Football roundup: Willmar piles up the points on Big Lake

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Sep. 17—BIG LAKE — The Willmar football team made quick work of Big Lake in the first road contest of the season.

The Cardinals put up 34 points in the first quarter en route to a 50-16 North Central White District win over Big Lake on Friday.

"It was nice to be able to execute some things on offense," said Willmar head coach Jon Konold. "We didn't throw the ball a ton but we were able to execute the passing routes we wanted and got a chance to settle in. And we were able to get the run game going. We wanted to just be efficient and be able to execute."

The first play from scrimmage resulted in a score for the Cardinals. Sophomore defensive back Ethan Swierenga jumped a curl route for an interception and ran 35 yards for a pick-six. It was the third INT return for a touchdown this season for Willmar.

"From that point, the defense outscored our offense 3-2 this year," Konold joked.

Junior running back Ramero Trevino had four touchdown runs of 5, 21, 6 and 5 yards. He finished the game with 114 yards on 16 attempts.

"He definitely played a lot better," Konold said of Trevino. "He was pretty timid in Week 1, then last week he showed some good strides and better vision. This week, he kind of became the running back we thought he'd be on Week 1. It's good that he's getting better each week."

Willmar also got a special teams touchdown courtesy of Carter Dirkes. After a blocked punt, Dirkes picked up the ball and ran it in for a 3-yard score.

The Cardinals had a 40-0 halftime lead, giving the JV players some extended time. One of the young standouts was sophomore kicker Ezra May. Filling in after a first-quarter injury to Jacob Streed, May booted four extra points and hit a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

"We've been working with Ezra all week with the varsity to get in," Konold said. "He performed really well and hits the ball really nicely. And he's only a 10th-grader."

The Cardinals are back on the road next Friday to take on Sartell. The Sabres are 1-3 after a 34-14 loss to Brainerd on Friday.

Big Lake (0-3) 0 0 8 8 — 16

Willmar (2-1) 34 6 0 10 — 50

Scoring Plays

W — Ethan Swierenga 35 interception return (Jacob Streed kick)

W — Cullen Gregory 5 run (kick blocked)

W — Ramero Trevino 5 run (Ezra May kick)

W — Carter Dirkes 3 punt return (May kick)

W — Trevino 21 run (May kick)

W — Trevino 6 run (kick failed)

BL — Jonah Mallberg 76 run (run good)

BL — Mallberg 24 pass from Dashawn Harris (pass good)

W — Trevino 5 run (May kick)W — May 35 field goal

Willmar

First downs: 18 ... Penalties: 6-40 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Ramero Trevino 16-114, Cullen Gregory 9-75, Conlan Carlson 5-33, Sawyer Swanson 2-5, Jackson Schnichels 10-(-12). 42-215 ... Passing (Individual and team): Gregory 8-15-0 94, Schnichels 3-11-0 53. 11-26-0 147 ... Receiving: Jacob Streed 2-19, Sam Raitz 3-26, Dylan Staska 2-18, Tyler Evans 1-12, Carlson 1-13, Evan Burgess 1-22, Matthew Cayler 1-8 ... Interceptions: Swierenga 1, Raitz 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Mattix Swanson 2, Jaxxon Sjoberg 1, Marlon Fernandez-Munoz 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): M. Swanson 6-2, Sjoberg 5-0, Fernandez-Munoz 5-2, Staska 4-0 ... QB sacks: Fernandez-Munoz 2, Mohamed Khalif 1

Big Lake

First downs: 4 ... Penalties: 2-20 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Carson Gellerman 4-(-1), Nolan Miller 2-3, Jonah Mallberg 3-78, Wuoson Nehwah 9-8, Reid Josewski 6-18, Braedyn Wemple 1-1, Charles Pishney 1-1, Dashawn Harris 1-(-3), Gauge Hoffman 1-(-5). 27-116 ... Passing (Individual and team): Gellerman 2-15-2 14, Harris 3-3-0 50. 5-18-2 64 ... Receiving: Mallberg 3-45, Miller 1-6, Jose Acuna 1-13 ... Interceptions: none ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): n/a ... QB sacks: n/a

Dawson-Boyd piled up 288 yards rushing on 31 carries and passed for 107 more in its defeat of Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

YME led 20-14 after the first quarter.

The Blackjacks led 28-20 at halftime, then out-scored the Sting 24-6 in the second half.

Owen Cherveny had a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for YME. He also led the Sting in tackles, with six solo and one assisted.

Dawson-Boyd plays Lac qui Parle Valley at 7 p.m. Friday at Dawson. YME plays Canby at 7 p.m. Friday at Granite Falls.

DB (2-1) 14 14 8 16 — 52

YME (1-2) 20 0 6 0 — 26

Scoring Plays

YME — Nolan Hildahl 1 run (kick failed)

DB — 24 run (two-point conversion failed)

YME — Owen Cherveny 78 kickoff return (Cody Dahlager run)

DB — 73 run (two-point conversion)YME — C. Dahlager 1 run (kick failed)

DB — 43 pass (two-point conversion failed)

DB — 65 punt return (two-point conversion)

DB — 2 run (two-point conversion)

YME — Adam Stengel 11 pass from C. Dahlager (two-point conversion failed)

DB — 52 run (two-point conversion)

DB — 51 pass (two-point conversion)

DB

First downs: 14 ... Penalties: 3-10 ... Rushing (Individual and team): 31-288 ... Passing (Individual and team): 3-4-0 107 ... Receiving (Individual and team): n/a ... Interceptions: n/a ... Fumble recoveries: n/a ... Tackles (solo-assist): n/a ... QB sacks: n/a

YME

First downs: 12 ... Penalties: 2-10 ... Rushing (Individual and team): C. Dahlager 16-108, Hildahl 12-47, Brady Dahlager 7-18, Moises Hidalgo 2-3, Hayden Kuehn 1-2. Total: 39-288 ... Passing (Individual and team): C. Dahlager 5-12-1 67 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Hildahl 3-18, Tarrick Rupp 1-38, Stengel 1-11 ... Interceptions: none ... Fumble recoveries: Owen Torvik 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Cherveny 6-1, Hildahl 3-0 ... QB sacks: n/a

Lakeview held a 54-8 lead at halftime on the way to a Southwest West District victory against MACCRAY at Cottonwood.

