Area Football Wrap: Pine Island pulls off fourth straight win

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With a 1-yard touchdown run by Keegan Majerus with 5 minutes, 20 seconds left to play, Pine Island cemented its fourth straight victory on Friday night, beating Southeast Red District foe Plainview-Elgin-Millville 21-14.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs were able to take a 3-0 lead after a Cody Shones 20-yard field goal. The Panthers responded at 8:25 of the second quarter when Majerus hit Logan Andrist for a 26-yard touchdown to put Pine Island ahead 7-3 at halftime.

Early in the second half, Shones hit a 25-yard field goal that cut PEM's deficit to one. Then the Panthers rattled off two straight scores as Josh Navratil ran a score in from 4 yards out with 12 seconds left in the third. Then, Majerus' 1-yard plunge put the game away for good. The Bulldogs added a late score with Jake Stamschror reaching the end zone on a 26-yard run with 3:53 to play but were unable to complete the comeback.

Navratil led Pine Island's offense with 183 yards on 21 carries. Majerus was 5 of 14 passing for 44 yards while Navratil also completed one pass for 33 yards. Owen Allen was the team's top receiver with 42 yards on three catches. Austin Keller led the team with nine tackles, and Adam Gillard had six tackles and a pair of sacks.

The Panthers (4-2, 3-1 Red) will try to keep its win streak going in Week 7 against ninth-ranked (Class 4A) Kasson-Mantorville.

Z-M 22, St. Charles 20

Trailing by four with six seconds left to play, Caden Steffen plunged into the end zone on a 1-yard run that put Zumbrota-Mazeppa over St. Charles for a 22-20 Southeast White District victory on Friday.

With 1:58 left to play, the Saints looked like they would leave with a win after Nolan Boice hit Keagan Maloney for a 25-yard touchdown pass, putting St. Charles ahead 20-16. In the first half, the Saints held a 12-0 lead after a 1-yard Parker Wendt run and a 6-yard Sam Holtz touchdown run.

Steffen, who ran 15 times for 52 yards, accounted for all three of the Cougars' touchdowns. The first came from 4 yards out in the second quarter. Then, after trailing 12-8 at halftime, Steffen crossed the goal line again at 5:30 of the third quarter on a 10-yard run.

Jacob Bennett was Z-M's top rusher with 128 yards on 19 attempts. Quarterback Isaiah Nolte finished 3-for-5 for 29 yards and an interception, with Jacob Niebuhr catching all three of those passes. Jarret Haglund had a team-high eight tackles, and Tyler Grudem had an interception and recovered a fumble in the Cougars' victory.

Z-M (2-4, 2-3 White) returns home for Week 7 against Dover-Eyota.

Byron 20, Lake City 12

Byron used a stout defense and a time-killing offense to take out Lake City on Friday, 20-12.

The Tigers led 12-6 at halftime, but were held to 72 yards of offense in the second half while being held scoreless over the final 16 minutes, 26 seconds of the game.

With about four minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Byron stopped Lake City on the Bears' 29-yard line, and ran out the clock for the win.

Parker Schurhammer, who had 220 yards on 20 carries, got the game's first points on an 83-yard run at 4:25 of the first quarter. Byron's Ben Stienessen tied the game with the final play of the first quarter on a 17-yard run.

Schurhammer then scored on an 18-yard scamper in the second quarter.

The Bears' Mike Coble evened things up at 1:41 of the third with a 2-yard score, followed by Justin Nipper's 39-yard touchdown reception from Stienessen with 8:49 left in the game.

Lake City quarterback Riley Borgschatz finished 2-for-9 for 15 yards and an interception.

Coble hit 9 of 13 passes for 141 yards, with Bjorn Knutson grabbing four of those for 85 yards.

Lake City (0-6) will head to La Crescent in Week 6 for a game between two teams without a win. The Lancers fell to 0-6 after Friday's 14-0 loss to Stewartville.

Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 6, K-W 0

After starting the season 3-1, Kenyon-Wanamingo took its second straight loss on Friday, dropping a Mid-Southeast West District game to Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 6-0 in Kenyon.

Statistics were not available at press time. Check www.republican-eagle.com later for full details.

The Knights (3-3, 3-2 West) travel to St. Clair next week.

LeRoy-Ostrander 14, Randolph 6

Randolph suffered its third straight loss on Friday, dropping a 9-man South East District road game to LeRoy-Ostrander, 14-6.

The Rockets' lone score came at the 7-minute, 16-second mark of the second quarter when quarterback Andrew Wenstrom found Joey Erickson for a 32-yard touchdown pass. The score remained tied at 6-6 after three quarters before Wenstrom was brought down for a safety with 3:44 to play. The Cardinals added one more score with 1:12 to go to put the game away.

Full statistics were not available at press time.

Randolph (3-3, 2-3 East) will try to get back into the win column in Week 7 at home against Mabel-Canton.

Triton at Cannon Falls, ppd.

Due to the threat of thunderstorms in the area, Cannon Falls postponed its homecoming game against Triton back a day.

The Bombers (2-3) will make up the game with the sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Cobras (4-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday at John Burch Park.