Saturday at Belgrade.

Kimball (0-9)       7    0  6  0 — 13

BBE (8-1)             0  14  7   0 — 21

K – Devon Kelley recovered fumble in BBE end zone (kick good)

B – Austin Kollman 15 run (Tommy Cebulla kick)

B – Trey Heinsius 31 pass from Brian Goodwin (Cebulla kick)

K – Luke Merton pass from Cameron Hunt (kick blocked by Heinsius)

B– Kollman 5 run (Cebulla kick)

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa

First downs: 14 … Rushing: 44-153 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 11-20-138-0 … Penalties: 12-87

Rushing: Tanner Heinsius 4-1, Brian Goodwin 4-(-5), Tommy Cebulla 6-13, David Rodgers 2-(-1), Austin Kollman 28-135 … Passing: Goodwin 11-20-138-0 ... Receiving: Tanner Heinsius 2-18, Trey Heinsius 4-72, Cebulla 3-29, Rodgers 1-9 … Tackles (solo-assist): Goodwin 5-1, Cebulla 4-3, Jordan Wosmek 2-2, Trey Heinsius 4-0, Tanner Heinsius 2-2

Minneapolis North 48, KMS 6

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg finished a winless season at 0-9, losing to No. 1-seed Minneapolis North in the Section 4A quarterfinals.

The Polars, whose 38.4 points per game was tops in the section coming into the game, led 33-0 at the break en route to their sixth straight victory.

The Fighting Saints’ score came in the fourth quarter on a 1 yard pass from Jordan Engler to Rylan Hatlestad.

The outcome reversed last year’s quarterfinal outcome at Murdock when the Saints skinned the Polars 54-40.

KMS (0-9).....................0   0  0  6   — 6

Mpls. North (7-2)........13 20 15 0 — 48

M – Keyon Thomas 67 pass from Tyler Johnson (run failed)

M – Johnson 6 run (Kevon Mathias kick)

M – Malik Matthews 47 pass from Johnson (kick failed)

M – Kori Randle 2 run (kick failed)

M – Matthews 11 pass from Johnson (Nate Hampton run)

M – Matthews 8 pass from Johnson (Kevin Harris run)

M – Josh Cunningham 3 run (Mathias kick)

K – Rylan Hatlestad 1 pass from Jordan Engler (pass failed)

KMS

Team statistics

First downs: 7 … Rushing: 21-46 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-19-71-0 … Fumbles lost: 1 … Penalties: none

Individual statistics

Rushing: Rylan Hatlestad 11-37, Travis Lamecker 4-4, Simon Johnson 5-20, Jordan Engler 1-(-15) … Passing: Jordan Engler 5-19-71-0 ... Receiving: Jacob Zvorak 2-61, Simon Johnson 1-11, Rylan Hatlestad 1-1, Travis Lamecker 1-(-2) … Punting: David Gordon 5-31.6 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): Casey Thorson 7-2, Cody Peters 4-2, Travis Lamecker 4-7, Brandin Dahl 2-5, Simon Johnson 4-2, Karter VanHeuveln 1-2, Rylan Hatlestad 2-2, Cameron Hjelle 2-1 … QB sacks: Karter VanHeuveln 1

Minneapolis North

Team statistics

First downs: 15 … Rushing: 42-214 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 10-15-229-0 … Fumbles lost: none … Penalties: 9-48

Individual statistics

Rushing: Josh Cunningham 15-72, Tyler Johnson 12-71, Keyon Thomas 2-26, Kori Randle 3-23, Kenny Reed 2-15, Malik Matthews 1-10, Kevin Harris 1-3, Martice Clark 1-7, Nate Hampton 4-(-1), Marcus Jackson 1-(-2) … Passing: Tyler Johnson 10-15-229-0 ... Receiving: Malik Matthews 4-98, Keyon Thomas 2-66, Kevin Harris 2-39, Josh Cunningham 1-13, Martice Clark 1-13 … Punting: Kevpn Mathias 1-41 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: n/a

Section 3 9-Man

Clinton-GB 52, RCW 13

(At Graceville) — The Jaguars fell to the defending Class Nine-Man champions on Tuesday afternoon as the Wolverines recorded all of their points in the first half. The Wolverines (9-0) won their 21st game in a row and are 31-1 since the start of the 2011 season.

