Prep football: Instant reaction from week one
The lights have been turned off, the scores are settled and the first week of high school football games are now behind us.
Here are five instant reactions.
1. New year, new Willmar...
...In terms of avoiding a slow start out of the gates, at least. In 2016, the Cardinals opened up their season with four consecutive losses. That was not going to be the case on Friday night against Fergus Falls, however.
The Cardinals' veteran experience was on display as a group of seniors—including quarterback Donald Jurek, and wide receivers Noah Slagter and Nick Prokosch—got Willmar off to a hot start, leading 16-0 at halftime.
They were able to carry that over in the second half, never giving Fergus Falls a chance to claw its way back into the game.
There's still plenty of football to play, but so far, so good for Willmar.
2. Litchfield's defense on fire
The Dragons featured a potent offense last season, but it could be their defense that strikes fear into opponents in 2017.
Zach Kaiser and Dylan Madsen both had interception returns for touchdowns as Litchfield shut out St. Cloud Cathedral to open the season on Friday night.
Cathedral was only able to accumulate 69 yards rushing and 66 yards passing as the Dragons' front seven was able to deliver pressure all game long.
3. A BOLD line
Stop me if you've heard this before: BOLD's offensive line, to go along with a stout defense, is looking incredibly strong.
Behind an impressive front, Warriors running back Gavin Vosika rushed for 150 yards and five touchdowns. As a team, BOLD picked up 364 rushing yards on 50 carries in its 52-8 win over Paynesville.
4. Could Lac qui Parle Valley surprise?
The Eagles delivered an eye-catching performance in their season opener on Thursday.
Sure, they lost. But it was to regular power Wabasso and by just one point.
LQPV grabbed a fourth-quarter lead on two occasions, but the Rabbits were able to mount a late comeback to come away with a 25-24 win.
Still, with a nice run-pass mix featuring running back Peyton Mortensen and quarterback Wyatt Halvorson, there were plenty of positives for the Eagles.
5. All about that bass—and Trebil
ACGC only threw the ball 11 times in its win over BBE on Friday night, so a pedestrian statline from quarterback Michael Trebil would not have been a knock on his play.
Instead, Trebil delivered quite the night throwing the ball. He completed 10 of his 11 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns over the Jaguars defense.
Big plays was the name of the game for Trebil and the Falcons, as Josh Kinzler scored on catches of 44 and 70 yards while Jarren Kaddatz added a 56-yard touchdown reception of his own.
Leading rushers Gavin Vosika, BOLD, 150 yards 5 TD; Bentley Boike, Dawson-Boyd, 157 yards 2 TD; Adam Zosel, Benson, 109 yards TD; Dylan Rudningen, KMS, 107 yards 2 TD; Logan Nelson, Litchfield, 107 yards; Ryan Christianson, Minnewaska, 102 TD
Leading passers: Michael Trebil, ACGC, 210 yards 4 TD; Isaac Hoogeveen, Montevideo, 166 yards TD; Donald Jurek 165 yards 3 TD; Jack Howard, RCW, 162 yards; Matthew Gruber, Minnewaska, 139 yards 2 TD; Alex Swenson, D-B, 134 yards 3 TD
Leading receivers: Josh Kinzler, ACGC, 135 yards 2 TD; Jackson Snell, Montevideo, 125 yards TD; Matthew Tolifson, Benson, 101 yards 2 TD; Keaton Schuelke, D-B, 80 yards TD; Jamie Castillo, RCW 71 yards TD; Jaren Kaddatz, ACGC, 70 yards 2 TD
Leading tacklers: Kelby Jaenisch, MACCRAY, 21; Matthew Wedin, Litchfield, 17; Sam Hilbrands, MACCRAY 14; Adam Jaeger, BBE, 13; Jackson Snell, Montevideo, 12; Rhys Schwitters, MACCRAY, 11