Regular-Season Wrap Up: Week 8 High School Football Scores and Highlights
It was the final night of regular season football and there were some great matchups across Southeast Minnesota, including a game that was called after just 1 half of play, and it just so happened to be the game we were broadcasting on 103.1 KFIL.
Chatfield Takes Down Lewiston-Altura 30-14 In Shortened Game
The Chatfield Gophers took down Lewiston-Altura 30-14 in a game that was shortened to just one half due to a bank of lights going out in Lewiston during halftime. It was a major electrical issue and after the Activities Director, both head coaches, and the officiating crew gathered, they made the decision to call the game after the 1st half.
We talked with Lewiston-Altura's Activities Director Brian Menk after the decision was made and he told us that it was a major electrical issue with the lights, and they would have to get an electrician in to fix the issue. Because the lights could not be fixed in a reasonable amount of time, the game was ended at the half with Chatfield winning 30-14.
It was unfortunate as this game featured two of the top rushers in the district in Chatfield's Sam Backer and Lewiston-Altura's Collin Bonow. Both made their presence known in the first half.
On his first carry, Backer went 80-yards to the house to give the Gophers an 8-0 lead, and then Backer connected with Luke Carrier for a 25-yard touchdown to give the Gophers a 16-0 lead in the first quarter.
Lewiston-Altura responded quickly after Bonow ran for a 25-yard touchdown to make it 16-7. Jackson Schild of Chatfield got the next touchdown for the Gophers to make it 22-7.
Bonow had an incredible run on the next Cardinal possession as he bounced to the outside and turned on the jets to go for a 43-yard touchdown to make it a 22-14 game with just 4:12 to go in the first half. Chatfield was able to strike quickly as Backer connected with Cole Johnson for a 38-yard score and it was 30-14 at the half.
When the teams came back out on the field and were getting warmed up for the 2nd half, one bank of lights went out and forced the game to end after just one half of play.
Chatfield's Backer finished with 171 yards on the ground and 1 score, to go along with 115 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Bonow finished with 114 yards on the ground and two scores to lead Lewiston-Altura. Jackson Koverman finished with 38 yards rushing for L-A.
The Gophers finished the regular season with 7 straight wins and went 7-1, the Cardinals finished 3-5. Chatfield earned the #1 seed and will take on Cotter in the first round of the playoffs. Lewiston-Altura is the #6 seed and will travel to Caledonia to take on the #3 Warriors. The Section 1AA Tournament starts Tuesday, October 26th.
Player of the Game (Chatfield) - Sam Backer
Player of the Game (Lewiston-Altura) - Collin Bonow
Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball - Luke Carrier (Chatfield)
#2 Lanesboro Runs Their Way To Win Over Spring Grove 72-27
The Lanesboro Burros capped off an 8-0 regular season with a 72-27 win over Spring Grove last night. The Burros defense was great in this one as they were able to force turnovers and turn them into points to secure the win. Spring Grove finished the regular season 3-4.
Goodhue Tops Triton 33-22
The Goodhue Wildcats secured the 2nd seed in the Section 1AA playoffs after a 33-22 win over Triton. The Wildcats finished the regular season 5-3 and will take on #7 seed Dover-Eyota Tuesday night. The Cobras finished 5-3 and received the #4 seed and will host #5, St. Charles Tuesday.
Mabel-Canton Takes Down Southland 21-20
The Mabel-Canton Cougars had a thrilling win over Southland to wrap up their regular season at 4-4 while the Rebels finished 3-5. This game featured two teams that run the ball extremely well, and it was the Cougars coming out victorious in this battle.
#4 Stewartville Finishes Undefeated With 51-7 Win Over Rochester John Marshall
The Stewartville Tigers finished the regular season 8-0 with a big win over John Marshall. The Tigers did all of their scoring in the first half as they topped the Rockets. The Tigers will get a bye in the first round of the Section 1AAAA playoffs as the #1 seed. The Rockets finished the regular season 1-7 and will be the #7 seed in the Section 1AAAAA playoffs. They will take on #6 seeded Rochester Century Tuesday night.
#6 Cannon Falls Explodes on Offense Beating #1 Lake City 74-38
The Bombers scored on all 10 of their possessions to take down Lake City 74-38 in a matchup of two Top-10 teams in Class AAA. The Bombers were able to take advantage of the big-time matchup to secure the #1 seed and a bye in the first round of the Section 1AAA playoffs. Lake City was seeded 2nd and will battle with #7 LaCrescent in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
#3 Rushford-Peterson Finishes Undefeated With 19-6 Win Over Faribault B.A
The Trojans wrapped up their regular season with an 8-0 record after taking down B.A Wednesday night. All of the scoring in this one was done in the first half, and then the defenses took over. The Trojans have the top seed in Section 1A and will take on #8 Wabasha-Kellogg in the first round. Faribault B.A is the #3 seed and will host #6 Hayfield on Tuesday.
Austin Takes Down Albert Lea 38-6
The Austin Packers took down Albert Lea after making the short trek west on I-90. The Packers finished the regular season 1-7 while Alberta Lea finished 0-8. Austin got the #6 seed in the Section 1AAAAA playoffs and will travel to Northfield to take on the #3 Raiders on Tuesday. Albert Lea is the #6 seed in the Section 1AAAA playoffs and will travel to #3, Winona.
Fillmore Central Takes Down Cotter 47-6
The Fillmore Central Falcons are playing some great football and they concluded their regular season with a big win over Cotter. The win secured the #2 seed for Fillmore Central as they finished the season 7-1. They host #7 Kingsland on Tuesday night in the Section 1A playoffs. Cotter finished the season 2-6 and is the #8 seed in the Section 1AA playoffs. They will travel to Chatfield Tuesday night.
