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Morris/Chokio-Alberta Tigers win the shootout, 34-30

Read how Morris/CA went up big, then hung on to beat Paynesville

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Morris/Chokio-Alberta senior quarterback Zach Bruns runs through a diving tackle attempt from Paynesville junior linebacker Miller Mumm during Friday's Mid-State crossover game from Paynesville High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

PAYNESVILLE — Paynesville and Morris/Chokio-Alberta entered their Week 4 match-up each undefeated.

With each team featuring similar uptempo offenses, the expected barnburner did not disappoint.

In a tale of two halves, the Tigers hung on for a 34-30 victory on Friday during a Mid-State crossover game from Paynesville High School.

Photo Gallery: Morris/Chokio-Alberta Tigers at Paynesville Bulldogs

Early in the third quarter, the Bulldogs trailed 34-6 before making it a one-score contest in the final minute of regulation.

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After Grayson Fuchs punched it past the goal line on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, the sophomore quarterback found senior wide receiver Tanner Stanley on a 30-yard touchdown reception to make it 34-22 midway through the fourth.

Then, with 38.7 seconds remaining, Fuchs delivered his fourth touchdown of the game on a 4-yard rush. Fuchs and Stanley connected once more on the two-point conversion to slice the Paynesville down to four.

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After scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run, Paynesville sophomore quarterback Grayson Fuchs (12) celebrates with sophomore wide receiver Max Athmann (22) during Friday's Mid-State crossover game against Morris/Chokio-Alberta from Paynesville High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

On the ensuing kickoff, a bouncing onside kick fell into the arms of Morris/CA senior tight end Toby Gonnerman to secure the win.

The Tigers ran out the clock on a game that appeared to be headed toward blowout territory.

Trailing 6-0 in the first quarter, the visitors needed just three plays to travel 44 yards and take the lead on a 19-yard run from junior running back Durgin Decker.

Morris/CA’s extended their advantage after stopping Paynesville on fourth down for the first of three times. As time expired to end the first quarter, Tigers quarterback Zach Bruns raced to the outside, broke a pair of tackles before out-running the defense for a 52-yard rushing touchdown.

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While the road team’s offense was in fifth gear, Paynesville’s was stuck in first. With success running behind offensive guards senior Michael Schlangen and Sam Lopez and junior center Gavin Miller, the Bulldogs collected four first downs before scoring on a Fuchs 6-yard run on their opening drive. On the team’s next five drives of the first half, Paynesville was held to two first downs.

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Morris/Chokio-Alberta senior quarterback Zach Bruns runs toward the sidelines during Friday's Mid-State crossover game against Paynesville from Paynesville High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Meanwhile, Morris/CA moved the ball with runs geared toward the edge. Bruns made it 21-6 with a 7-yard sweep. Late in the first half deep inside Bulldogs territory, Bruns reversed field and broke multiple tackles on a beautiful 13-yard scramble. Two plays later, Durgin gave the Tigers a 28-6 cushion with a 1-yard plunge.

Paynesville’s next game is Friday at home against Holdingford.

Morris/CA’s next game Friday Nov. 6 at home against Osakis.

Morris/CA 34,
Paynesville 30

Morris/CA (3-0) 15 13 6 0 — 34
Paynesville (3-0) 6 0 8 16 — 30
Scoring Plays
P – Grayson Fuchs 6 run (Pass failed)
M – Durgin Decker 19 run (Zach Bruns kick)
M – Bruns 52 run (Jackson Loge pass from Bruns)
M – Bruns 7 run (Kick failed)
M – Decker 1 run (Bruns kick)
M – Kenny Soderberg 14 pass from Bruns (Kick failed)
P – Fuchs 1 run (Fuchs run)
P – Tanner Stanley 30 pass from Fuchs (Stanley pass from Fuchs)
P – Fuchs 4 run (Stanley pass from Fuchs)

Morris/Chokio-Alberta

First downs: 19 … Penalties: 4-35 … Rushing (Individual and team): Zach Bruns 19-177, Durgin Decker 22-118, Tristan Raths 5-14. 46-309 … Passing (Individual and team): Bryan 4-15-17-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Kenny Soderberg 2-15, Toby Gonnerman 1-7, Decker 1-(-5) … Interceptions: N/A … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

Paynesville

First downs: 19 … Penalties: 6-41 … Rushing (Individual and team): Drew Tangen 15-79, Grayson Fuchs 17-70,. Blake Hiltner 15-50, Craig Schmitz 3-21, Grant Ruchti 2-5, Miller Mumm 1-1. 53-226 … Passing (Individual and team): Fuchs 13-31-165-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Ruchti 4-106, Max Athmann 5-31, Tanner Stanley 1-30, Tangen 2-2, Hiltner 1-(-4) … Interceptions: N/A … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

Pierz 14,
Minnewaska 6

Michael Leidenfrost rushed for an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to push Pierz’s lead to 14-6 in the game at Brainerd.

