Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 34, Paynesville Area 30
PAYNESVILLE – Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta built up a 28-point lead midway through the third quarter and held on for a 34-30 victory over Paynesville in a battle of unbeatens on Friday.
After falling behind 6-0 early, the Tigers scored 34 unanswered points, but had to hold off a Bulldogs fourth quarter rally for the win.
Zach Bruns ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns, including a 77-yarder for the Tigers. Bruns threw a touchdown to Kenny Soderberg for the Tigers final score.
Durgin Decker carried 22 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers ran for 309 yards as a team and improved to 4-0.
Grayson Fuchs was 13-31 for 165 yards passing and a touchdown for Paynesville. Grant Ruchti caught four passes for 105 yards as the Bulldogs fall to 3-1.
Hancock 50, Rothsay 0
ROTHSAY – Preston Rohloff threw four touchdowns and Hancock’s defense held Rothsay to 107 yards of offense in a 50-0 rout on Friday.
Rohloff was 14-25 for 251 yards and hit Brandon Kellenberger for two touchdowns, Luke Joos and Matt Thompson each hauled in touchdown as the Owls move to 4-0 on the season.
Isaac Nienhaus and Davin Rose each ran for a touchdown, Devon Schroeder added a 25-yard pick-six for the Owls.
Joos finished with five catches for 82 yards, Thompson had four for 78 and Kellenberger had five grabs for 75 yards.
With the loss the Tigers are 1-3.
Brandon-Evansville 22, Ortonville 6
EVANSVILLE – Kobe Reiland ran for one touchdown and threw for another, Tyler Bitzan’s 23-yard rushing touchdown capped a 22-6 victory for Brandon-Evansville on Friday against Ortonville.
The Trojans opened the scoring in the second quarter when Devan Boots hit Daunte Fetters for a 10-yard touchdown.
The Chargers answered when Reiland scored on a one-yard plunge with 30 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Chargers went into the fourth with an 8-6 lead before Reiland connected with Xavier Grussing on a five-yard score. Bitzan’s touchdown run sealed the win.
Bitzan ran for 163 yards on 23 carries, Cade Carlson added 112 yards rushing on 18 carries, and Mike Cochran anchored the defense with 10.5 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, and 1.5 sacks for the Chargers who are 3-1.
The Trojans were held to 240 yards of total offense, Fetters had seven catches for 61 yards, Boots threw for 102 on 9-13 passing as they fall to 2-2.
Lac qui Parle Valley 20, Wheaton/Herman-Norcros 14
MADISON – Wheaton/Herman-Norcross moved up to 11-man football on Friday when they faced Lac qui Parle Valley, falling to the Eagles 20-14.
The Warriors matched the Eagles nearly yard-for-yard but again were done in by turnovers. The Warriors turned the ball over four times while forcing none on defense.
Zach Braaten threw for 105 yards on 8-22 passing with a touchdown and interception. His 22-yard strike to Andrew Walker in the second quarter tied the game at six, the Eagles would answer with a touchdown pass of their own and take a 13-6 lead into halftime.
The Warriors wouldn’t score again until Braaten’s two yard run late in the fourth but it wasn’t enough as the WHN falls to 1-3.
Braaten ran for 66 yards on seven carries, Grant Dawson caught four passes for 54 yards, Tim Blume led the defense with six tackles and a sack.
Blackduck 48, Hillcrest Lutheran 14
Verndale 42, Bertha-Hewitt 8
Pierz 14, Minnewaska 6
Barnesville 41, West Central Area/Ashby 0
Ada-Borup 34, Underwood 8
BOLD 35, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 21
Benson 45, Browerville/Eagle Valley 6
Bigfork 56, Sebeka 14
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 12, Upsala/Swanville 8
Kimball 26, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 14
Melrose 40, Sauk Centre 21
Osakis 49, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0
Pelican Rapids 54, Wadena-Deer Creek 20
Pillager 30, Crookston 6
Minnewaska Area 3, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta
GLENWOOD – Minnewaska Area earned a sweep of Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta on Friday 25-23, 25-21-25-23.
The two teams played close in each set but it was the Lakers each time coming up with the plays in big moments.
Brecklyn Beyer led the Lakers with 12 kills, Kristin Glover added 10. Avery Hoeper had 23 digs, Avery Fier and Glover each had 12, Haley Shea tallied 13 assists.
For the Tigers Sophia Carlsen had 11 kills, LaRae Kramm tallied 14 assists. The Tigers are 2-4, the Lakers move to 3-3.