MINNEOTA- The Minneota Vikings (1-0) started off the 2014 Football season with a big win over the Lakeview Lakers (0-1) 63-6.
To start the game, the Lakers kicked an onside kick and recovered it, catching the Vikings off guard. The Lakers couldn't move the ball, going three and out, and was forced to punt. On the punt, Minneota's Alec Engler returned the punt 80 yards, but the play was called back due to a block in the back penalty. That didn't stop the Vikings offense, Minneota drove the ball down, capping a long drive with a 34 yard touchdown pass from Engler to Junior Fullback Garrett Hennen with 8:09 left in the first quarter.
Later in the quarter after a few more penalties, the Vikings scored two more times. Dylan Tolk caught a 24 yard touchdown from Alex Pohlen with 3:15 left and a powerful run by Hennen with :13 left.
Photo by Gary Kaczmarek
Minneota’s Dylan Tolk steamrolls a Lakeview defender on the way to the endzone for a touchdown during a 63-6 victory for the Vikings. Tolk scored one touchdown in the game, but the Vikings amassed 215 rushing yards as a team and averaged 4.5 yards per carry.
The Lakers received the ball to start the second, but couldn't move the ball. Junior quarterback Seth Goepferich was rushed all night on his passes. After a punt, the Vikings marched down the field and capitalized on four yard touchdown pass from Pohlen to Collin Kor with 7:29 left in the half. After a 34 yard interception return by Hennen to the six yard line, Hennen finished the scoring drive himself for the Vikings with a 6 yard run for a 35-0 lead with 6:30 to go in the half.
The one bright spot for the Lakers came with 5:57 left in the half, standing with his 6'8" shadow in his own end zone, Goepferich used a misdirection play to run 86 yards for Lakeview's only score.
The halftime score was 35-6.
Lakers received the ball to start the second half, but fumbled on the 18 yard line. Engler made the pay on the next play, carrying the ball 23 yards for the touchdown. Next Laker possession was more of the same Goepferich threw an interception to Nicholas Esping, who ran it back to the 15. Hennen made them pay, once again, a few plays later trotting in for a 15 yard touchdown with 8:26 left in the third quarter.
The Vikings ran in two more touchdowns, one by Cole Hennen and one by Lenny Moser. Making the score 63-6.
By the fourth quarter, both teams had there younger players in and both defenses tightened up, there was no scoring.
Minneota coach Chad Johnston liked, for the most part what he saw.
"We saw a lot of kids do a lot of good things out there." Said Johnston, "Kids ran hard and hit hard all game. Defensively we played physical, that was a good thing."
But early in the season, there was bound to be mistakes. Johnston continued, "We had a lot of mental mistakes, we need to clean that up."
Laker coach John Sterner felt his team learned a lot from playing the Vikings.
Sterner said, "we faced a top, state worthy team that practices and plays at a different level. We are going to try to learn from them and get up to their speed."
Sterner thinks the Lakers can get back on track if the fix a few things.
"We just need to play at a higher tempo." stated Sterner, "We do that and play more disciplined we will be fine."
Minneota travels to Lac qui Parle Valley and Lakeview hosts RTR on 9/5.
Cleveland 27, WWG 20
CLEVELAND - Tied at 12 through three quarters, Westbrook-Walnut Grove couldn't come out ahead, losing their opener 27-20 to Cleveland.
Mitchell Jarmer led the Chargers on the ground with 103 yards on 20 carries, scoring three touchdowns.
Jarmer also led WWG defensively with 10 tackles. Tristan Joel added five tackles and an interception.
Joel completed 11-of-16 passes for 174 yards in the loss.
The Chargers will face Alden-Conger in their home opener on September 5th.
WWG: 6-yard run by Mitchell Jarmer (Two-point conversion no good)
WWG: 8-yard run by Mitchell Jarmer (Two-point conversion no good)
WWG: 6-yard run by Mitchell Jarmer (Two-point conversion good)
WWG Rushing: Mitchell Jarmer 20-103, Anthony Koch 13-75.
WWG Passing: Tristan Joel 11-16-174-0-1.
WWG Tackles: Mitchell Jarmer 10, Anthony Koch 6, Tristan Joel 5.
WWG Interceptions: Joel 1.
MAYNARD - Brett Swenhaugen threw four touchdowns and ran for two more as Tracy-Milroy-Balaton won big at MACCRAY 40-7 on Thursday night.
The Panthers scored all 40 of their points before the Wolverines got on the scoreboard.
The scoring kicked off in the first quarter when Swenhaugen connected with Spencer Smith on a 29-yard TD pass. The Panthers converted the two-point conversion for the 8-0 lead.
Swenhaugen scored his next touchdown on the ground from 71 yards out. A failed two-point conversion made it 14-0 after one quarter.
Swenhaugen connected with Josh Kirk on a 14-yard TD pass in the second quarter to make the halftime score 22-0.
Swenhaugen threw two more TD passes to Kirk in the thrd quarter. The first from 12 yards out and the second an 8-yard completion. Between the two passing TDs was a rushing touchdown by Swenhaugen from 15 yards out. All three two-point conversions failed.
The Wolverines finally got on the board in the fourth quarter on a 62-yard pass from Connor Cronen to Brady Madsen.
The Panthers (1-0) will travel to Adrian to face the Dragons on Sept. 5th.
TMB 40, MACCRAY 7
TMB: 29-yard pass from Brett Swenhaugen to Spencer Smith. (Two-point conversion good)
TMB: 71-yard Brett Swenhaugen run. (Two-point conversion no good)
TMB: 14-yard pass from Brett Swenhaugen to Josh Kirk. (Two-point conversion good)
TMB: 12-yard pass from Brett Swenhaugen to Josh Kirk (Two-point conversion no good).
TMB: 15-yard Brett Swenhaugen run. (Two-point conversion no good)
TMB: 8-yard pass from Brett Swenhaugen to Josh Kirk. (Two-point conversion no good)
M: 62-yard pass from Connor Cronen to Brady Madsen. (PAT good)