Hayden Johnson notched both of RCW’s touchdowns as the sophomore quarterback scored on a pair of 1-yard runs. Johnson also threw for 214 yards after completing 17 of 39 passes. Junior Jesse Miller led the receiver corps with 8 catches that gained 107 yards.

David Marr had a team-high 11 tackles for the Jaguars, while Ryan Countryman and Takota Discher both had a fumble recovery.

RCW (1-8)......................0  0  0 13 — 13

Clinton-GB (9-0)...........32 20 0  0  — 52

CGB – Jason Montonye 51 punt return (Damon Gibson run)

CGB – Austin Maanum 29 run (Montonye run)

CGB – Gibson 26 run (Maanum run)

CGB – Mike Bauer 4 pass from Gibson (Michael McKee run)

CGB – McKee 76 run (run failed)

CGB – Montonye 5 run (kick failed)

CGB – Jordan Bauer 1 run (Bauer run)

RCW – Hayden Johnson 1 run (Jose Barrera kick)

RCW – Johnson 1 run (kick failed)

Renville County West

First downs: 10 … Rushing: 19-43 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 17-39-214-4 … Fumbles lost: 2 … Penalties: 1-5

Rushing: Ryan Countryman 8-25, Hayden Johnson 7-14, Mason Urness 2-3, David Marr 1-2 … Passing: Johnson 17-39-214-4 ... Receiving: Jesse Miller 8-107, Colin Thompson 4-52, Mason Schmitz 3-25, Jesse Barrera 2-30 … Punting: Johnson 1-31 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: Countryman 1, Takota Discher 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Marr 11-0, Johnson 6-2, Thompson 5-2, Countryman 5-0, Jesse Barrera 2-1, Nate Refsland 2-0, Schmitz 1-1, Jose Barrera 1-1, Miller 1-0, Discher 1-0, Spencer Mortenson 1-0, Sean Grosklags 1-0 … QB sacks: none

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley

First downs: 10 … Rushing: 35-318 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 3-4-39-0 … Fumbles lost: 2 … Penalties: 1-5

Rushing: Michael McKee 10-121, Austin Maanum 3-62, Jason Montonye 3-22, Damon Gibson 2-39, Zak Adelman 6-23, Dillon Bork 4-20, Jordan Bauer 2-8, Sam Bauer 3-7 … Passing: Gibson 3-3-39-0, J. Bauer 0-1-0-0 ... Receiving: Montonye 2-35, Mike Bauer 1-4 … Punting: Lukas Adelman 1-46 … Interceptions: Montonye 2, Maanum 1, Nate Bauer 1 … Fumble recoveries: Bork 1, Gibson 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: none

Mountain Lake 70,

Hancock Owls 8

Hancock’s season came to an end against Mountain Lake on Tuesday.

The Owls finished the season 1-8.

See Thursday’s Tribune for more details from the game.

Section 6AAA

Litchfield 21,

Redwood Valley 18

Facing a four-point deficit in the final 3:40, Litchfield’s Cody Rau got the game-winning drive started with a 44-yard kickoff return, the scored on a 13-yard pass from Alex Hendricks with 12 seconds left in a Section 6AAA playoff game on Tuesday in Litchfield.

The Dragons improved to 3-6 and move on to play at New London-Spicer at 7 p.m. Saturday in New London.

Defenses ruled the game, with Litchfield scoring a TD on Eric Madsen’s 5-yard fumble return, and Redwood Valley scoring on an interception return and a fumble return.

Redwood Valley’s Cade Johnson ran 8 yards for a score that put the Cardinals up 18-14 with 3:40 to play, but Rau returned the ensuing kickoff 44 to midfield.

The Dragons worked the ball and the clock down, with Rau and Hendricks connecting for the victory.

Rau’s TD was his second of the game. He scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

Redwood Valley (2-7)      0 0 6 12 — 18

Litchfield (3-6)   0 14 0 7 — 21

L – Cody Rau 1 run (Finn Ahlert kick)

L – Eric Madsen 5 fumble return (Ahlert kick)

R – Colten Minkel 25 interception return (kick failed)

R – Sam Pendleton 28 fumble return (pass failed)

R – Cade Johnson 8 run (pass failed)

L – Rau 13 pass from Alex Hendricks (Ahlert kick)

Redwood Valley

First downs: 11 … Rushing: 27-64 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 12-22-133-2 … Fumbles lost: 3 … Penalties: 6-60

