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Prep football: Soph's big scoring day lifts Renville County West to the section championship

Jasen Jansen scores five touchdowns in a 47-18 win over Cedar Mountain for the Section 2, 9-Man title and a berth in the state playoffs.

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RCW celebrates after earning its third straight Section 2, 9-Man championship after defeating Cedar Mountain 47-18 on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

MARSHALL — Renville County West sophomore Jasen Jansen wanted nothing more than Renville County West to earn the section championship three-peat.

His five-touchdown performance resulted in the second-seeded Jaguars heading to state with a 47-12 victory over fourth-seeded Cedar Mountain in the Section 2, 9-Man final.

RCW plays the Section 3 champion at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall. Top-seeded Mountain Lake Area (9-1) plays second-seeded Hills-Beaver Creek (8-2) at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Southwest State for the Section 3 title.

“All year I was just hoping for us to get the section championship again for three years in a row,” Jansen said. “We did it.”

The 6-foot sophomore scored four touchdowns in the first half — two rushing, one receiving - and a 55-yard interception return. He followed it up with one more rushing touchdown in the second half.

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He finished with 185 yards on 28 rushing attempts.

Jansen also led the defense with seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

“I was ready for this game. I was hungry for yards and I wanted touchdowns,” he said. “I told coach to just give me the ball. I’ll get it done.”

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Renville County West junior Isaac Haen runs for yardage against Cedar Mountain at the Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

RCW coach Ryan Hebrink enjoyed Jansen’s performance.

“He doesn’t stop. That motor just keeps on going,” Hebrink said. “He wants more. If you give him the ball five times in a row, he wants a sixth. If he comes up and makes a tackle, he wants to do it again.

“His energy is just out of this world and he is just so motivated.”

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RCW beat Cedar Mountain 28-6 on Oct. 7 in Danube.

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Renville County West junior Isaac Haen runs for yardage against Cedar Mountain at the Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

Hebrink said the defensive adjustments may have contributed to the victory.

“I think it was just a matter of us trying to limit those plays that they had down field,” he said. “A big part of that was because we had such good pressure. If we got pressure on them then they weren’t able to look for those big plays down field like they wanted.”

The Jaguars took control of the field early by scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first a 5-yard run by Jansen, the second a 4-yard run by Jack Wertish.

The Cougars stunned the Jaguars with an 81-yard touchdown run on a fake punt by senior Caden Kleinschmidt in the second quarter. But, Jansen answered with back-to-back touchdowns.

His first was a 14-yard connection with junior quarterback Isaac Haen, the second a 55-yard interception return.

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The Jaguars led the Cougars 34-6 at halftime.

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RCW Jaguars' sophomore Jack Wertish celebrates a reception for a long gain against Cedar Mountain at the Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

Haen said the team’s first half was big.

“The first half we just were playing like we knew we would,” Haen said. “We didn’t underestimate them. They beat Hancock, too. We just didn’t underestimate them.”

RCW went on to outscore Cedar Mountain 13-12 in the second half.

Following the final horn, the Jaguars celebrated their three-peat with three fingers in the air with the chant ‘three-peat’ echoing throughout the field.

Aside from Jansen’s strong performance, Haen credited the entire team’s effort.

“You can’t say enough for what these kids did today,” he said. “They came out here, they were well prepared and they executed everything that we wanted them to do.”

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Renville County West junior Isaac Haen runs for yardage against Cedar Mountain at the Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

RCW 47, Cedar Mountain 18

Cedar Mountain (6-5) 0 6 6 6 — 18
RCW (8-3) 14 20 7 6 — 47
Scoring Plays
RCW– Jasen Jansen 5 run (Eddie Morales kick)
RCW – Jack Wertiish 4 run (Morales kick)
CM– Caden Kleinschmidt 81 run (pass fail)
RCW – Jansen 14 pass from Issac Haen (run fail)
RCW – Jansen 55 interception return (Morales kick)
CM – Nick Freitag (run fail)
RCW – I. Haen 14 run (Morales kick)
RCW – Jansen 2 run (kick fail)
CM – Kleinschmidt 69 pass from Freitag (pass fail)

Cedar Mountain

First downs: 7 … Penalties: 3-25… Rushing (Individual and team): Kleinschmidt 3-93, Matt Zeug 4-17, Nick Freitag 2-14, Cooper Freitag 13-8 (22-132) … Passing (Individual and team): N. Freitag 2-3-0 94-0, C. Freitag 10-20-1 31 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Kleinschmidt 5-87, Maverick Webber 1-25, Tim Christensen 1-11, N. Freitag 2-7 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: 2 … Tackles (solo-assist): Tanner Mathiowetz 12, Zeug 11, Webber 9, N. Freitag 5, Ryan Kevelin 5 … QB sacks: none

RCW

First downs: 19 … Penalties: 3-32 … Rushing (Individual and team): Jansen 28-185, Wertish 8-102, I. Haen 5-22, Luki Hale 7-12 (52-308) … Passing (Individual and team): I. Haen 2-3-0 71 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Wertish 1-57, Jansen 1-14 … Interceptions: Jansen 2 … Fumble recoveries: Tyler Amsden 1, Jansen 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Jansen 9, Tyler Amsden 7, Hale 6, Wertish 4, Carter Rice 3, Noah Gullickson 3 … QB sacks: Amsden 4, Gullickson 1, Isiah Botello 1.

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RCW sophomore Jasen Jansen goes for a long gain a rushing attempt in the Section 2, 9-Man championship against Cedar Mountatin on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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