PAYNESVILLE — A Week 4 nail-biter didn’t go Paynesville’s way. Last Friday, the Bulldogs fell in triple overtime to Eden Valley-Watkins, 42-36.

On Friday, Paynesville found itself in another nail-biter against unbeaten Royalton. They were trailing 16-14 and were without starting quarterback Chase Bayer, who suffered an injury in the second quarter.

But this time, the Bulldogs stood tall. With a second-half shutout and a fourth-quarter rushing score by backup QB Grayson Fuchs, Paynesville knocked off the Royals, 22-16.

Going into Friday’s game, Royalton was receiving votes in the Class AA poll.

“That was huge for us,” said Paynesville head coach Max Meagher. “Obviously coming off the game last week, we told the guys that if a play or two goes differently, we could have won that one. This time, we did win.

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“At the end of the day, our goal this week was to improve. We knew Royalton was going to be a really good football team. I’m really proud of how the guys played.”

After forcing Royalton into a fumble on the first drive of the game, the Bulldogs made it all the way to the Royals’ 4-yard line. Facing 4th-and-goal, Bayer got the ball over the goal line for a 4-yard rushing TD. He had a hand on the extra point, hitting Eli Nelson with a pass to make it 8-0.

Paynesville senior Dalton Lahr looks for a block to develop downfield during the second quarter of a Mid State district game against Royalton Friday at Paynesville. 

Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
Paynesville senior Dalton Lahr looks for a block to develop downfield during the second quarter of a Mid State district game against Royalton Friday at Paynesville. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Royalton’s wing-T offense found success in the second quarter as running back Connor Carlson ran scores in from 12 and 46 yards to go up 16-8.

Paynesville’s no-huddle offense needed just over a minute to get to the red zone and make it a two-point game after Dalton Lahr ran in a 3-yard score with 8:03 before halftime.

With Royalton leading 16-14 at halftime, the second half was delayed by 30 minutes due to lightning. When the Bulldogs came out, Fuchs took the reins at QB. Back in 2020, Fuchs took over at quarterback against Royalton following an injury to Bayer.

“It was a little bit of deja vu,” Meagher said. “Grayson just makes plays.”

Meagher added, “Maybe at the end, (Fuchs coming in) made us more true to who we are. We stayed behind our line, the backs ran hard and made some plays. We had to move some guys around on defense, too.”

The defense held the Royals scoreless in the second half. And with 7:34 to play, defensive lineman Miller Mumm recovered a fumble, giving Paynesville the ball at midfield.

“Our linebackers played more downhill and were able to get some tackles for a loss,” Meagher said of the defense’s second-half play. “We were trying to get them to second-guess some of their option pitches. And truthfully, our guys rallied around each other.”

Meagher added, “The whole second half, the defense kept us in it. The way we’ve been playing this year, the defense has been like the little brother. I think they did a great job in the second half. … We played more physically at linebacker and safety. They were hitting hard and coming downhill. That’s the most physical we’ve played in the secondary.”

Two plays after Mumm’s fumble recovery, Fuchs found a seam up the middle and took off 64 yards for what ended up being the game-winning score.

“In that weather, it’s hard for defensive backs to adjust. Their safety had an angle, but Grayson kept his feet moving and the safety didn’t have a chance,” Meagher said.

Paynesville (3-2) next plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Holdingford.

Mid State

Paynesville 22, Royalton 16

Royalton (4-1) 0 16 0 0 — 16
Paynesville (3-2) 8 6 0 8 — 22
Scoring Plays
Pay – Chase Bayer 4 run (Eli Nelson pass from Bayer)
Roy – Connor Carlson 12 run (Drew Yourczek run)
Roy – Carlson 46 run (Yourczek run)
Pay – Dalton Lahr 3 run (run failed)
Pay – Grayson Fuchs 64 run (Lahr run)

USA 34, ACGC 8

Upsala/Swanville Area scored three first-quarter touchdowns to take a 22-0 lead in its victory over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City.

ACGC is host to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7 p.m. Friday.

