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Area Football Wrap: Bombers secure first win at St. Charles

Cannon Falls got into the win column on Friday, and handed St. Charles its first loss of 2017 in the process, with a definitive 28-6 decision over the host Saints.

Logan Hofstedt had 96 yards on 19 carries for the Bombers, including touchdown runs of 5, 4 and 13 yards. Hofstedt's first score came with 21 seconds left in the first quarter, staking Cannon Falls to a 6-0 lead. Hayden Strain put the Bombers up by 14 with a 5-yard rush and the ensuing two-point conversion.

St. Charles' only points came on the ensuing kickoff when Sam Holtz returned the kick 82 yards for a touchdown.

In the second half, Hofstedt scored at the 2:04 mark of the third quarter, and again at 5:03 of the fourth. Gage Hildebrandt had a two-point conversion in the third.

Strain led Cannon Falls with 111 rushing yards on 14 carries, while quarterback Chase Reber went 0-for-3 with an interception.

Brodie Hansen and Jack Dommeyer each had a defensive interception for the Bombers, and Hofstedt had a fumble recovery, a sack and a team-high 10 tackles. The Bombers allowed 124 total yards, and just 22 yards through the air, while compiling 343 yards of their own.

Cannon Falls (1-3) hosts Dover-Eyota in Week 4.

Randolph 34, Lyle-Pacelli 30

Trailing 24-20 midway through the third quarter, the quarterback-to-receiver duo of Andrew Wenstrom and Joey Erickson put up two key second-half touchdowns to vault Randolph to a 34-30 9-Man South-East District win Friday versus Lyle-Pacelli in Austin.

Wenstrom, who was 14 of 22 for 143 yards passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions, hit Erickson for a 23-yard touchdown pass on 4th-and-20 to put the Rockets ahead 24-20 with 3 minutes, 53 seconds left in the third quarter. Then with 9:16 to play, Wenstrom and Erickson connected again on a 14-yard fade for a score that put Randolph ahead for good. Erickson had nine catches for 103 yards, and Wenstrom had another touchdown pass from 4 yards out to Carsyn Gunderson in the second quarter.

Wenstrom was also Randolph's top weapon in the ground game with 13 carries for 193 yards and touchdown runs of 43 and 34 yards out.

Tonight was a hard-fought win," said Randolph head coach Mike Schmidt. "It wasn't pretty but in the end we made enough plays to get the job done."

Next Friday, the Rockets (3-0) will host third-ranked (9-man) Spring Grove.

Caledonia 42, Z-M 6

Owen King scored five touchdowns on Friday, leading Caledonia to a 42-6 victory over visiting Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

The Warriors' senior quarterback had four passing touchdowns, and added on more on the ground. Jack Beardmore had Caledonia's other touchdown.

Isaiah Nolte and Jacob Niebuhr connected for a 26-yard touchdown pass for the Cougars' only points of the game.

Individual statistics were not available by press time.

Z-M (0-3) hosts Chatfield on Friday.

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