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Prep Football Roundup: Tigers control game, down Eagles

NLS runs down Milaca in 2019 season-opener

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Eagles junior running back Carter Amland sees a hole during the season opener against Springfield on Thursday from Lac qui Parle Valley High School.

MADISON — From the first whistle, Springfield controlled the action on the gridiron, cruising to a 38-7 victory on the road over Lac qui Parle Valley on Thursday.

The road team enjoyed 19-0 cushion at the end of the first half and a 31-0 advantage after the third quarter before the Eagles reached the end zone on a 3-yard fumble return from senior Austin Bonn in the final period.

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Lac qui Parle Valley senior lineman Tucker Droogsma makes a tackle on a Springfield wide receiver during Thursday's home opener from Lac qui Parle Valley High School.

After receiving the opening kickoff, the Tigers wasted little time marching down the field. The visitors jumped ahead after a 35-yard touchdown reception by Jordan Toll from Decker Scheffler, which completed an eight-play, 68-yard drive. The duo later connected on a 54-yard scoring pass.

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On its next possession, Springfield again entered enemy territory but a pass from senior quarterback Decker Scheffler was intercepted by senior Mason Clark.

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Eagles junior starting quarterback Colton Mortenson drops back to pack during first quarter action against Springfield on Thursday from Lac qui Parle Valley High School.

The Eagles earned a first down on their ensuing possession, but a pair of sacks from senior lineman Curtis Tauer forced the home team to punt. With a short-field to work with, Tauer gave the visitors an 13-0 lead after punching it in on a 1-yard plunge. Tauer’s touchdown run was the third time the Tigers converted on fourth down during the first half.

Next week, Lac Qui Parle Valley will hit the road to play MACCRAY, 7 p.m. Friday in Maynard.

Springfield 38,

LQPV 7

Springfield (1-0) 7 12 12 7— 38
LQPV (0-1) 0 0 0 7— 7
Scoring Plays
S – Jordan Toll 35 pass from Decker Scheffler (Scheffler kick)
S – Curtis Tauer 1 run (kick failed)
S – Toll 54 pass from Scheffler (PAT failed)
S – Tori Helget 49 run (PAT failed)
S – Mason Rummel 9 pass from Scheffler (PAT failed)
L – Austin Bonn 3 fumble return (Layton Wittnebel kick)
S – Curtis Tauer 3 run (PAT good)

Springfield

Stats not provided

Lac qui Parle Valley

First downs: 9 … Penalties: 3-15 … Rushing (Individual and team): Carter Amland 9-44, Layton Wittnebel 8-37, Brandon Rios 2-19. 35-86 … Passing (Individual and team): Colton Mortenson 7-10-2 72 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Austin Bonn 2-37, Evan Hegland 2-20 … Interceptions: Nathan Clark 1 … Fumble recoveries: Bonn 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Wittnebel 16, Carson Buer 14, Landon Schirm 6 … QB sacks: None

NLS 33,

Milaca 20

In each team’s season opener, New London-Spicer and Milica ran up and down the field, as the two teams combined for over 400 yards on the ground.

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However, by night’s end, the Wildcats’ running attack was far too strong, as the visitors utilized four rushing touchdowns en route to 33-20 triumph in Milica.

Jack Novak led the Wildcats with 136 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The junior tailback open the scoring with a 29-yard run before breaking a 14-14 tie with a 28-yard run midway through the second quarter.

New London-Spicer created a two-score cushion with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter with Ethan Haugen 53-yard punt return. Later in the frame, Henry Truebenbach scored his second touchdown of the game to cut the Wildcats lead to seven, but Novak put the contest away with a 5-yard run midway through the fourth.

Elsewhere on the ground, Roberth Holmquist added 130 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown for NLS. Truebenbach paced all runners with 160 yards on 17 carries.