USA (4-1) 22 6 0 6 — 34
ACGC (2-3) 0 8 0 0 — 8
Scoring Plays
USA – Lampert 62 run (Harren pass from Lampert)
USA – Lampert 48 pass from Lange (pass failed)
USA – Lampert 48 pass from Lange (Harren pass from Lampert)
ACGC – L. Blom 11 run (Blom run)
USA – Lampert interception return (pass failed)
USA – Kedrowski 51 run (run failed)

USA

First downs: 9 … Penalties: 6-45 … Rushing (Individual and team): Lampert 3-54, Kedrowski 1-51, Levers 16-41, Lange 6-27, Harren 3-8. 29-181 … Passing (Individual and team): Lange 3-12-0 124 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Lampert 3-124 … Interceptions: Lampert 1, Primus 1 … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): Lange 10-8, B. Mugg 7-4, Johannes 4-5, Harren 4-4, Thieschafer 2-7, Lambrecht 5-1, K. Primus 1-6 … QB sacks: N/A

ACGC

First downs: 16 … Penalties: 4-25 … Rushing (Individual and team): Blom 26-131, M. Studemann 9-46, T. Renne 4-14, J. Gratz 1-6, A. Grimsgard 18-(-11). 58-186 … Passing (Individual and team): Grimsgard 6-16-2 69 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Studemann 3-25, M. Hiltner 1-32, J. Drange-Leyendecker 1-8, Blom 1-4 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): Studemann 4-4, I. Renne 4-4, C. Renne 3-2 … QB sacks: N/A

BBE 34, LPGE 12

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa led 28-6 at halftime on its way to the victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Belgrade.

The Jaguars play at 7 p.m. Friday at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

LPGE (0-5) 6 0 6 0 — 12
BBE (3-2) 22 6 0 6 — 34
Scoring Plays
BBE – Jamison Reed 60 pass from Luke Dingmann (Easton Hagen run)
BBE – Hagen 5 run (Gavin Kampsen run)
BBE – Kampsen 5 run (2pt failed)
LPGE – Name unavailable 25 pass from Tye Urman (2pt failed)
BBE – Hagen 20 pass from Dingmann (2pt failed)
LPGE – Caleb Bitz 3 run (2pt failed)
BBE – Kampsen 5 run (2pt failed)

LPGE

First downs: 11 … Penalties: 2-5 … Rushing (Individual and team): Caleb Bitz 22-62. 36-120 … Passing (Individual and team): Tye Urman 8-18-2 65 ... Receiving (Individual and team): N/A … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

BBE

First downs: 17 … Penalties: 9-110 … Rushing (Individual and team): Gavin Kampsen 20-116, Blaine Fischer 7-71, Luke Dingmann 7-6, Easton Hagen 1-5, Braeden Michels 1-0, Wyatt Engen 1-(-5). 37-193 … Passing (Individual and team): Dingmann 9-19-0 133, Luke Illies 1-1-0 7. 10-20-0 140 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Jamison Reed 1-60, Fischer 3-50, Hagen 1-20, Carson Savage 1-7, Talen Kampsen 1-3 … Interceptions: Toby Cebulla 1, Ryan Jensen 1 … Fumble recoveries: Fischer 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Kampsen 5-2, Reed 5-3, Cebulla 4-4 … QB sacks: Ethan Spanier 1

KMS 27, Benson 14

In the Battle of Swift County, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg penciled in its first win of the 2021 season with a Mid State district win over Benson at Murdock.

Hunter Kallstrom had three touchdowns for the Fighting Saints, with TD receptions of 53 and 27 yards along with a 68-yard scoring run. He finished the game with five catches for 129 yards while also running for 83 yards on four carries. Quarterback Alex Call was 10-for-17 for 179 yards.

Both of the Braves’ scores came in the fourth quarter courtesy of Ryan Tolifson with TD runs of 1 and 16 yards.

KMS plays at 7 p.m. next Friday at Kimball while Benson is host to BOLD.

Benson (2-3) 0 0 0 14 — 14
KMS (1-4) 7 13 0 7 — 27
Scoring Plays
KMS – Hunter Kallstrom 53 pass from Alex Call (Daniel Reisinger kick)
KMS – Malaki Lee 6 run (Reisinger kick)
KMS – Kallstrom 27 pass from Call (kick failed)
B – Ryan Tolifson 1 run (80 kick)
KMS – Kallstrom 68 run (Reisinger kick)
B – Tolifson 16 run (80 kick)

Benson

Stats not available

KMS

First downs: 20 … Penalties: 6-59 … Rushing (Individual and team): Hunter Kallstrom 4-83, Malaki Lee 14-38, Alex Call 4-28, Jett Olson 5-23. 28-172 … Passing (Individual and team): Call 10-17-0 179 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Kallstrom 5-129, Isaac Rudningen 4-46, Jared Cortez 1-33 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): Rudningen 8-2, Olson 5-0, Logan Rudningen 2-3, Masyn Olson 7-1, Owen Kidrowski 2-2 … QB sacks: I. Rudningen 1, Kidrowski 1, Lee 1

BOLD 56, Maple Lake 7

Freshman running back Hudson Vosika rushed for 182 yards and three first-quarter touchdowns on 12 carries in state-ranked BOLD’s victory over Maple Lake at Olivia.

