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Area Football Wrap: Cannon Falls makes a stand, tops Z-M

In a game that featured 64 total points, it was the Cannon Falls defense that came up with the game's biggest play.

After Zumbrota-Mazeppa scored on Caden Steffen's 1-yard run with 3 minutes, 55 seconds left on the clock, the Cougars needed a two-point conversion to tie the Bombers.

But Isaiah Nolte's rushing attempt was stopped, and Cannon Falls held on for a 34-32 victory.

Z-M opened the scoring on Nolte's 65-yard pass to Jacob Niebuhr in the first quarter. Cannon Falls answered with Logan Hofstedt, who ran in from 29-yards out. Jacob Bennett extended the advantage to 13-6 on a 55-yard run.

Hayden Strain responded for the Bombers early in the second quarter on an 8-yard rush, and Chase Reber's pass to Marcus Banks put Cannon Falls up, 14-13. Then, Gage Hildebrandt scored from 4 yards out to put the Bombers up 20-13 at halftime.

Bennett's second touchdown came after the break, on a 12-yard run that, after the point-after, tied the game, 20-20.

Bennett scored again after a Cannon Falls touchdown, but Hildebrandt made it an eight-point game with a 7-yard run. Cannon Falls recovered the Cougars' onside-kick attempt to run out the clock.

Nolte finished 7 of 16 for 122 yards, while Bennett chewed up 216 yards on 25 carries.

Reber had 87 yards on seven rushes, with Hofstedt adding 70 on 11, and Hildebrandt 48 on 14.

In Week 6, Z-M (1-4) heads to St. Charles (3-2), which is fresh off a 26-19 win over Lewiston-Altura, while Cannon Falls (2-3) heads to Dodge Center to face Triton, 63-20 victors over Dover-Eyota on Friday.

Pine Island 49, La Crescent 12

Josh Navratil scored the first three touchdowns of the game to lead Pine Island to a 49-12 rout of La Crescent on Friday.

Navratil scored on runs of 43 and 37 yards in the first quarter, then again from 1-yard out in the second on his way to 156 yards on the ground on just 15 carries. Navratil also scored the fourth touchdown of the contest on a 34-yard reception from Keegan Majerus 1 minute, 17 seconds before halftime.

The Lancers scored with 1:26 left in the third on a Zach Todd pass to Romy Whitford, but the Panthers answered with a 10-yard Majerus pass to Logan Andrist to take a 34-6 lead.

Todd got his second scoring pass of the game with 10:17 to play when Thomas Kiesau covered 14 yards for the score.

Owen Allen got in on Pine Island's scoring with a 10-yard reception from Majerus before Travis Eitel closed the books with a 5-yard run for the Panthers.

Pine Island finished with a 531-273 advantage in total yards, including Majerus' passing line of 17 of 23 for 306 yards. Navratil had 116 yards on five receptions, with Andrist also crossing the century mark with four catches for 106 yards. Allen had 53 yards on five receptions.

The Panthers (3-2) head to Plainview-Elgin-Millville (1-4) in Week 6. The Bulldogs are coming off Friday's 17-7 win over Lake City.

PEM 17, Lake City 7

Plainview-Elgin-Millville piled up 278 yards on the ground in a 17-7 victory over Lake City on Friday.

Carter Marx had 126 rushing yards for the Bulldogs, including a 46-yard run for the final score with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

That touchdown came after PEM fumbled the kickoff after Parker Schurhammer caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Riley Borgschatz with 7:00 on the clock. That pulled the Tigers within 10-7, but Lake City fumbled with 4:23 to go, and the Bulldogs converted a 4th-and-2 on Marx's touchdown.

Schurhammer had 83 yards on the ground, and 74 receiving for the Tigers, while Borgschatz finished 7 of 24 for 105 yards.

PEM got a 21-yard field goal from Cody Shones late in the second quarter for a 3-0 halftime lead. Eddy Martinez, who finished with 71 yards rushing, had a 6-yard run in the third quarter.

Lake City (0-5) hosts Byron (2-3) in Week 6. The Bears lost to Rochester Lourdes, 21-20, on Friday.

Mayer Lutheran 42, K-W 14

Ninth-ranked (Class 1A) Mayer Lutheran led 35-7 at halftime, and kept its distance from Kenyon-Wanamingo in the second half for a 42-14 victory over the Knights on Friday.

Individual statistics were not available at press time.

K-W (3-2) hosts Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity in Week 6. The Bulldogs beat Medford, 32-22, on Friday.

Houston 56, Randolph 8

Andrew Wenstrom hit Carsyn Gunderson for a 16-yard touchdown, but that was all the scoring Randolph could muster in a 56-8 loss to Houston on Friday.

The No. 3-ranked Hurricanes led 20-8 at halftime, then put the game away in the second half with 36 unanswered points.

Individual statistics were not available at press time.

The Rockets (3-2) make the long road trip to LeRoy-Ostrander in Week 6. The Cardinals lost 47-8 to No. 9 Grand Meadow on Friday.

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