Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director
Minnewaska Area 7, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 6
MORRIS – Ryan Amundson’s one-yard touchdown plunge late in the fourth quarter helped Minnewaska hand Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta their first loss of the year 7-6 on Friday from Big Cat Stadium.
The Lakers trailed 6-0 since early in the game when the Tigers Camden Arndt ran for a 62-yard touchdown, but Eli Gove’s PAT was blocked.
A defensive struggle ensued with the teams combining for seven turnovers and under 400 yards of total offense.
Amundson finally broke though with three minutes remaining, and Drew Nelson’s PAT was good for 7-6 lead. Amundson finished 8-18 for 108 yards with an interception, but the Lakers were held to just 86 yards rushing.
Arndt led the Tigers with 127 yards on 29 carries, but contributed to three Tiger turnovers with a fumble. Jaret Johnson was just 2-6 for 17 yards passing with an interception, and the Tigers fall to 4-1, while the Lakers improve to 3-2.
Hancock 20, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 7
WHEATON – Hancock’s defense turned in a dominant performance and the Owls upset 10th-ranked Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 20-7 in Wheaton.
The Owls defensive line provided constant backfield pressure, holding the Warriors to just 59 yards rushing, and was highlighted by Tory Schmidgall’s blindside hit on Warriors quarterback Nelson Schmidt, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Peyton Rohloff.
The Hancock offense turned that into points on Tyler Timmerman’s nine-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead.
Timmerman scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter, including taking a screen pass 79-yards to the house, finishing with 178 yards of total offense. Preston Rohloff was 7-15 for 137 yards and a score, Gideon Joos added 65 yards rushing.
Harrison Zeltwanger recorded two of the Owls three sacks and they move to 4-1 on the season.
Hunter Johnson had nine catches for 75 yards, Schmidt finished 15-29 for 120 yards. Spencer Ellison recorded eight tackles as the Warriors fall to 4-1.
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 32, Brandon-Evansville 26
GRACEVILLE – Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley earned their first win of the year by shocking Brandon-Evansville 32-26 in Graceville.
The game was full of punches and counter-punches, with the Chargers striking first on Keagan Schiele’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Marshall Riedel, the first of two scoring hookups between the two.
The Wolverines answered with 16 straight points, including a 41-yard touchdown strike by Sam Adelman to Isaac Haanen.
CGB took a 16-12 lead into halftime, only to watch the Chargers outscore them 14-0 in third quarter, highlighted by Riedel’s 46-yard touchdown run.
But again, the Wolverines responded with a pair of fourth quarter scores, taking the lead on Adelman’s eight-yard toss to Dylan Finburg with 1:48 remaining.
Adelman then picked off Schiele on the ensuing drive. But the Chargers forced a three-and-out to get the ball back with 49 seconds left, driving ball to the Wolverines 28. Schiele’s heave to the end zone as time expired fell incomplete.
Adelman finished 10-18 for 115 yards and two touchdowns, running for another 84 yards and a score. The heavy lifting was done by Nate Moberg, who had 108 yards on 29 carries to go with five tackles on defense. The Wolverines are now 1-4.
Riedel accounted for 160 yards of total offense and three touchdowns, Sam Fuller caught five passes for 108 yards with a touchdown, and Schiele finished 14-29 for 200 yards, three scores and a pick. The Chargers are 2-3.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 41, Montevideo 20
BOLD 78, Benson 8
Bertha-Hewitt 36, Park Christian (Moorhead) 6
Minneota 53, Ortonville 27
Osakis 33, Sauk Centre 32
Parkers Prairie 36, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 0
Pelican Rapids 12, Wadena-Deer Creek 6
Pillager 28, West Central/Ashby 8
St. Cloud Tech 21, Alexandria 14
Staples-Motley 34, United North Central 14
Underwood 60, Hillcrest Lutheran 7
Verndale 60, Rothsay 14