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Area Football: Goodhue scores 28 unanswered in win

Goodhue running back Bjorn Otterness takes a handoff in the first quarter of the Wildcats' home opener against Wabasha-Kellogg on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia

Goodhue scored 28 unanswered points en route to its season-opening 28-8 victory over Wabasha-Kellogg on Friday.

The Falcons forced a three-and-out in the game’s opening possession and blocked the ensuing Wildcat punt. W-K recovered the football in the end zone for the game’s first points. From there the Wildcats’ defense was stout and the offense came alive.

Sam Opsahl threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Carter Danielson on the next possession to tie the game at 8-8. Later in the first quarter, Bjorn Otterness broke free for an 85-yard touchdown run to push Goodhue’s lead to 14-8. Caleb O’Reilly capped the first-half scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run.

Opsahl concluded the game’s scoring in the third quarter by connecting with Danielson again, this time for a 19-yard touchdown.

Offensively for Goodhue, Opsahl went 3-of-9 for 39 yards and two touchdowns, and Bjorn Otterness ran for 174 yards and one touchdown. Kelby O’Reilly was the defensive anchor with 13 tackles, one tackle for a loss and one forced fumble.

Goodhue, 1-0, will travel to Cotter next Friday.

Randolph 48, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 7

Randolph had little trouble in its season opener on Friday at home, defeating Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, 48-7.

Randolph quarterback Andrew Wenstrom was a juggernaut throughout the game, going 11-of-23 for 274 yards, five touchdowns and one interception, while adding another 89 yards and touchdown on the ground. Defensively he logged 10 tackles and a forced fumble.

Wenstrom’s favorite target in the game was Carsyn Gunderson, who had five catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns. Gunderson also forced and recovered one fumble, made seven tackles and blocked one punt.

Wenstrom’s other two passing touchdowns went to Joey Erickson, whose two catches went for 80 yards. Mack Swanson was the Rockets’ leading rusher, running for 57 yards and one touchdown.

Clay Romanoski was another defensive standout for Randolph, logging three tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Randolph, 1-0, travels to Lanesboro next Friday.

Stewartville 40, Cannon Falls 26

Cannon Falls went blow-for-blow with Stewartville throughout the first half but couldn’t keep the momentum going as it fell, 40-26, at home on Friday.

Cannon Falls’ Trenton Matthies kicked the game off with a bang, taking a 60-yard run to the end zone to give the Bombers an early 6-0 lead. Stewartville answered with two touchdowns of its own to claim a 12-6 lead early in the second quarter.

The Bombers returned the favor with two touchdowns — a 6-yard run by Mason Duden and 27-yard pass from Jack Dommeyer to Nick Bultena — to reclaim a 20-12 lead just before halftime.

Stewartville wouldn’t be outdone, however, and scored one last time before the break to tie the game up.

In the second half, Stewartville put the pedal down and Cannon Falls couldn’t keep up as it was outscored 20-6 in the final two quarters.

Individually, Dommeyer went 3-of-11 for 76 yards and one touchdown, Logan Hofstedt had 127 yards rushing, Matthies had 77 yards rushing, Brodie Hansen had 52 yards rushing and Bultena caught two passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.

On defense, Duden was Cannon Falls’ tackling leader with 10, while Graham Pearson recorded one interception.

Cannon Falls, 0-1, travels to Chatfield next Friday.

Chatfield 21, Pine Island 7

After a scoreless first half, Pine Island and Chatfield found their scoring touch, however, the Panthers came in on the losing end of the battle, dropping its season opener, 21-7, on Friday.

Pine Island first broke the scoring drought in the third quarter when Carter O’Reilly threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Max Owens for a 7-0 Panthers lead.

Josh Navratil

Chatfield answered right back though with two Carson Larrabee touchdown runs of 27 and 43 yards. Chance Backer closed the game out for the Gophers with a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Pine Island struggled to get its offense going, compiling 188 yards of total offense, compared to Chatfield’s 279 yards. More concerning was the yards per play disparity — 6.2 for Chatfield, compared to just 3.2 for Pine Island.

O’Reilly went 5-of-16 for 59 yards and one touchdown, while Mason Pike also saw time under center. Pike went 5-of-8 for 27 yards.

Josh Navratil was the team leader in total yards with 101 — 85 of them coming on the ground.

Defensively, Tanner Simon recorded two sacks for Pine Island and Connor Bailey intercepted one pass.

Pine Island, 0-1, travels to Byron next Friday.

Lewiston-Altura 37, Lake City 14

Lake City opened the season on Friday by hosting Lewiston-Altura but was unable to keep up in the second half and lost, 37-14.

The two teams went back-and-forth throughout the first half with one team providing an answer whenever the other scored. Lake City opened the game’s scoring when Aidan Creeley took a 2-yard handoff into the end zone. After L-A scored two consecutive touchdowns, Reid Gastner caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Heise in the second quarter to give the Tigers a 14-12 lead.

However, the Cardinals scored another touchdown before the half to reclaim the lead, 18-14, and then went on to score 15 more points in the second half to close out the game.

L-A held the advantage in total rush yards (126-74) and pass yards (264-216).

Individual leaders for the Tigers included: Heise, 14-of-24 for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception; Brady Schuhammer with 38 rush yards; Jake Wohlers with two receptions for 68 yards; and Gastner with six catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Lake City, 0-1, will travel to Stewartville next Friday.


Z-M 13, K-M 10

Last year Zumbrota-Mazeppa started slow but finished strong, while Kasson-Mantorville only lost one game all year. This year, the Cougars have already notched a win and the KoMets a loss as Z-M defeated K-M, 13-10, on Thursday.

Parker Voth got the scoring going for the Cougars in the second quarter with a 23-yard touchdown to Zach Hutton with 10:17 remaining in the half.

K-M answered with a touchdown and field goal of its own before the break to take a 10-6 lead into halftime.

The second half was a defensive slugfest as neither team could score until Jacob Bennett broke through for the Cougars with 4:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 2-yard run.

The Cougars won the turnover battle by forcing four turnovers, while only committing one.

Voth, in his first varsity start at quarterback, went 10-of-20 for 150 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Bennett carried the ball 27 times for 87 yards and also added 66 receiving yards. Cole Peters was Voth’s favorite target as he caught five passes for 50 yards.

Defensively, Blake Stiller and Peters recorded one interception apiece.

Z-M will travel to Lewiston-Altura next Friday.

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