#5 Rochester Mayo Beats Byron 41-15
The Rochester Mayo Spartans finished the regular season 7-1 after a win over Byron Wednesday night while the Bears fell to 2-6. Mayo is the #1 seed in the Section 1AAAAA playoffs and will have a bye in the first round. Byron is the #6 seed in the Section 1AAAA playoffs and will host #7 Red Wing Tuesday night.
Caledonia Defeats Dover-Eyota 58-22
The Warriors are finding their stride as they took down Dover-Eyota Wednesday night to win their 3rd straight game to finish the regular season 4-4. It was a balanced attack through the air and on the ground to get the Warriors the win. Dover-Eyota finished the regular season 2-6. The Warriors are the #3 seed in the Section 1AA playoffs and will host #6 Lewiston-Altura. Dover-Eyota is the #7 seed and will travel to Goodhue to take on the #2 Wildcats.
Rochester Century Takes Down Winona 22-20
The Rochester Century Panthers earned a win on the final night of the regular season, taking down a tough Winona squad. The Panthers finished the regular season 3-5 and are the #4 seed in the Section 1AAAAA playoffs. They will host #5 Rochester JM in the quarterfinals Tuesday night.
#9 Plainview-Elgin Millville Beats LaCrescent 33-20
The Bulldogs of PEM finished off their regular season 6-2 with a win over LaCrescent Wednesday night. The Bulldogs are the #3 seed in a very tough Section 1AAA bracket and will host #5 Pine Island Tuesday night. LaCrescent finished the regular season 0-3 and is the #8 seed. They will travel to Cannon Falls to take on the #1 seeded Bombers.
#7 Grand Meadow Tops Kingsland 48-24 - But This Was More Than A Game
The Grand Meadow Superlarks finished the regular season on a 7-game win streak, taking down Kingsland Wednesday night. Grand Meadow finished the regular season 7-1. Kingsland (3-5) earned the #7 seed in Section 1A and will take on #2 Fillmore Central.
After the game, the two teams met on the field and took this awesome photo below to recognize Dan Copley.
Dan Copley is the assistant baseball coach for GMLOK (Grand Meadow-LeRoy-Ostrander Kingsland) and is suffering from Neurosarcoidosis. This is a long-term disease of the central nervous system. Upon hiring the news of his diagnosis, the Kingsland Athletic Booster Club came up with the idea of having all of the kids take a photo on the field after the game. The athletes from both teams signed the game ball, and it was auctioned off after the game. The funds raised were given to Dan Copley after the auction.
A wonderful moment by these two teams, and communities, that came together to raise money for an amazing cause. Amazing! See more on this story courtesy of Kingsland Athletic Booster Club's Facebook stage.
LeRoy-Ostrander Tops Lyle/Pacelli 64-12
The LeRoy-Ostrander Cardinals finished the season 6-2 with a win over Lyle/Pacelli and the offense once again put up big numbers. The Cardinals have scored 121 points the last two weeks as they head into the Section playoffs. Lyle/Pacelli finished 0-7.
Owatonna Takes Down #7 Kasson-Mantorville 17-14
The Owatonna Huskies earned the #2 seed in the Section 1AAAAA playoffs after taking down Kasson-Mantorville Wednesday night. The Huskies finished the season 5-3 and have a bye in the first round of the playoffs. K-M finished 5-3 and earned the #2 seed in the Section 1AAAA playoffs, they also have a bye in the first round.
St. Charles Takes Down Zumbrota-Mazeppa 31-14
The St. Charles Saints won their 3rd game in a row on Wednesday night after they topped Z-M. The Saints finished 4-4 and earned the #5 seed in the Section 1AA playoffs. They will travel to Dodge Center to take on #4 Triton. Z-M finished their regular-season 1-7 and is the #6 seed in the Section 1AAA playoffs. They will travel to Lake City to take on the #2 seeded Tigers.
Randolph Beats Hayfield 36-21
The Randolph Rockets are headed into the Section Playoffs on a high note after winning their final two games of the regular season. The Rockets finished 5-3 and are the #4 seed in the Section 1A playoffs. They will host #5 Kenyon-Wanamingo on Tuesday. The Hayfield Vikings finished the season 2-6 and earned the #6 seed in the Section 1A playoffs. They will travel to take on #3 Faribault B.A Tuesday.
Rochester Lourdes Blanks Pine Island 42-0
The Rochester Lourdes Eagles shut out Pine Island in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Eagles have won their last two games and finished the regular season 3-5. They are the #4 seed in the Section 1AAA playoffs and will host #5 Pine Island on Tuesday. Pine Island finished their regular season 2-6.
#1 Blooming Prairie Finishes Undefeated Season Taking Down Medford 48-7
Blooming Prairie is headed to the Section playoffs 8-0 after running the regular-season table. They capped it off with a win over Medford. The Awesome Blossoms are the #1 seed in a very tough Section 2AA tournament. They will play Medford again who is the #8 seed. The Tigers finished their regular season 0-8.
Kenyon-Wanamingo Beats Wabasha-Kellogg 35-0
Kenyon-Wanamingo wrapped up the regular season with a win over Wabasha-Kellogg to move to 3-5 on the season. Wabasha-Kellogg finished 0-8. The Knights are the #5 seed in the Section 1A playoffs and will take on #4 Randolph. The Falcons will travel to Rushford-Peterson and take on the #1 seeded Trojans.
We will have section playoff action on both 103.1 KFIL and FUN 104 so be sure to follow along with our coverage of Southeast Minnesota high school football!