BOLD (5-0) is ranked third in the state in Class A. The Warriors rushed 29 times for 259 yards and held Maple Lake to 71 rushing yards on 31 attempts.

George Garcia returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown for BOLD and Connor Plumley also picked off a pass for the Warriors. Tate Sheehan, Ethan Sullivan and Mason Uhlenkamp had interceptions for BOLD.

The Warriors play Friday at Benson.

Maple Lake (0-5) 0 0 0 7 — 7
BOLD (5-0) 21 15 20 0 — 56
Scoring Plays
BOLD – Hudson Vosika 9 run (Jack Gross kick)
BOLD – Vosika 20 run (kick failed)
BOLD – Vosika 35 run (Vosika run)
BOLD – Connor Plumley 19 pass from Gross (Gross kick)
BOLD – Ryan King 29 pass from Rylan Gass (Hunter Borer run)
BOLD – David Garcia 8 run (Gross kick)
BOLD – George Garcia 33 interception return (Gross kick)
BOLD – Kaden Fischer 71 run (2-point conversion failed)
ML – Riley Hall 25 run (kick good)

Maple Lake

First downs: 5 … Penalties: not available … Rushing (Individual and team): Shay McClory 6-33, Hall 3-33. 31-71 … Passing (Individual and team): Hall 8-22-2 41 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Edward Neu 2-13, Zane Jude 1-21. … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): not available … QB sacks: not available.

BOLD

First downs: 8 … Penalties: 4-40 … Rushing (Individual and team): Vosika 12-182, Fischer 4-75, D. Garcia 3-17, Brady Kiecker 4-5. 29-259 … Passing (Individual and team): Gross 8-12-0 102, Gass 1-2-0 29. 9-14-0 131 ... Receiving (Individual and team): King 5-90, Borer 1-14, Plumley 1-19, Stevie McMath 1-3, Vosika 1-5 … Interceptions: G. Garcia 1, Plumley 1 … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): D. Garcia 0-5, Austin Kiecker 3-2, Ethan Sullivan 2-3, Owen Flann 3-2 … QB sacks: Tate Sheehan 1, Sullivan 1, Mason Uhlenkamp 1.

Rockford 43,

Minnewaska 12

Rockford rambled past Minnewaska at Rockford.

Minnewaska plays host to Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 7 p.m. Friday in Glenwood.

Minnewaska (0-5) 0 12 0 0 — 12
Rockford (4-1) 14 22 7 0 — 43
Scoring Plays
R – P. Andry 3 run (kick failed)
R – C. Richards 9 run (H. Brun pass from H. Skinner)
M – D. Friedrichs 34 run (run failed)
M – P. Johnson 2 run (kick failed)
R – W. Overton 35 pass from S. Zilmer (H. Skinner run)
R – C. McCracken 4 run (C. Richards kick)
R – A. Kaul 7 pass from H. Skinner (C. Richards kick)
R – McCracken 35 run (C. Richards kick)

Melrose 43, Montevideo 14

Melrose rushed for 274 yards and passed for 121 more to beat Montevideo at Omer Sieben Field in Melrose.

Montevideo is host to Rockford at 7 p.m. Friday.

