CALEDONIA WINS 60TH STRAIGHT GAME
EYOTA — That long, long, long football winning streak continues.
Caledonia beat Dover-Eyota on Friday night 46-15 giving the Warriors 60 straight wins, the longest streak in the nation.
The state’s No. 1-ranked Class AA team did all of its scoring in the first three quarters.
Caledonia finished with 243 yards rushing and 109 passing. Quarterback Noah King led the ground attack, carrying the ball nine times for 118 yards. He was 6-for-11 passing for 84 yards.
King was in on six of the Warriors’ seven touchdowns. He ran for five TDs and passed for one, the latter a 32-yards completion to his younger brother Eli King.
Dover-Eyota was paced by quarterback Brady Williams’ 116 rushing yards. He also scored his team’s only touchdown.
Caledonia 46, Dover-Eyota 15
BACKERS SPARK CHATFIELD
CHATFIELD -- The Backer brothers, Chance and Sam, provided the offensive spark as Chatfield toppled Lake City 28-6.
Chance Backer, a senior, caught four passes for 130 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown pass. Sam Backer, a freshman, had scoring runs of 36 yards in the first quarter and 66 yards in the third quarter. He finished with 152 yards rushing on 19 carries. Sam Backer also intercepted a pass on defense.
Chatfield quarterback Reid Johnson was 10-for-17 passing for 190 yards. He also had a 1-yard scoring run. The Gophers had 169 yards rushing and 190 passing for 359 total yards.
The Gophers (4-2) held Lake City (3-3) to just 11 yards rushing. Justin Wohlers was 19-for-41 passing for 199 yards and three interceptions. He also tossed a 40-yard TD pass to Reid Gastner in the fourth quarter. Jake Wohlers, Justin's brother, caught 11 passes for 97 yards. Gasnter caught six passes for 100 yards and also rushed for 34 yards.
Jeremy Nguyen had 10 tackles for Lake City while Jake Wohlers and Atticus Heise had interceptions. Nate Bernard and Tate Karver also had interceptions for Chatfield.
CHATFIELD 28, LAKE CITY 6
BYRON RUNS PAST AUSTIN
BYRON -- Austin Freerksen rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns as Byron rolled past Austin 42-13 in Southeast District non-subdistrict play on Friday.
Freerksen scored on runs of 72, 18, 44 and 17 yards. The running back also threw a 3-yard TD pass to Ben Stienessen.
Stienessen had four catches for 50 yards and also rushed for 21 yards. Byron quarterback Andrew Scheuer was 7-for-14 passing for 108 yards and one TD, an 11-yarder to tight end Noah Schmitz.
Byron (3-3) had 371 total yards, 111 yards passing and 260 yards rushing.
"We played real well and bounced back from some adversity," Byron coach Ben Halder said.
Byron's defense limited Austin to 190 total yards. Teyghan Hovland had a 62-yard TD run for Austin (2-4).
Packers defensive lineman Oliver Anderson intercepted a pass on the first play of the game and returned it for a TD.
BYRON 42, AUSTIN 13
O'REILLY HAS BIG NIGHT IN PANTHERS WIN VS. TRITON
PINE ISLAND – Carter O’Reily took care of Pine Island’s side of the scoreboard. His teammates on the Panthers’ defense took care of Triton’s side of the scoreboard.
O’Reily passed for three touchdowns and ran for another, and Pine Island’s defense kept Triton off the board until the fourth quarter in a 28-7 Southeast District football victory on Friday.
O’Reily accounted for 344 yards of the Panthers’ 426 yards of total offense. He completed 15 of 21 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns – all to receiver Will Warneke – and O’Reily ran for 59 yards on five attempts, and one touchdown.
The scoring passes to Warneke covered 55, 44 and 13 yards. The three TDs were Warneke’s only receptions of the game, but they totaled 112 yards – and 18 points.
Pine Island improved to 2-3 overall, while Triton dropped to 3-3.
Austin Melder – who ran for 61 yards on 11 carries – ran for the Cobras’ lone touchdown, a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter. Braxton Munnikhuysen led Triton with 72 rushing yards on 13 attempts.
PINE ISLAND 28, TRITON 7
CANNON FALLS HOLDS OFF P-E-M
CANNON FALLS – Cannon Falls’ high-powered offense was held in check on Friday, but the Bombers’ defense was up to the task.
Cannon Falls, the No. 7-ranked team in the Class AAA state football poll, limited Plainview-Elgin-Millville to 161 yards of total offense in a 18-6 Southeast District victory.
The Bombers (6-0) never trailed, but the score was close throughout. Trenton Matthies gave Cannon Falls the lead for good 8:26 into the game with a 6-yard rushing touchdown. Braxton Ulrich added a 3-yard scoring run on the first play of the second quarter for a 12-0 lead.
P-E-M fought back on the ensuing possession, as Blake Herber caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Kaden Lamb, but Cannon Falls’ defense shut down the Bulldogs the rest of the way.
Matthies added another scoring run, from 1 yard out, midway through the fourth quarter, to cap the scoring. He finished with a team-best 91 rushing yards on 18 attempts. No other Bomber had more than 28 rushing yards.
Jack Dommeyer led the Bombers’ stingy defense, recording nine total tackles and 3.5 sacks.
P-E-M dropped to 1-5 overall.
CANNON FALLS 18, P-E-M 6