NLS (1-0) 7 14 6 6— 33
Milaca (0-1) 6 8 6 0— 20
Scoring Plays
NLS – Jack Novak 29 run (Griffin Duininck kick)
M – Aiden Mikla 2 run (run failed)
NLS – Robert Holmquist 14 run (Duininck kick)
M – Henry Truebenbach 51 run (Truebenbach run)
NLS – Novak 28 run (Duininck kick)
NLS – Ethan Haugen 53 punt return (kick failed)
M – Truebenbach 4 run (pass failed)
NLS – Novak 5 run (kick failed)

New London-Spicer

First downs: 14 … Penalties: 6-60 … Rushing (Individual and team): Novak 22-136, Robert Holmquist 15-130, Haugen 4-(-2). 41-264 … Passing (Individual and team): Mason Toutges 6-9, 83 yards, 2 INT, Novak 0-1, 0 yards. 6-10-2, 83 yards, 2 INT ... Receiving (Individual and team): Jacob Holman 2-41, Jaden Zylstra 2-30, Haugen 2-12. 6-83 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: Blake Vagle 1, Tim Thein 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Thein 11-5, Nick Rutledge 7-0, Nick McKenzie 6-1, Vagle 5-2, Holman 5-2, Duininck 6-0 … QB sacks: McKenzie 2, Holman 2, Duninick 1.5, Rutledge 0.5

Milaca

First downs: 10 … Penalties: 2-20 … Rushing (Individual and team): Truebenbach 17-160, Mikla 15-42. 52-170 … Passing (Individual and team): Brady Hardy 2-6, 16 yards. 2-6, 16 yards ... Receiving (Individual and team): Logan Molocek 1-14, Truebenbach 1-2. 2-16 … Interceptions: 2 … Fumble recoveries: 0 … Tackles (solo-assist): NA … QB sacks: NA

Minnewaska 41,

Parkers Prairie 0

Grant Jensen passed, ran and snagged a pick on the way to the end zone three times on Thursday, lifting Minnewaska to a 41-0 drubbing of Parkers Prairie in Glenwood.

After Darion Alexander began the game with a 20-yard touchdown run, Jensen had a hand in the next three scores, starting with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Peyton Johnsrud. Before the final seconds ticked off the first quarter, Jensen broke off a 60-yard run for a score.

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Jensen’s final touchdown came on the defensive end where he picked off a Brendan Johnson pass and went 61 yards for the score.

From there, the Lakers tacked on two more rushing touchdowns in the second half via Tyson Meyer and Max Reichmann.

Jensen had five carries for 45 yards while completing 3 of 7 passes for 92 yards.Meyer paced Minnewaska’s rushing attack with 86 yards while the team combined for 248 yards.

Perhaps more impressive was the defense as they had five takeaways (three interceptions, two fumble recoveries) along with a pair of sacks from Tyler VanLuik. Parkers Prairie’s offense was limited to 63 total yards and three first downs.

The Lakers hit the road next week to take on Kimball.

Parkers Prairie (0-1) 0 0 0 0— 0
Minnewaska (1-0) 21 7 7 6— 41
Scoring Plays
M – Darion Alexander 20 run (Drew Nelson kick)
M– Peyton Johnsrud 36 pass from Grant Jensen (Nelson kick)
M – Jensen 60 run (Nelson kick)
M – Jensen 61 interception return (Nelson kick)
M – Tyson Meyer 38 run (Nelson kick)
M – Max Reichmann 2 run (Run failed)

Parkers Prairie

First downs: 3 … Penalties: 2-20 … Rushing (Individual and team): Brendan Johnson 4-19, Zach Olson 9-17. 21-29 … Passing (Individual and team): Johnson 7-22-48-2, Cole Gesell 0-1-0-1, Luke Geiser 1-1-2-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Jayden Gylsen 2-23, Lance Smith 2-12, Spencer Yohnke 2-17, Luke Giser 1-(-4) … Interceptions: Carter Rokes 1 … Fumble recoveries: Jesse LaManna 1, James Grant 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): NA … QB sacks: N/A

Minnewaska

First downs: 14 … Penalties: 7-60 … Rushing (Individual and team): Grant Jensen 5-45, Darion Alexander 11-42, Keygan Cruz 1-6, Mason Blair 7-40, Tyson Meyer 11-86, Max Reichmann 7-33, Josh Mogard 2-(-4). 44-248 … Passing (Individual and team): Jensen 3-7-92-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Peyton Johnsrud 1-36, Aaron Versteeg 2-56 … Interceptions: Jackson Stadsvold 1, Jensen 1, Alec Larson 1 … Fumble recoveries: Meyer 1, Jakob Swalla 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: Tyler VanLuik 2

MCC 36,

YME 14

In non-district play Thursday, Yellow Medicine East took a 36-14 loss to Murray County Central in Slayton.

Statistics were not available at press time.

The Sting (0-1) will try to rebound on Friday, Sept. 6 at Canby.

YME (0-1) 8 0 0 6— 14
MCC (1-0) 16 7 0 13— 36

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