Area Football Wrap: Wildcats' defense shuts down Cotter

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Mason Huemann and Bjorn Otterness each scored twice to lead Goodhue to a 35-0 victory over Winona Cotter on Friday.

Huemann's 13-yard run in the first quarter opened the scoring for the Wildcats, who took a 7-0 lead. Ryan Schoenfelder doubled the lead with a 13-yard catch from Jack Gadient, and Huemann added another score before halftime on a 5-yard run.

Both of Otterness' touchdowns came in the second half, a 5-yarder in the third, and a 15-yarder in the fourth.

Huemann finished with 166 yards on 22 carries, while Otterness added 79 yards on 14 carries. Gadient connected on 8 of 13 passes for 165 yards, with his favorite target being Schoenfelder, who had five receptions for 109 yards.

Defensively, Goodhue was led Huemann's eight tackles. Kelby O'Reilly had six tackles, including a sack, and Schoenfelder had a sack and a fumble recovery.

On Friday, the Wildcats (2-0) host Kenyon-Wanamingo.

Lewiston-Altura 45, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 29

Zumbrota-Mazeppa struggled to slow down Lewiston-Altura's ground game as the Cardinals rushed for 301 yards in a 45-29 Southeast White District game Friday.

Lewiston-Altura jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead after a Dusty Knutson to Mitch Bonow 40-yard touchdown pass, followed by the defense recovering a blocked punt in the end zone.

The Cougars cut the gap to 14-7 with a 7-yard run by Jacob Bennett before Knutson and Bonow connected again for a 52-yard score. The teams traded scores again with Z-M quarterback Caden Steffen reaching the end zone on a 13-yard run, followed by a 1-yard touchdown run by Knutson that put the Cardinals ahead 27-14 at halftime.

The second half opened splendidly for Z-M as Bennett ran the kickoff back for a 78-yard touchdown. But Lewiston-Altura put the game away with three straight scores: a 67-yard Bradley Miller run, a 28-yard Knutson-to-Bonow pass and a 1-yard run from Cole Mundt. Z-M's final score came on a 17-yard pass from Parker Voth to Blake Stiller.

Miller ran for 154 yards on 15 carries while Knutson rushed 13 times for 50 yards in the win. Knutson was 6 of 9 passing for 144 yards, with Bonow grabbing four balls for 122 yards.

Steffen was 12 of 25 passing for 151 yards while also running 17 times for a Cougar-best 38 yards. Jacob Niebuhr had six catches for 50 yards, and Isaiah Nolte hauled in three balls for 58 yards in the loss.

Z-M (0-2) heads to Caledonia next week.

Chatfield 20, Cannon Falls 6

After a scoreless first quarter, Chatfield scored all 20 of its points before Cannon Falls could react as the visiting Gophers won 20-6 in Southeast White District play Friday at John Burch Park.

At the 5-minute, 22-second mark of the second quarter, Chatfield's Seth Allen punched in a 1-yard rush for a touchdown. After the break, the Gophers' defense tacked on a score after recovering a fumble in the end zone. Then with 5:23 left in the third, Chatfield added a 4-yard touchdown run to make it a 20-0 game.

The Bombers' lone score came with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter when running back Logan Hofstedt reached the end zone from six yards out. He ran for 63 yards on 18 carries.

Quarterback Chase Reber ran the ball 10 times for a team-high 74 yards while also completing 3 of 7 passes for 26 yards and an interception.

Cannon Falls (0-2) travels to St. Charles in Week 3.

Kenyon-Wanamingo 27, Medford 26

Trailing 26-20 late in the fourth quarter, Tyler Ryan found his way into the end zone to vault the Knights past the Tigers 27-26 in Mid-Southeast West District action.

Ryan, who finished with 123 yards on 23 carries, crossed the goal line with 1 minute, 36 seconds to go from 28 yards out to tie the game. A Jack Beulke kick put the Knights ahead for good.

Chatfield jumped out to a 6-0 lead when Javis VonRuden hit Alex Gengler for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Then in the second quarter, Ryan scored his first of three touchdowns from 26 yards out. VonRuden used his legs for an 8-yard touchdown to put the Tigers up before K-W tied the game up with 13 seconds left before halftime on a 1-yard Logan Quam run.

The Knights had a 20-13 edge following an 11-yard run by Beulke before Medford got two straight VonRuden passing touchdowns: 59 yards to Nate Meixner and 15 yards to Gengler.

Beulke was 10 of 21 passing for 177 yards and an interceptions, with Ryan grabbing four balls for 87 yards. Cole Johnson also had four catches for 74 yards.

Next week, K-W (2-0) will head to Goodhue.

Byron 27, Pine Island 21

Byron left the door open for Pine Island, but the Panthers could not find a way inside. The Bears took a six-point lead with just over 6 minutes to play on Friday, but kept Pine Island out of the end zone for a 27-21 victory.

Byron's Mike Coble and Ben Stienhessen connected for a 63-yard touchdown early in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. The Panthers would answer with less than a minute to play in the opening frame when Keegan Majerus hit Alec Jarosinski for a 10-yard score to tie the game.

Josh Navratil put Pine Island ahead with a 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but the Bears tied the game at 13-13 with 23 seconds left on Coble's 25-yard strike to Luke Barth.

In the third, Pine Island again jumped ahead, this time on Navratil's 46-yard touchdown. A few minutes later, Coble would also score on the ground with a 20-yard run.

The final score of the game was Stienhessen's 1-yard run, giving Byron the lead and the ability to salt away the final 6:11.

Navratil has 168 yards on 25 carries to lead all rushers, while Majerus went 9-for-13 for 91 yards. Logan Andrist had two catches for 27 yards for the Panthers, with Owen Allen and Will Warneke each making two catches for 20 yards.

Ryan Fohrman and Adam Gillard each had 4.5 tackles for Pine Island (0-2) heads to Lake City on Friday.

Stewartville 42, Lake City 15

Fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Stewartville was too tough for Lake City on Friday as the home team defended its turf with a 42-15 victory.

Stewartville opened with a 52-yard run from Kaleb Hamlin to go up 7-0. Parker Schurhammer then ran back the ensuing kickoff 92 yards, but Lake City missed the extra point and trailed by one.

Hamlin then scored on a 9-yard pass from Isaac Bussan, and Zach Trenary took a fumble 87 yards to give Stewartville a 21-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second, Stewartville piled on with a Reece Eickhoff 89-yard touchdown reception, and 70-yard score from Hamlin. Elton Meyer caught a 74-yard pass from Bussan in the third before Lake City added a safety and a fourth-quarter Aidan Creeley 2-yard score.

No individual statistics were available at press time.

Lake City (0-2) hosts Pine Island on Friday.