Prep football: Willmar no match for Magic
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals welcomed its second visitor to Hodapp Field this fall out of its new section.
Willmar got a feel of Section 6-5A when it beat Buffalo in the opener. The Bison, who rank No. 5 in the 6-team gridiron group, favor the pass.
Last night on a chilly, breezy Friday, the Cardinals got a taste of the section's No. 2 team with Monticello in town.
The Magic, now 5-1, proved physical with a strong running game, as expected, and an efficient passing attack.
Willmar stood up well to the Mississippi 8 Conference member but was unable to maintain much offensive momentum in a 21-7 loss before a bundled crowd approaching 1,000.
The Cardinals mounted only one sustained drive.
Willmar came out of the halftime locker room and moved 70 yards in 15 plays, 12 on the rush.
Running back Michael Heitzman was bottled up the first half but cut off the right side of the line for a pair of first-down run, the second covering 18 yards to the Magic 24.
Willmar kept pounding into the Magic middle relying on the blocking of tackles Bart Kerfeld and Matt Crow, guards Anthony Wood and Andrew Buchanan and center Josh Warne.
Quarterback Alex Grove and fullback Zech Streed took turns burrowing into the scrum with Streed plowing the final yard. After Patrick Courtney's kick, it was a tie game, 7-7, with 5:39 left in the third quarter.
Monticello had ruled the line of scrimmage the first half piling up 229 total yards while the Cardinals managed just 23 rushing and some short yardage on 7 completions by Grove.
Now it looked like the home team would take command. The third quarter ended 7-all but Monticello's Will Bauman kept pounding away at the Willmar flanks and at 3:40 of the fourth broke loose for the go-ahead touchdown on a 16-yard run.
When Willmar failed to convert on fourth down in the last minutes, the Magic used a short field to add insurance -- a four-yard run by Bauman.
Willmar dropped to 2-4 with conference road games ahead at Sartell next Friday and at Sauk Rapids on Oct. 17. Willmar is now playing for a top 4 seed in the section which would get another game at Hodapp.
Bauman finished with 137 yards in 8 carries plus another 70 yards on throws by quarterback Matt Bonk, who was 11 of 17 for 113 yards for the game.
Heitzman ran for 84 yards in 24 attempts and Grove threw for 94 yards on 14 connections. Sean Zuidema made to fine catches for 38 yards.
Defensive end Joey Lee sacked Bonk twice; Streed's 10 tackles led the defense.
Monticello 21, Willmar 7
Monticello (5-1) 7 0 0 14 -- 21
Willmar (2-4) 0 0 7 0 -- 7
Mon - Birk Olson 43 run (Jakob Kounkel kick)
Wil - Zech Streed 1 run (Patrick Courtney kick)
Mon - Will Bauman 16 run (Kounkel kick)
Mon - Bauman 4 run (Kounkel kick)_
First downs: 12 ... Rushing: 38-203 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 11-17-113-1 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 8-61
Rushing: Will Bauman 18-137, Birk Olson 11-69, Matt Bonk 2-(-14) ... Passing: Bonk 11-16-113-0 ... Receiving: Bauman 5-70, Hayden Laimer 3-30 ... Punting: Mike Fisette 3-35.0, Luke Palmer 2-31.5
First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 33-121 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 14-26-94-0 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 6-37
Rushing: Alex Grove 4-23, Michael Heitzman 24-84, Zech Streed 5-14... Passing: Grove 14-26-94-0 ... Receiving: Heitzman 3-3, Austin Rambow 4-20, Patrick Courtney 1-5, Brandon Christenson 2-19, Austin Grove 1-6, Tyler Stegeman 1-1, Sean Zuidema 2-38 ... Punting: Streed 6-33.5 ... Interceptions: Courtney ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): Hunter Mottinger 1-3, Streed 7-3, Courtney 3-1, Stegeman 5-2, Jordan Geurtz 3-5, Buzzy Tollefson 4-4, Cole Hagen 3-0, Joey Lee 0-2, Leon Richards 1-1, Zuidema 1-1, Cass Herzog 1-1, Travis Deegan 2-1, Kristof Jensen 2-2, Josh Warne 1-1 ... QB sacks: Lee 2 .... Tackles for loss: Hagen 1, Stegeman 1 ... Pass Break ups: Courtney 2