Pierz led 8-0 when Minnewaska’s Tyson Meyer rushed for a seven-yard touchdown. Meyer ran 20 times for 113 yards.

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Minnewaska’s next game is 7 p.m. Friday at home against Sauk Centre

Minnewaska (1-3) 0 6 0 0 — 6
Pierz (4-0) 8 0 0 6 — 14
Scoring Plays
P – Zach Jones 28 pass from Noah Cekalla (Jeremy Bingesser run)
M – Tyer Meyer 7 run (pass failed)
P – Michael Leidenfrost 11 run (pass failed)

Minnewaska

First downs: 9 … Penalties: 5-32 … Rushing (Individual and team): Meyer 20-113, Max Reichmann 2-17, Mitchell Gruber 6-15, Aaron Ver Steeg 3-6, Jackson Stadsvold 1-(-4). 32-147 … Passing (Individual and team): Gruber 5-11-35-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Stadsvold 2-14, Peyton Johnsrud 1-8 … Interceptions: Meyer 1 … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: Ryan VanLuik

Pierz

First downs: 14 … Penalties: 3-12 … Rushing (Individual and team): Leidenfrost 22-114, Isaac Walcheski 2-8, Chandler Doucette 3-8, Cekalla 2-7, Benjamin Virnig 3-4, Kirby Fischer 1-(-3). 33-138 … Passing (Individual and team): Cekalla 8-17-102-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Zachary Jones 3-53, Leidenforst 3-35, Kolten Happke 1-11, Walcheski 1-3. … Interceptions: Happke 1 … Fumble recoveries: Jacob LeBlanc 1, Walcheski 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: Ian Oberfield, Carter Giese

Benson 45,
Browerville/EV 6

Thomas Dineen rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries to lead Benson to the victory at Jack Dressen Field in Browerville.

Dineen, a sophomore, also had two quarterback sacks.

The Braves rushed for 263 yards and held the Tigers to 96 on 49 attempts. Senior linebacker Kellen Schmidt led Benson with 11 tackles, including six solo.

It was Browerville/Eagle Valley’s first loss of the season. The game was to be at Sauk Centre, which has artificial turf. But it was moved back to Browerville on Friday.

Benson plays host to Upsala/Swanville Area next Friday.

Benson (3-1) 16 8 0 21 — 45
Browerville/EV (3-1) 0 6 0 0 — 6
Scoring Plays
B – Thomas Dineen 15 run (Abe Peterson pass from Cole Hedman)
B – Peterson 63 pass from Hedman (Ben Peterson from Hedman)
BEV – Mason Gode 10 run (pass failed)
B – Dineen 10 run (B. Peterson from Hedman)
B – A. Peterson 6 pass from Hedman (pass failed)
B – Zach Rosen 15 run (Sam Lenarz run)
B – Lenarz 22 run (Sam Thompson kick)

Benson

First downs: 13 … Penalties: 2-10 … Rushing (Individual and team): Dineen 26-199, Ryan Tolifson 3-22, Hedman 2-5, Rosen 1-15, Lenarz 1-22. 33-263 … Passing (Individual and team): Hedman 3-5-0-72 ... Receiving (Individual and team): A. Peterson 2-69, B. Peterson 1-3 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): Kellen Schmidt 6-5, Nathan Bolduc 3-8, Dineen 4-6, Brady Gass 3-6, Adam Zosel 4-3 … QB sacks: Dineen 2.

Browerville/Eagle Valley

First downs: 10 … Penalties: 4-40 … Rushing (Individual and team): Gode 6-26, Landon Gode 13-37, Brock Hayes 11-46, Carter Meiners 8-5. 49-96 … Passing (Individual and team): Meiners 2-4-0-64 ... Receiving (Individual and team): L. Gode 1-43, Sam Hinnenkamp 1-21 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

BOLD 35,
HL-W-W 21

BOLD moved to 4-0 with the victory over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on the artificial turf in Delano.

