AUSTIN 47, ALBERT LEA 0
ALBERT LEA — Austin High didn’t get a victory in its high school football season opener last week against Winona.
But the Packers did gain some confidence in playing a strong game against the Winhawks before suffering a five-point defeat. That confidence carried over into Week 2 and Austin put together a complete game in a 47-0 Big Southeast-Blue victory against rival Albert Lea.
Austin’s blowout win started the first time it touched the ball, as Gage Manahan returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown just 2:34 into the game. Less than two minutes later, Joseph Walker scored on a 7-yard run to put the Packers (1-1) up by double digits.
Six players scored touchdowns for the Packers in the game, including two by Ethan Owens — on a 6-yard pass from Teyghan Hovland to close the first half and a 33-yard pass from Hovland to start the second half.
Hovland had 100 yards passing and he threw three scoring passes in the game, including a 29-yarder to Novell Jackson early in the second quarter. Logan O’Rourke added a 14-yard interception return for a TD in the third quarter and Joseph Hoffman scored on a 1-yard run for the Packers in the fourth.
Walker rushed for 73 yards on 12 carries and Jackson caught four passes for 39 yards.
Austin 47, Albert Lea 0
Austin 13 14 13 7 — 47
Albert Lea 0 0 0 0 — 0
KASSON-MANTORVILLE 37, FARIBAULT 6
KASSON — Logan Vaughn ignited the Kasson-Mantorville crowd and helped his team take a deep breath and settle in on the opening play of the second half Friday night.
Vaughn returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter 86 yards for a touchdown, breaking open a close game. The KoMets dominated from there beating Faribault 37-6 in a Big Southeast Blue football game.
K-M's defense was as dominant as its offense, limiting Faribault to just 103 total yards of offense.
K-M (1-0) scored the only points of the first quarter on a 34-yard Aaron Winkle field goal.
Faribault (1-1) responded, taking its only lead 2:04 into the second quarter when Hunter Nelson threw a 13-yard TD pass to Isaac Mata.
K-M regained the lead for good on a 2-yard run by Anthony Moe Tucker with 5:44 to play in the first half.
Vaughn's kick return took the life out of Faribault and gave all the momentum to K-M. Moe Tucker scored again with 2:27 to play in the third, then Matt Donovan added a 14-yard TD run just 1:32 later.
Aiden Smith capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 7-yard run.
K-M finished with 264 rushing yards, and 13 players carried the ball at least once. Donovan led the way with 91 yards on 12 carries. Moe Tucker added 74. Jace Bigelow led K-M's receivers with two catches for 79 yards.
Kasson-Mantorville 37, Faribault 6
Faribault 0 6 0 0 — 6
Kasson-Mantorville 3 7 20 7 — 37