Rushing: Thane Widmer 1-35, Cade Johnson 19-19, Thomas Buboltz 2-4, Mitch Fischer 5-6 … Passing: Johnson 12-21-133-2 ... Receiving: Taquez Perkins 6-37, Widmer 2-29, Pendleton 2-53, Jordan Mann 1-11, Fischer 1-3 … Punting: Widmer 5-165 (33.0) … Interceptions: Colten Minkel 1

Litchfield

First downs: 11 … Rushing: 43-129 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-18-100-1 … Fumbles lost: 2 … Penalties: 6-53

Rushing: Cody Rau 19-67, Andy Schneider 14-52, Alex Hendricks 10-10 … Passing: Hendricks 9-18-100-1 ... Receiving: Dylan Kotzer 4-46, Rau 4-28, Austin Larson 1-26 … Punting: Kotzer 5-138 … Interceptions: Rau 2 … Fumble recoveries: Eric Madsen 1, Ryan Anderson 1, Kyle DeWolf 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Brandon Behnke 6-4, Kotzer 3-3, Schneider 2-4, Anderson 1-4 … QB sacks: Behnke 1, Cody Klabunde 1

Annandale 48,

Montevideo 22

Annandale began its road back to the Minnesota state tournament with a victory over the Thunder Hawks in a Section 6AAA game on Tuesday in Annandale.

The Cardinals, now 6-3, play host to Litchfield at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Montevideo’s Jimmy Haff ran for a score and caught a pass for another, and Bailey  Eickhoff ran for Montevideo’s other TD. The Thunder Hawks finished 2-7.

See Thursday’s Tribune for more details from the game.

Melrose 41,

Morris/CA 15

Zach Pierskalla ran for three touchdowns and Gentry Middendorf ran for one long score and caught a pass for another in the Dutchmen’s Section 6AAA victory over Morris/Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday in Melrose.

The Dutchmen, now 6-3, play at Annandale at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The team’s were tied 7-7 after MCA’s Isaac Wente scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.

But Melrose rattled off four straight touchdowns to take over. Middendorf scored on a 68-yard run, Pierskalla scored twice on runs of 24 and 7 yards, and Melrose quarterback Matthew Beste hit Middendorf on a 35-yard scoring pass to put the game out of reach.

Riley Biesterfeld scored the Tigers’ final TD on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Bryce Jergenson in the fourth quarter.

Wente carried 18 times for 66 yards and Bo Olson picked up 64 yards on 9 carries, but four turnovers hampered the Tigers’ upset bid.

Morris/CA (2-7)  7 0 0 8 — 15

Melrose (6-3)      13 15 7 6 — 41

Mel – Zach Pierskalla 14 run (Pierskalla kick)

Mor – Isaac Wente 2 run (Noah Grove kick)

Mel – Gentry Middendorf 68 run (kick failed)

Mel – Pierskalla 24 run (Pierskalla kick)

Mel – Pierskalla 7 run (Pierskalla run)

Mel – Middendorf 35 pass from Matthew Beste (Pierskalla kick)

Mor – Riley Biesterfeld 24 pass from Bryce Jergenson (Wente run)

Mel – Ryan Preusser 4 run (kick failed)

Morris-Chokio-Alberta

First downs: 14 … Rushing: 40-156 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 8-16-131-2 … Fumbles lost: 2 … Penalties: 1-5

Rushing: Isaac Wente 18-66, Bo Olson 9-64, Trent Wulf 8-23, Jordan Thooft 3-3, Jared Anderson 1-1, Noah Grove 1-(-1) … Passing: Jergenson 7-11-100-1, Trent Wulf 1-3-31-0, Corey Storck 0-1-0-0, Trent Marty 0-1-0-1 ... Receiving: Riley Biesterfeld 3-78, Bo Olson 3-32, Storck 1-16, Sean Amundson 1-5 … Punting: Grove 2-63 (31.5)

Melrose

First downs: 20 … Rushing: 51-300 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 7-10-165-0 … Fumbles lost: 0 … Penalties: 8-65

Rushing: Zach Pierskalla 25-135, Gentry Middendorf 11-103, Anthony Welle 4-21, Seth Noll 3-20, Ryan Preusser 11-21, Matthew Beste 1-0 … Passing: Beste 7-10-165-0 ... Receiving: Middendorf 3-53, Isaac Herkenhoff 2-65, Blake Gerads 1-43, Drake Meyer 1-4 … Punting: Tyler Braegelmann 1-35 (35.0) … Interceptions: Noll 1, Meyer 1

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