Clayton Kosel led the Lakers with 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Gregory Schafer scored two TDs rushing and two on punt returns.

The Wolverines' Michael Thein had 113 passing yards, 106 rushing yards and two total touchdowns in the loss.

MACCRAY heads back to Maynard next Friday to host Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.

MACCRAY (1-2) 0 8 12 8 — 28

Lakeview (3-0) 25 29 7 6 — 67

Scoring Plays

L — Nathan Fenske 49 pass from Owen Louwagie (kick failed)

L — Clayton Kosel 8 run (pass failed)

L — Ethan Staab 54 punt return (Juan Espinoza kick)

L — Fenske 49 pass from Louwagie (kick failed)

L — Gregory Schafer 23 run (Fenske run)

L — Kosel 7 run (Espinoza kick)

L — Schafer 16 run (Espinoza kick)

M — Michael Thein 74 run (Xavier Noble run)

L — Justin Timm 1 run (Matheus Olsson kick)

L — Schafer 57 punt return (Olsson kick)

M — Sebastian Cisneros 30 run (pass failed)

M — Brady Heiling 1 run (pass failed)

L — Tavien Isaackson 6 run (PAT failed)

M — Blake Grimsley 8 pass from Thein (2pt good)

MACCRAY

First downs: 16 ... Penalties: 2-20 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Michael Thein 8-106, Brady Heiling 5-4, Wyatt Swenson 7-59, Sebastian Cisneros 16-61. 37-219. ... Passing (Individual and team): Thein 9-27-1 113 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Isaac Post 3-43, Dylan Hardebeck 2-51, Blake Grimsley 2-15, Cisneros 2-4 ... Interceptions: none ... Fumble recoveries: 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Willie Miller 4-1, Heiling 2-3, Andre Gates 2-3 ... QB sacks: none

Lakeview

First downs: 20 ... Penalties: 3-22 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Owen Louwagie 1-11, Tavien Isaackson 2-12, Justin Timm 3-11, Gregory Schafer 5-50, Clayton Kosel 6-136, Kyle Kurowski 6-38, William Myers 1-(-5), Ethan Staab 1-3. 25-256 ... Passing (Individual and team): Louwagie 7-13-0 185, Isaackson 0-2-0 0. 7-15-0 185 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Nathan Fenske 4-121, Mitchell Peltier 1-47, Schafer 1-16, Timm 1-1. 7-185 ... Interceptions: Staab 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Issackson 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): n/a ... QB sacks: 2

Top-ranked (Class A) Minneota outgained Lac qui Parle Valley 557-58 on the way to a victory at Madison.

The Eagles travel to Dawson-Boyd next Friday.

Minneota (3-0) 28 20 13 7 — 68

LQPV (0-3) 0 0 0 0 — 0

RCW defeated RRC in overtime to remain undefeated and extend its winning streak to four games at Danube.

RRC tied the game late at 13-13 to send the game to overtime before RCW senior quarterback AJ Gasca threw his second touchdown pass of the night, a 15-yard pass, to senior wide receiver Isaac Haen to secure the victory.

The Jaguars carried the ball 52 times for 198 yards in the win. Junior running back Jasen Jansen tallied 94 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.

RCW has a bye-week next week. The Jaguars next game will take place in two weeks at home in Danube against Hills-Beaver Creek.

RRC (2-1) 0 0 7 6 0 — 13

RCW (4-0) 7 6 0 0 6 — 19

Scoring Plays

RCW — Isaac Haen 5 pass from AJ Gasca (Eddie Morales kick)

RCW — Jasen Jansen 1 run (kick failed)

RRC — Vander Mathiowetz 5 pass from Isaac Simonson (Quintyn Vold kick)

RRC — Mathiowetz 4 pass from Simonson (kick blocked)

RCW — Haen 15 pass from Gasca

RRC

First downs: 8 ... Penalties: 3-15 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Carter Therkilsen 17-92, Jacob Amsden 4-5, Quintyn Vold 1-2, Jake Jackson 3-1. 25-100 ... Passing (Individual and team): Isaac Simonson 10-22-131 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Vander Mathiowetz 3-82, Vold 4-34, Tyler Therkilsen 1-9, Carter Therkilsen 1-3, Keaton Skarupa 1-3. 10-131 ... Interceptions: 0 ... Fumble recoveries: 0 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Skarupa 12, Amsden 10, Jackson 7, Ashton Juhnke 7, Blake Paplow 9, Vold 7, Jackson 7 ... QB sacks: 0

RCW

First downs: 18 ... Penalties: 5-45 ... Rushing (Individual and team): . Jasen Jansen 25-94, AJ Gasca 17-75, Isaac Haen 4-18, Javin Mungai 3-8, Jack Wertish 2-6. 52-198 ... Passing (Individual and team): AJ Gasca 10-15-90 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Haen 7-65, Wertish 1-16, Jansen 1-5, Adam Schrupp 1-4. 10-90 ... Interceptions: 0 ... Fumble recoveries: 0 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Jansen 8, Wertish 7, Haen 6, Hunter Ridler 6, Noah Gullickson 6, Luki Hale 5 ... QB sacks: 0