Prep Football From Minnesota-Scores District Standings North Central (White) Team Dis. Over. PF PA Hutchinson 2-0 3-0 34.7 20.3 Becker 2-0 2-1 32.3 19.0 Apollo 1-0 2-1 22.0 21.7 Willmar 1-1 2-1 42.0 20.0 Big Lake 0-1 1-2 13.0 29.0 Princeton 0-2 0-3 19.0 44.7 Rocori 0-3 0-3 18.3 28.0 East Central (North) Team Dis. Over. PF PA Albany 2-0 2-1 28.3 9.0 NLS 2-0 2-1 42.3 17.3 Zimmerman 1-1 2-1 27.3 22.7 Milaca 1-1 1-2 22.0 41.3
MONTICELLO — With one of its center-backs out due to injury and sweltering heat on the Monticello turf making substitutions a must, Willmar had to play a little defense by committee. No problem for the Cardinals as they kept the magic off the scoreboard. And with a goal at the 55th minute from Cesar Leiva, Willmar was able to come away with the 1-0 road win Saturday. "It really honestly was a team effort," said Cardinals head coach Jeff Winter. "Defense did well but our wings did a good job getting the ball back to our center wings."
A road trip to St. Cloud provided New London-Spicer the boost it needed after a week one heartbreak as the Wildcats rolled through St. Cloud Cathedral, 55-7. At 7 p.m. Friday, NLS returns home and they'll be hosting a big-school challenge with seventh-ranked (Class AAAA) Zimmerman coming to town.
With the next two games on the road, Willmar's hoping to head into its Homecoming game on Sept. 28 at 3-1. And on Friday, that starts with Princeton.
WILLMAR — Hutchinson prides itself on bulldozing the competition. A big, athletic offensive line is tough enough to break though. But behind the Tigers' beef is a Sherman tank of a running back in Josiah Nelson, who will break through any arm tackle and seemingly get a first down at will. And while Willmar's offense was able to stay within a score thanks to a wild fourth quarter, the Tigers' offense proved to be unstoppable in a 42-28 North Central White division win Friday at Hodapp Field.
GROVE CITY — Junior Josh Kinzler proved to be a one-man wrecking crew for Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in Friday's season opener, accounting for four touchdowns, 199 total yards and an interception in the Falcons' 35-14 victory over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. After a scoreless first quarter, ACGC's fast-paced offense started clicking in the second, with Kinzler hauling in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Steven Lawver. The two connected again with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left before half, this time from 18 yards out.
This is the first of the Tribune's 2018 prep football Game of the Week features. Tribune sportswriters Joe Brown and Jake Schultz will break down the upcoming week's top matchup, and district standings and Pigskin Picks—on B2 in this edition of the Tribune—will also be part of the weekly package. This week, Joe takes a look at Friday's big BOLD-Paynesville matchup, and in Friday's paper Jake will have an in-depth take on the rivalry between the Warriors and Bulldogs. BOLD at Paynesville 7 p.m. Friday at Paynesville
HECTOR — Through three quarters, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart was in arm's reach against 9-Man state power Cleveland, trailing 20-9. But the Mustangs' lack of depth compared to the Clippers showed and visiting Cleveland put up 21 fourth-quarter points for a 41-16 victory on Friday.
NEW PRAGUE - Alex Lotthammer and Damon Rademacher made life miserable for every hitter that stepped into the batter's box on Sunday. With Raymond and Princeton playing in the opening round of the Class C state amateur baseball tournament, the two were mired in a pitcher's duel, hoping to play another weekend. Thanks to seven strong innings on the mound and some early run support from his teammates, Lotthammer led the Rockets to a 3-0 victory over the Panthers Sunday at Memorial Park Baseball Stadium.
The New London-Spicer won both its matches during the Wildcats' triangular on Tuesday in New London. The Wildcats downed Benson/KMS 6-1 and edged Pipestone 4-3. Benson/KMS defeated Pipestone 5-2. NLS Tri Team scores NLS 6, Benson/KMS 1 NLS 4, Pipestone 3 Benson/KMS 5, Pipestone 2 How NLS fared Singles (1) Erin Loterbauer 1-0, Ava Hanson 1-0 (2) Ava Hanson 1-0, April Groff 0-1 (3) Izzy Schmiesing 1-0, Ruby Parsons 1-0 (4) April Groff 1-0, Morgan Rolighed 0-1. Doubles