MONTICELLO — Hermantown has the reputation of a hard-nosed, ground-and-pound team thanks to a strong ground game and a top-tier defense. On Friday, Willmar proved it could hit a bit harder. Outrushing the Hawks 370-178 and jumping out to a 22-0 first-quarter lead, the Cardinals asserted their dominance through all four quarters in a 44-0 win in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals at Monticello High School. "We had more control," said defensive tackle Andrew Reigstad. "It felt like we pounded their heads into the ground. It felt good."
NEW LONDON — With a balanced offense gaining 403 total yards combined with a defense that gathered up six takeaways, second-seeded New London-Spicer made short work of seventh-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday with a 52-12 win in the Section 6AAA quarterfinals at Pederson Field.
GRANITE FALLS—Bentley Boike ran for 228 yards and five touchdowns in Dawson-Boyd's 61-7 win over Yellow Medicine East on Friday night. The Blackjacks' Colton Husby amassed 105 yards on just five carries and he scored two TDs. Jake Lee also threw scoring passes to Keaton Schuelke and Josh Anyasike. YME got on the board in the second quarter when Angel Jimenez hit Ayden Friese with a 13-yard scoring pass. Dawson-Boyd 61, YME 7 DB (6-1) 13 26 22 0 — 61 YME (2-5) 0 7 0 0 — 7 Scoring Plays
Willmar vs. St. Cloud Apollo isn't just a big Week 6 matchup in the North Central White district standings. It also has major implications three weeks from now. Both teams enter their 7 p.m. Friday game at Apollo with 1-0 records against Section 8AAAA opponents and are currently second and third in the section seeding, according to Minnesota-Scores.net's QRF rankings.
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.