BOLD’s first-half scores include a Drew Sagedahl 2-yard touchdown pass from Braeden Tersteeg with 3:20 left in the second quarter to make it 14-0.

Sagedahl opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run with 9:17 left in the second quarter. Tersteeg’s kick made it 7-0.

It became 21-0 on a Tim Peppel four-year run with one minute left in the first half.

Both the Warriors’ late second-quarter scores came after turnovers.

HLWW falls to 0-4.

BOLD’s next game is Friday at home against Eden Valley-Watkins.

Kimball 26,
ACGC 14

Kimball scored two second-half touchdowns, including a Jamison Turbridy interception return for a score, to beat host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Landon Blom rushed for 108 yards to lead ACGC, which also had an interception return for a touchdown by Braeden Pickle.

ACGC plays Thursday at Maple Lake.

Kimball (3-1) 8 6 6 6 — 26
ACGC (2-2) 0 6 8 0 — 14
Scoring Plays
K – Gabe Becker 5 pass from Lucas Jansky (Jansky run)
ACGC– Masson Hiltner 4 pass from Luke Trebil (run failed)
K – Jamison Tubridy 10 pass from Jansky (pass failed)
ACGC – Braeden Pickle interception return (Levi Lilleberg pass from Trebil)
K – Tubridy interception return (pass failed)
K – Ashton Hanan 1 run (pass failed)

Kimball

First downs: 16 … Penalties: 2-20 … Rushing (Individual and team): Hanan 22-86, Zack Holtz 10-27, Andy Becker 4-19, Haden Rosenow 1-0. 40-129, … Passing (Individual and team): Jansky 7-17-107-2-2, Hanan 0-1-0-0-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Hanan 2-33, Becker 2-9, Greg Antiqua 1-35, Cody Leither 1-20, Tubridy 1-10 … Interceptions: Carter Holtz 1, Tubridy 1 … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): Hanan 7-9, Zach Holtz 3-15, C. Holtz 6-6, Andy Becker 2-4 … QB sacks: C. Holtz 2, Becker 1.

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

First downs: 15 … Penalties: 4-35 … Rushing (Individual and team): Landon Blom 21-108, Trebil 20-51, Pickle 2-5, Hayden Strauman 2-4, Malcom Ludwig 1-(-2). 46-166… Passing (Individual and team): Trebil 6-21-60-1-3 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Pickle 3-14, Mason Studeman 1-32, Lilleberg 1-10, Hiltner 1-4 … Interceptions: Hiltner 1, Alex Kokenge 1, Pickle 1 … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): Studeman 5-9, Hiltner 6-5, Wilson Gratz 3-6, Kokenge 2-3, Taylor Fester 1-4, Terrell Renne 1-4 … QB sacks: none

KMS 12,
USA 8

Down 8-6 at halftime, a 9-yard touchdown run by quarterback Alex Call in the third quarter made the difference as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg beat Upsala/Swanville Area in Murdock.

Call led the Fighting Saints with 71 rushing yards on 12 carries while also going 9-for-16 passing for 98 yards. Wylee Lottman aided KMS’ effort with 62 rushing yards on 18 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Moving to .500, the Fighting Saints travel to Belgrade to take on Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Friday, Nov. 6.

USA (2-2) 8 0 0 0 — 8
KMS (2-2) 6 0 6 0 — 12
Scoring Plays
U – Carter Johnson 30 pass (Two-point conversion)
K – Wylee Lottman 2 run (Kick failed)
K – Alex Call 9 run (Two-point conversion failed)

Upsala/Swanville

First downs: 11 … Penalties: 2-15 … Rushing (Individual and team): Tyson Leners 17-76, Levi Lampert 1-9, Carter Johnson 2-(-13). 28-90 … Passing (Individual and team): Johnson 9-17-109-0, Lampert 0-1-0-0. 9-18-109-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Haden Chuba 3-31, Lampert 3-24. 9-109 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: One … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: Nick Herzog 1

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

First downs: 18 … Penalties: 5-85 … Rushing (Individual and team): Alex Call 12-71, Wyatt Lottman 18-62, Chase Magaard 5-38, Masyn Olson 6-19, Hunter Kallstrom 1-1. 42-191 … Passing (Individual and team): A. Call 9-16-98-0, Isaac Call 1-1-15-0 10-17-113-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Isaac Rudningen 4-58, A. Call 1-15, Olson 1-15, Lottman 2-23, I. Call 2-12 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: Kallstrom … Tackles (solo-assist): I. Call 9-2, Olson 5-2, Rick Jones 5-2, Lottman 4-2, Rudningen 4-2 … QB sacks: Ben Clark 1, Kallstrom 1

East Central
Zimmerman 29,
NLS 22

Zimmerman scored the last touchdown of the game with 3:55 left to beat visiting New London-Spicer.

