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Last-minute field goal gives Tigers a victory

By Post-Bulletin staff

sports@postbulletin.com

STEWARTVILLE — The Stewartville Tigers are making a habit of being dramatic.

But neither the fans nor the players seem to mind.

Again, the Tigers used a last-minute rally, this time knocking off No. 6-ranked Winona Cotter, 42-41, on Friday in a Hiawatha Valley League Showdown.

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Stewartville took advantage of a Cotter turnover in Cotter’s end of the field. The Tigers put together a drive down to the Cotter 1-yard line and Bryan Schroeder kicked an 18-yard field goal with less than 20 seconds remaining to pull out the victory.

"In the fourth quarter, it was like a tennis match," Stewartville coach Aaron Meyer said. "it was back and forth, back and forth."

Cotter built a 21-0 lead before Stewartville erupted for 19 second-quarter points. The teams traded scores for much of the rest of the game after that.

"We were really fired up," Meyer said. "We were down early and it was tough to bounce back, but once we knew we could play with these guys we had a lot of fun."

Donnie Beddow threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers, while Schroeder ran for 126 yards and a TD on 22 carries, and he caught one TD pass. Zach Tuffly led Stewartville (3-1) on the ground with 135 yards and two scores on 18 carries.

Thomas O’Brien led Cotter (3-1), throwing for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Mike Sullivan ran for a game-high 216 yards and three scores for the Ramblers.

Cotter 14 7 3 13 — 41

Stewartville 0 19 7 16 — 42

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TRITON 69, Z-M 13

Cobras cruise to win

DODGE CENTER — The defending state champs haven’t skipped a beat.

Triton dominated on both sides of the ball, improving to 4-0 with a rout of Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

Triton rolled up 573 yards of total offense, including 461 on the ground and 112 passing. Riley Kispert led the Cobras with 112 yards passing, including a 71-yard TD pass to Damon Andrews. Kispert also ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns on five carries.

Chace Sackett added 140 rushing yards and a TD on five carries, while Kevin Ramirez rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns on eight attempts.

Z-M scored all of its points in the second half and put up 231 total yards, including 190 passing.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa 0 0 7 6 — 13

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Triton 27 21 7 14 — 69

BYRON 25, CANNON 7

Yngsdal carries Bears

CANNON FALLS — Byron jumped to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Cannon Falls never threatened after that.

The Bears led 19-7 at halftime and tacked on another score in the fourth quarter.

Byron had 327 total yards, including 268 on the ground. Tailback Eric Yngsdal scored all four of the Bears’ touchdowns and ran for 231 yards on 34 carries.

Byron’s defense was strong all night, limiting the Bombers to just 66 yards on 34 carries. Wade Gobin had a 1-yard run in the second quarter for the Bombers only score. Gobin led the Bombers with 39 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Byron 13 6 0 6 — 25

Cannon Falls 0 7 0 0 — 7

GOODHUE 52, P.I. 14

Wildcats roll past Panthers

GOODHUE — Goodhue jumped out to a 26-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 52-14 win.

Micah Huneke scored three times in the opening frame — on a pair of 11-yard runs and a 15-yard interception return. Eric Ryan added a four-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

A 55-yard scamper by Pine Island’s Brandon Finstuen in the second quarter, along with a blocked-punt recovery for a touchdown by Connor Kreink made the score 38-14 at halftime.

Ryan led all backs with 126 yards on 21 carries and finished with three touchdowns. Huneke scored four times while totaling 93 yards on 14 carries. Ethan Tutwohl added a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Goodhue.

Pine Island finished with 170 yards of total offense. Goodhue only attempted two passes in the game and finished with 299 yards rushing on 55 attempts.

Goodhue (3-1) is at Winona Cotter next Friday, and the Panthers (0-4) host Hayfield.

Pine Island 0 14 0 0 — 14

Goodhue 26 12 8 6 — 52

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