Montevideo (1-4) 8 0 6 0 — 14
Melrose (2-3) 8 14 7 14 — 43
Scoring Plays
Mon – Hunter Strand 23 pass from Kaden Boike (Justin Collins pass from Boike)
Mel – Tyler Rademacher 8 run (Rachemacher run)
Mel – Rademacher 1 run (Eleanor Schwieters kick)
Mel – Lucas Feldewerd 2 run (Schwieters kick)
Mon – Francis O’Malley 5 run (run failed)
Mel – Rademacher 5 run (Schwieters kick)
Mel – Anthony Berscheit interception return (Schwieters kick)
Mel – Gor Ruey 6 pass from Rademacher (Schwieters kick)

Montevideo

First downs: 13 … Penalties: 1-5 … Rushing (Individual and team): Francis O’Malley 18-78, Cole Augeson 4-11, Carson Boike 3-6, Andrew Van Binsbergen 1-0, Cooper Dack 1-(-4), Kaden Boike 7-(-8). 34-83 … Passing (Individual and team): K. Boike 9-21-1 106 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Justin Collins 4-42, Hunter Strand 2-29, Van Binsbergen 1-25, Augeson 1-7, Ethan Moravetz 1-3 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): O’Malley 6-7, Gavin Johnson 5-4, Van Binsbergen 7-0 … QB sacks: None

Melrose

First downs: 19 … Penalties: 3-15 … Rushing (Individual and team): Tyler Rademacher 14-140, Lucas Feldewerd 13-93, Anthony Berscheit 7-52, Maxwell Wehlage 1-(-4), Samson Berscheit 4-(-6). 39-274 … Passing (Individual and team): Rademacher 7-12-0 121 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Devin Orbeck 2-54, Fernando Estrella Becerra 1-21, A. Berscheit 1-19, Feldewerd 1-11, Grant Eveslage 1-10, Gor Ruey 1-6 … Interceptions: A. Berscheit 1 … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: L. Feldewerd 1, Ethan Frieler 1, Jayden Danzl 1, Brent Feldewerd 1/2, Blake Welle 1/2

Southwest (West)

Lakeview 28,

Dawson-Boyd 22

In a high-scoring fourth quarter, Lakeview’s Clayton Kosel scored three times to vault the Lakers to a victory over fourth-ranked (Class A) Dawson-Boyd at R.B. Clay Field in Dawson.

Kosel’s TD runs were from 10, 3 and 3 yards out. He finished the game with 193 yards on 26 carries.

The Blackjacks’ Holt Larson also had a big game on the ground, going for 236 yards on 26 attempts, including a 65-yard touchdown. Caleb Torke broke off a big run of his own from 82 yard to tie the game at 22-all.

The Blackjacks next play at 7 p.m. Friday at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.

Lakeview (4-1) 0 8 0 20 — 28
Dawson-Boyd (4-1) 0 0 6 16 — 22
Scoring Plays
L – Name unavailable 1 run (2pt good)
DB – Unavailable (2pt failed)
L – Clayton Kosel 10 run (2pt good)
DB – Holt Larson 65 run (2pt good)
L – Kosel 3 run (2pt failed)
DB – Caleb Torke 82 run (2pt good)
L – Kosel 3 run (2pt failed)

Lakeview

First downs: 17 … Penalties: 3-36 … Rushing (Individual and team): Clayton Kosel 26-193. 46-233 … Passing (Individual and team): Owen Louwagie 4-15-0 73 ... Receiving (Individual and team): N/A … Interceptions: 2 … Fumble recoveries: 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

D-B

First downs: 15 … Penalties: 6-25 … Rushing (Individual and team): Holt Larson 26-236. 27-237 … Passing (Individual and team): Brayden Hahn 4-13-2 54 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Caleb Torke 2-31, Braxton Hahn 2-23 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: Colin Jorgens 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Brax. Hahn 8-1, Larson 5-3 … QB sacks: None

LQPV 14, YME 6

A fourth-quarter touchdown helped lift Lac qui Parle Valley to its second win of the season by beating Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

LQPV is host to Canby at 7 p.m. Friday in Madison. YME next plays Lakeview at 7 p.m. Friday at Cottonwood.

LQPV (2-3) 0 6 0 8 — 14
YME (0-5) 0 6 0 0 — 6
Scoring Plays
LQPV – 8 pass (kick failed)
YME – Andrew Flaten 10 run (2-point conversion failed)
LQPV – 8 run (two-point conversion)

LQPV

First downs: 16 … Penalties: 4-20 … Rushing (Individual and team): 31-124 … Passing (Individual and team): 7-12-0 43 ... Receiving (Individual and team): N/A … Interceptions: N/A … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

YME

First downs: 18 … Penalties: 6-40 … Rushing (Individual and team): Nolan Hildahl 15-48, Flatten 11-44, Cody Dahlager 6-5, Isaac Jimenez 3-2 … Passing (Individual and team): Flatten 9-16-1-93 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Jimenez 4-26, Hildahl 3-30, Moises Hidalgo 1-24, Dahlager 1-13 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: Javier Jackson 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Jackson 4-1, Jake Odegard 4-1, Hildahl 3-5, Jimenez 3-1, Isreal Eakes 2-2 … QB sacks: Landon Anderson 1.