The Wildcats had taken a 22-21 lead when Brycen Christensen caught a 50-yard pass from Kyle Doty with 11:49 to go in the fourth quarter. Mason Toutges’ two-point pass from Doty put NLS up.

Then came Caden Spence’s nine-yard ruh with 3:55 to go. Ryan Bouley’s two-put run made it 29-22.

NLS’ next game is Friday at home against St. Cloud Cathedral.

NLS (1-3) 8 6 0 8 — 22
Zimmerman (1-3) 7 7 7 8 — 29
Scoring Plays
Z – Abram Hunter 3 run (Brady Salo kick)
N – Tim Thein 8 run (Jack Novak run)
N – Novak 1 run (Run failed)
Z – Nolan Spence 25 pass from Trevor Jones (Salo kick)
Z – Caden Spence 91 kick return (Salo kick)
N – Brycen Christensen 50 pass from Kyle Doty (Mason Toutges pass from Doty)
Z – C. Spence 9 run (Ryan Bouley run)

New London-Spicer

First downs: 11 … Penalties: 6-56 … Rushing (Individual and team): Jack Novak 21-79, Tim Thein 14-56, Kyle Doty 4-6, Conner Rothwell 2-9, Kyle Denz 1-44, Brycen Christensen 1-5. 43-199 … Passing (Individual and team): Doty 5-13-91-3, Christensen 0-1-0-0. 5-14-91-3 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Christensen 2-55, Jaden Zylstra 2-26, Denz 1-10. 5-91… Interceptions: Denz 1, Novak 1, Thein 1 … Fumble recoveries: Denz 1, Novak 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Thein 13-1, Logan Woelfel 9-2, Nick McKenzie 7-3, Denz 6-1, Novak 6-0 … QB sacks: Thein 1

Zimmerman

First downs: 13 … Penalties: 9-82 … Rushing (Individual and team): Elijah Stellmach 18-58, Caden Spence 10-104, Trever Jones 9-30, Abram Hunter 5-18, Ryan Bouley 2-2, Bryan Hoerr 1-(-15), Brock Snow 1-5. 47-202… Passing (Individual and team): Jones 6-14-83-3. 6-14-84-3 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Nolan Spence 3-60, Rylan Rivers 2-19, Wyatt Behl 1-5 … Interceptions: Three … Fumble recoveries: Two … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

Litchfield 15,
D-C 13

Garrison Jackman’s 22-yard field goal with eight minutes remaining proved to be the difference as Litchfield won at Dassel-Cokato.

D-C went for it on fourth down on its own 10-yard line, but was stopped by Litchfield. That set up Jackman’s field goal, making it 15-7.

The Chargers’ Eli Gillman scored with five minutes remaining to cut the deficit to 15-13. Litchfield then stopped D-C’s two-point conversion run.

Litchfield then ran out the clock. In the final five-minute drive, Litchfield had three fourth-down conversions to seal the victory.

For Litchfield, Ben Alsleben completed 15 of 27 passes for 163 yards. He also rushed 19 times for 77 yards.

Defensively, the Dragons’ Wyatt Larson had 15 tackles and Logan King added 13.

Litchfield’s next game is 7 p.m. Friday at Albany. The Huskies are 4-0 after a 42-7 win over Kasson-Mantorville.

Litchfield (4-0) 0 12 0 3 — 15
D-C (2-2) 7 0 0 6 — 13
Scoring Plays
DC – Jacob Niemela recovers fumble in end zone (Kyle Aho kick)
L – Bennett Lecher 2 run (kick failed)
L – Ben Alsleben 1 run (pass failed)
L – Garrison Jackman 22 field goal
DC – Eli Gillman 1 run (run failed)

Litchfield

First downs: 14 … Penalties: 4-35 … Rushing (Individual and team): Alsleben 19-77, Lecher 5-24, Cole Bartlett 3-11, Dylan Kotzer 2-41. 29-153 … Passing (Individual and team): Alsleben 15-27-163-0-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Logan King 4-59, Tyson Michels 3-38, Lecher 8-66. … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: King, Beau Weseloh … Tackles (solo-assist): Wyatt Larson 15, King 13, Bartlett 9, Dom Dietel 9 … QB sacks: none

Dassel-Cokato

First downs: 16 … Penalties: 3-31 … Rushing (Individual and team): Gillman 25-140, Hayden Hoernemann 10-39, Collin Asplin 1-47. 54-282 … Passing (Individual and team): Gillman 3-3-21-0-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Keyton Johnson 3-21 … Interceptions: Asplin 1 … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

9-Man South
RCW 43,
Mountain Lake 14

Renville County West rushed for 425 yards to win its homecoming game in Danube.

