On Friday, September 8th, the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm had a close victory over Sartell, with a final score of 14-7. Senior Dillon Miller played a crucial role in the game, stepping in for Adam Purcell, who was dealing with cramping issues. Miller made a significant impact in the decisive scoring drive, with seven carries for 41 yards and a touchdown. The Storm had initially scored first on a one-yard run by Spencer Ackerman, but Sartell answered back in the second quarter to take a 7-6 lead at halftime. Although the Storm faced some challenges in the red zone in the third quarter, they persevered and managed to secure their second win of the season, improving their record to 2-0. Sartell, on the other hand, fell to 0-2.
In another game, Bloomington Jefferson defeated St. Cloud Tech with a score of 24-13. Jonathan Weber was the standout player for Jefferson, scoring four touchdowns. Unfortunately for Tech, they could not overcome Weber’s dominant performance. However, Tech did manage to score a touchdown through a pass from Connor Harnes to Jackson Sheetz, as well as a pick-six returned by Gavin Gall.
ROCORI claimed victory over Minneapolis North with a final score of 27-12. This game showcased the talent of Spartan quarterback Will Steil, who ran for three touchdowns and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to receiver Grant Tylutki.
The matchup between Litchfield and St. Cloud Apollo resulted in a 48-15 victory for Litchfield. Albany also had an impressive win, defeating Melrose 43-0. The Huskies showcased their strong running game, accumulating an incredible 415 rushing yards. Adam Dennis played a key role in this performance, scoring three touchdowns on 21 carries for 173 yards. The team utilized a ten-person attack, with a total of 55 rushing attempts and an average carry of 7.5 yards.
New London-Spicer secured a narrow victory over Foley, with a final score of 10-6. At halftime, Foley held a slim lead of 6-3, thanks to a touchdown pass from quarterback Noah Fitch to receiver Chase David. However, Mason Delzer of NL-S managed to score a crucial touchdown in the third quarter, giving the Wildcats the lead for the rest of the game.
Other notable results include Holdingford’s 40-0 win over Royalton, Paynesville’s 14-0 victory over Maple Lake, Eden Valley-Watkins’ dominant 52-13 win against Cathedral, and Sauk Centre’s convincing 46-8 victory over Minnewaska.
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