Class 4A, No. 8 Waseca downs 3A, No. 1 Bucs
WASECA – The Class 4A, No. 8-ranked Waseca Bluejays maintained their undefeated season and control of the South Central Conference with a 30-18 victory over the Class 3A, No. 1-ranked Blue Earth Area Bucs on Friday night in Waseca.
It took just two plays and 50 seconds for the Bluejays to get on the scoreboard, as quarterback Thomas O’Neil raced 66 yards to give Waseca the early 6-0 lead.
O’Neil, who ran 23 times for 234 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score, then completed the 2-point conversion pass to J.P. Eykyn to take an 8-0 lead.
After the Bucs and Bluejays traded punts on their second possessions, Waseca used another quick drive – 82 yards on four plays- to double their lead.
O’Neil completed 6 of 15 passing for 108 yards, including a 64-yard strike to Jacob Laube with 2:52 left in the opening quarter, before connecting with Lucas Johnson for the 2-point conversion pass to go ahead 16-0.
David Franta breathed some life back into the Bucs’ sideline with a 77-yard TD return on the ensuing kickoff to cut the lead to 16-6.
Camden Bowers fielded the kickoff before lateraling it to Franta for the reverse. Franta found the edge and raced to paydirt for six points.
With less than a minute remaining in the opening half, the Bucs had a chance to cut the lead to single digits, as quarterback Luke Schavey connected with Gus Phillips on an 18-yard pass to put the ball on the Waseca 35.
Schavey, who completed 10 of 25 passes for 177 yards, then followed with a pass to Calvin Sanders for 19 yards, putting the ball on the 17.
With seven seconds remaining, the Bucs used two passing attempts to reach the end zone, but the stingy Bluejay defense denied their efforts.
The Bucs again were driving on offense to open the second half, but a Laube interception gave the Bluejays the ball back.
O’Neil took advantage by taking the second play of the ensuing drive 40 yards to the end zone before throwing a pass to Eykyn for the 2-point conversion to make it 24-6 at the 9:39 mark in the third.
Fifty nine seconds later, Schavey threw Phillips a 64-yard strike for a touchdown to cut the Bluejay lead in half at 24-12.
Phillips caught added six passes for 96 yards in the game.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, the Bluejay defense would not relent.
Even after a Trevor Zierke interception at the end of the third, the Bucs were unable to get a scoring drive going.
O’Neil then capped the win during the start of the fourth quarter, plowing seven yards for a touchdown finalize a five-play, 44-yard drive to go up 30-12.
With 30 seconds left in the game, Schavey found Derek Johnson with a 24-yard pass for a touchdown to make it 30-18, but it would not be enough.
Schavey ran 18 times for 28 yards for the Bucs’ offense in the game.
Blue Earth Area (3-1) hosts St. Peter in a 7 p.m. conference game for Homecoming next Friday night at Wilson Field in Blue Earth.
Waseca (5-0) travels to New Ulm next Friday night for a 7 p.m. league game.
BEA 6 0 6 6 – 18
WAS 16 0 8 6 – 30
Martin County West 62, Sleepy Eye Public 0 – The Class 2A, No. 8 Mavericks continued their undefeated run through the Southern Minnesota Conference, shutting out the Indians 62-0 on Friday night in Sleepy Eye.
While the Maverick offense generated six touchdowns in the opening quarter, the MCW defense held the Indians to less than 200 yards of total offense in the game.
Quarterback Jake Faber, who completed 5 of 9 passes for 139 yards and ran four times for 43 yards, ran in the first score on a 15-yard scamper to open the game.
Thor Larson carried the ball six times for 48 yards, including a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, each on 3-yard runs for MCW.
Sam Baker ran for a game-leading 134 yards on six carries, including a touchdown on a 27 yard run, to pace the Mavericks.
Alex Biehn caught one pass from Faber, scoring on a 10-yard connection. Biehn also ran the ball twice for 34 yards for the Mavericks.
Cordell Weber scored the final touchdown, catching one of his two receptions from Faber for 69 yards, for a 40-yard strike in the end zone.
Baker added two more TDs in the second quarter by scoring on runs of 25 and 67 yards, respectively.
Elijah Gronewald, who had three carries in the game for 62 yards, raced 51 of those yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Wes Cook also snagged a pair of Faber passes from the air, gaining 60 yards on the two plays.
Martin County West (5-0) travels to Wabasso next Friday night.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman 42, Cleveland 34 – After falling behind 6-0 in the opening quarter, the Jaguars came back to down the Clippers 42-34 in Southern Confederacy football action on Friday in Cleveland.
No individual statistics were available from the game.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman (4-1) plays host to Alden-Conger next Friday night in Granada.
GHEC 0 22 6 14 – 42
CLEV 6 16 12 0 – 34
Gehlen Catholic 46, North Union 26 – The Jays held off the Warriors for the 46-26 victory on Friday night in LeMars, Iowa.
Cody Runksmeier grabbed three touchdowns, including a 52-yard run and a 65-yard pass from quarterback Aric Runge to pace the Warrior effort.
Runksmeier rushed 15 times for 135 yards to lead the Warriors 203 rushing effort, while grabbing three passes for 97 of North Union’s 149 passing yards.
Meanwhile, Runge rushed 10 times for 45 yards, in addition to completing 9 of 16 passes for 149 yards.
Jacob Braddock, who ran eight times for 15 yards, also managed a 4-yard touchdown run for North Union.
Braddock also snagged three passes for 33 yards in the game.
Trent Pedersen ran once for eight yards, while catching two passes for eight yards in the game.
Kaleb Olson managed one pass for 11 yards for North Union.
Eythan Blair led the Warrior defense with nine solo tackles and five assists, with Jacob Govern making six solo tackles and five assists.
Runge added five solo tackles, with Runksmeier making four tackles for North Union.
North Union (0-5) travels to play Pocahontas Area at 7 p.m. next Friday night.
NU 6 14 6 0 – 26
GC 8 16 8 14 – 46