Brandon Hoberg led the way, rushing 19 times for 231 yards and five touchdowns. Jaden Kolker rushed 15 times for 135 yards and a TD for the Jaguars.

Mountain Lake is defending state Nine-Man champion.

RCW plays Friday at Hector vs. Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.

Mountain Lake (2-2) 8 0 0 6 — 14
RCW (4-0) 0 22 6 15 — 43
Scoring Plays
ML – Mace Herrig 2 run (Ethan Nickel good)
RCW – Brandan Hoberg 6 run (Hoberg run)
RCW – Hoberg 12 run (pass failed)
RCW – Hoberg 10 run (Hoberg run)
RCW – Hoberg 64 run (pass failed)
ML – Herrig 2 run (pass failed)
RCW – Hoberg 10 run (Hoberg run)
RCW – Jaden Kolker 3 run (Riley Ashburn kick)

Mountain Lake

First downs: 15 … Penalties: 4-45 … Rushing (Individual and team): Ethan Nickel 18-52, Mace Herrig 14-63. 39-135 … Passing (Individual and team): Nickel 13-27-85-0, Tommer Vongkaenchan 0-1-0-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Herrig 4-23, Tanner Koetzle 3-23, Kayne Chanthaviseth 2-23 … Interceptions: Nickel 1, Koetzle 1 … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): Wyatt Wall 1-6, Kade Wassman 3-11, Koetzle 2-7 … QB sacks: None

Renville County West

First downs: 16 … Penalties: 8-80 … Rushing (Individual and team): Brandan Hoberg 19-231, Jaden Kolker 15-135, Riley Ashburn 2-42, Luki Hale 4-17. 40-425 … Passing (Individual and team): Hoberg 2-9-0-2 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Kolker 1-3, Nate Schmidt 1-(-3) … Interceptions: Ayden Gustafson 1 … Fumble recoveries: Kolker 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Kolker 5-16, Ashburn 3-12, Schmidt 4-9, Carter Rice 1-8, Hoberg 3-5, Ethan Haen 1-7 … QB sacks: Cale Bryan 2

Southwest
D-B 20,
R-T-R 12

Fourth-ranked (in Class A) Dawson-Boyd remains undefeated after a road win over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in Tyler.

The Blackjacks (4-0) have their home finale at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 against Lac qui Parle Valley.

Canby 35,
YME 7

Landon Anderson had Yellow Medicine East’s lone score, catching a 12-yard pass from Nolan Hildahl as the Sting fell to the Canby Lancers in Granite Falls.

YME will look to get its first win of the year on Friday, Nov. 6 against MACCRAY in Maynard.

Canby (2-2) 21 0 14 0 — 35
YME (0-4) 7 0 0 0 — 7
Scoring Plays
C – 32-yard run (kick failed)
C – 3-yard run (two-point pass)
Y – Landon Anderson 12 pass from Nolan Hildahl (Patrick Hoernemann kick)
C – 3-yard pass (PAT good)
C – 30-yard run (PAT failed)
C – 7-yard run (two-point run)

Canby

Stats not available

Yellow Medicine East

First downs: 12 … Penalties: 6-29 … Rushing (Individual and team): Nolan Hildahl 11-63, Isaac Jimenez 11-30, Cody Dahlager 5-21, Oscar Galvan 5-13. 34-130 … Passing (Individual and team): I. Jimenez 3-12-34-0, Hildahl 1-1-12-0. 4-13-46-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Hunter Wilke 2-22, Hildahl 1-13, Anderson 1-12 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: Jaiden Jimenez 1, Galvan 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Hildahl 10, Patrick Hoernemann 5, Jimenez 4, Galvan 3 … QB sacks: Hoernemann 1

Non-District
LQPV 20,
W/H-N 14

Putting together a game on short notice with Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, host Lac qui Parle Valley prevailed Friday in Madison.

The Eagles (2-2) travel to Dawson-Boyd on Friday, Nov. 6.

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