Southwest West District Football roundup: Blackjacks rally to trip Knights

Dawson-Boyd uses a big 2nd half to beat Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 36-14.

Blackjacks senior running back Holt Larson runs the ball toward the sideline during a game against the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at R.B. Clay Field in Dawson.
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DAWSON — Dawson-Boyd’s offense awoke in the second half, scoring 24 points en route to a 36-14 comeback win over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on Friday evening.

“We came out in the second half and took control early by forcing a turnover on the first play,” Blackjacks head coach Cory Larson said. “We played a good second half but it was a game full of turnovers. We had five turnovers. We were fortunate to come away with the win given the amount of turnovers.”

It was the senior running back duo of Holt Larson and Levi Olson that led the Blackjacks to victory in the second half.

Larson ran for 115 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries, adding an 82-yard kickoff return with 25 seconds remaining in the first half to cut into RTR’s lead at 14-12.

“That was a huge play for us,” Larson said. “It’s one that I think flipped the momentum. We still had to come out, get some stops and control the line of scrimmage with some consistency.”


The Blackjacks scored 24 points in the second half to win.

Blackjacks senior quarterback Keegon Wicht steps back into the pockets and fires the ball during a game against the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at R.B. Clay Field in Dawson.
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When Olson saw his 15 touches, he made the most of them. He averaged seven yards per carry with 105 yards and two touchdowns.

“We have two good running backs that compliment each other well. We are pretty fortunate to have those two guys on our side,” Larson said. “They both block well. Both are strong kids. Holt is more of a north-and-south runner. Levi is a little more shiftier.”

RTR played the Blackjacks strong in a two-touchdown first half. Quarterback Blake Christianson threw two touchdown passes.

Christianson’s first touchdown connection was a 20-yard strike to tight end Drew Werkman to give RTR a 7-6 lead with 2:13 remaining in the first quarter. His second passing touchdown of the night landed in the hands of Hayden Gravley for a 14-yard touchdown right before Larson’s kickoff return near the end of the first half.

“That whole first half, outside of one possession, I think we were starting inside our own 20 the whole half,” Larson said. “We didn’t play well on first down.”

Blackjacks senior defensive lineman Garret Kostad tackles Russell-Tyler-Ruthton senior running back Cody Wichmann during a match between Dawson-Boyd and the Knights on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at R.B. Clay Field in Dawson.
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DB senior quarterback Keegon Wicht completed 4 of 12 passes for 96 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Wicht found Brayson Boike minutes into the first quarter on a 46-yard pass to open up the scoring and give the Blackjacks an early 6-0 lead.


Dawson-Boyd next plays at 7 p.m. on Thursday against MACCRAY at Maynard.

“We have seen plenty of MACCRAY. It’s a team that likes to spread you out,” Larson said. “They haven’t had a ton of wins this season, but that means absolutely nothing. You have to go play football and take care of business.”

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton senior safety Hayden Gravley intercepts a pass attempt from Dawson-Boyd senior quarterback Keegon Wicht during a game between the Blackjacks and Knights on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at R.B. Clay Field in Dawson.
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Dawson-Boyd 36, RTR 14

RTR (2-4)                 7   7     0   0 — 14
Dawson-Boyd (5-1)  6   6   16   8 — 36

Scoring Plays
DB – Brayson Boike 46 pass from Keegon Wicht (two-point failed)
RTR – Drew Werkman 20 pass from Blake Christianson (Cody Wichmann kick)
RTR – Hayden Gravley 14 pass from Christianson (Wichmann kick)
DB – Holt Larson 82 kickoff return (two-point failed)
DB – Levi Olson 9 run (two-point successful)
DB – Larson 4 run (two-point successful)
DB – Olson 7 run (two-point successful)

First downs: 9 … Penalties: 1-5 … Rushing (Individual and team): Cody Wichmann 15-33. 22-56 … Passing (Individual and team): Blake Christianson 11-28-2. 11-117 ... Receiving: Drew Werkman 4-62 … Interceptions: 3 … Fumble recoveries: 2 … Tackles (solo-assist): Wichmann 9, Colton Appel 5, Skyelar Martinez 2 … QB sacks: none

First downs: 13 … Penalties: 5-36 … Rushing (Individual and team): Holt Larson 18-115, Levi Olson 15-105. 33-220 … Passing (Individual and team): Keegon Wicht 4-12-3. 4-12-96 ... Receiving: Brayson Boike 3-75, Aiden Swenson 1-21 … Interceptions: 2 … Fumble recoveries: 2 … Tackles (solo-assist): Larson 6-0, Garret Kostad 5-1, Swenson 4-3, Nathan Kittelson 3-0 … QB sacks: none

Minneota 49, MACCRAY 6

Minneota piled up 186 yards rushing on 38 carries and passed 20 times for 226 more to blitz MACCRAY at Minneota.


Isaac Pohlen completed 10 of 18 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Vikings. He hit Zack Fier for a 54-yard score in the first quarter, then found Anthony Rybinski for a 34-yard TD and Peyton Gillund for a 13-yarder score in the air.

Dylan Hardebeck caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Michael Thein in the first quarter for the Wolverines.

MACCRAY plays Dawson-Boyd at 7 p.m. Thursday in Maynard.

MACCRAY (1-5)    6     0     0   0 — 6
Minneota (5-1)     14   21   14   0 — 49

Scoring Plays
Min – Zack Fier 54 pass from Isaac Pohlen (Peyton Gillund kick)
MAC – Dylan Hardebeck 10 pass from Michael Thein (pass failed)
Min – Anthony Rybinski 34 pass from Pohlen (Gillund kick)
Min – Fier 2 run (Gillund kick)
Min – Gillund 13 pass from Pohlen (Gillund kick)
Min – Fier 1 run (Gillund kick)
Min – Gillund 23 run (Gillund kick)
Min – Sawyer DeSmet 14 run (Peyton Sheik kick)

First downs: 9 … Penalties: 2-10 … Rushing (Individual and team): Michael Thein 8-27, Brady Heilling 3-5, Sebastian Cisneros 13-52. 25-66 … Passing (Individual and team): Thein 14-28-1 136 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Isaac Post 5-52, Dylan Hardebeck 2-16, Jordan Warne 6-63, Cisneros 1-5  … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: Cisneros 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Heilling 2-7, Sawyer Janssen 4-3, Austin Sweep 4-3 … QB sacks: none

First downs: 20 … Penalties: 10-86 … Rushing (Individual and team): Lucas Rybinski 3-19, Peyton Gillund 2-4, Isaac Pohlen 1-4, Anthony Rybinski 5-38, Destin Fier 2-26, Zach Fier 14-74, Sawyer DeSmet 2-15, Joey Lacek 1-5, Parker Bradley 1-6. 32-186 … Passing (Individual and team): Pohlen 10-18-0 207, Dalager 1-2-0 19. 11-20-0 226 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Peyton Sheik 1-19, Gillund 6-72, A. Rybinski 2-52, Z. Fier 2-83 … Interceptions: Lacek 1 … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: n/a

Canby 48, LQPV 0

The Canby Lancers ran past the Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles at Canby.

The Landers are now 4-2 and the season. LQPV drops to 0-6.

LQPV plays at 7 p.m. Thursday against Lakeview in Cottonwood.

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