Canby 20, MACCRAY 6

Canby’s Ty Stoks ran for 315 yards and two touchdowns to push the Lancers to a Southwest West district win over MACCRAY at Canby.

The Wolverines’ lone score came in the second quarter when Isaac Strommer hit Gavin Husman for a 31-yard touchdown pass. On defense, Austin Sweep had 16 total tackles and a fumble recovery.

MACCRAY plays Minneota at 7 p.m. next Friday at Maynard.

MACCRAY (0-5) 0 6 0 0 — 6
Canby (3-2) 0 6 8 6 — 20
Scoring Plays
C – Ty Stoks 9 run (run failed)
M – Gavin Husman 31 pass from Isaac Strommer (run failed)
C – Stoks 4 run (Stoks run)
C – Evan Weber 78 interception return (PAT failed)

MACCRAY

First downs: 6 … Penalties: 5-25 … Rushing (Individual and team): Evan Laumb 1-5, Isaac Strommer 9-30, Gavin Husman 3-9, Sebastian Cisneros 20-30. 33-74 … Passing (Individual and team): Strommer 4-19-1 49 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Isaac Post 2-7, Brooks Asche 1-11, Husman 1-31 … Interceptions: Asche 1 … Fumble recoveries: Brady Heiling 1, Austin Sweep 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Sweep 6-10, Cisneros 5-2, Dylan Hardebeck 2-7 … QB sacks: Laumb 1/2, Tyler Loe 1/2

Canby

First downs: 15 … Penalties: 6-52 … Rushing (Individual and team): Evan Weber 4-42, Ty Stoks 29-315, Easton Antony 8-13, Dylan Houseman 10-28. 54-383 … Passing (Individual and team): Antony 0-2-1 0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): None … Interceptions: Weber 1 … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

9-Man South (West)

Renville County West 18,

Hills-Beaver Creek 12

Renville County West surprised previously unbeaten Hills-Beaver Creek by beating the Patriots at Hills.

RCW rallied from a 12-6 deficit, tying it up on a third-quarter, 30-yard touchdown run by T.J. Gasca. Gasca, the Jaguars’ quarterback, then scored the game-winner in the fourth quarter from four yards out. Gasca finished with 117 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Jasen Jansen scored RCW’s other touchdown on a 7-yard run. Jansen had seven rushes for 30 yards.

Hills-Beaver Creek is ranked fourth in the state in 9-Man.

RCW plays Cedar Mountain at 7 p.m. Friday in Danube.

RCW (3-2) 6 0 6 6 — 18
H-BC (4-1) 0 12 0 0 — 12
Scoring Plays
RCW– Jasen Jansen 7 run (run fail)
HBC – Cole Baker 1 run (pass fail)
HBC – Baker 5 run (pass fail)
RCW – A.J. Gasca 30 run (kick fail)
RCW – Gasca 4 run (pass fail)

RCW

First downs: 13 … Penalties: 9-62 … Rushing (Individual and team): A.J. Gasca 11-117, Jasen Jansen 7-30, Luki Hale 12-29, Tyler Amsden 3-14, 37-184 … Passing (Individual and team): Gasca 7-16-62-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Isaac Haen 3-29, Tyler Amsden 2-22, Adam Schrupp 1-6, Jasen Jansen 1-5 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: Carter Rice 1, Jasen Jansen 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Gasca 8, Hanes 8, Jansen 7, Jack Wertish 6, Rice 6, Hunter Ridler 5, Amsden 5, Ethan Hanes 5 … QB sacks: Tyler Amsden 2.

H-BC

First downs: 16 … Penalties: 1-5 … Rushing (Individual and team): Cole Baker 15-66, Drew Leenderts 2-10, Ty Bundesen 2-8 … Passing (Individual and team): Oliver Deelstra 15-31-0 151 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Bundesen 7-63, Baker 4-56, Leenderts 2-21, Andrew Harris 1-6, Casey Kueter 1-5 … Interceptions: Deelstra 1 … Fumble recoveries: 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Kuter 7, Harris 7, Bundesen 9 … QB sacks: Max Scholten 1.