Friday Night Lights II: from bad to worse
It's hard to type this out here....in the middle of the second quarter the Royalton Royals football team is pounding the B-B-E Jaguars into the ground at Royalton. The score is 44-0.
I don't even know what to think right now.
Final: Royalton 59, B-B-E 0. Next week the Jaguars host state-ranked Browerville/Eagle Valley (2-0), who beat West Central Area/Ashby 29-22 in Browerville tonight. B/EV was ranked No. 5 in the latest Class 1A state rankings.
Going back in the archives for comparison, tonight's 59-0 loss was the most lopsided loss in football since the 2010 season. The last time the Jaguars lost by at least 54 points was in the 2009 season....see below.
October 15, 2010 - the EV-W Eagles won 49-0 at B-B-E.
October 9, 2009 - the EV-W Eagles beat B-B-E 54-0 at Eden Valley, a week after Pierz won 50-0 at B-B-E.
Sept 28, 2007 - EV-W won 54-0 at Eden Valley
Sept. 16, 2005 - Pierz won 64-0 at B-B-E (the Jaguars got inside the 10-yard line just once in that game)
...in other games...Parkers Prairie is ahead 22-14 at Kimball tonight with about eight minutes to go in the game. The Cubs drove as far as the seven-yard line in the fourth quarter but turned the ball over on downs. Definitely a great game for Kimball, who has not won a football game since the 2012 playoffs.
Final: Parkers Prairie 30, Kimball Area 14.
*Next week we'll learn quite a bit about the other two 0-2 teams in Mid-State, Sub-District 3 when Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg travels to Kimball Area. The Fighting Saints showed some grit in the first half at Swanville tonight. USA scored first and led 7-0 in the first quarter, but K-M-S countered right away with a touchdown on their next drive. The Patriots coasted from that point on, shutting out K-M-S in the second, third and fourth quarters. Both teams had two turnovers each, but USA dominated K-M-S in time of possession, running 62 plays compared to just 34 by K-M-S.
At Sauk Centre, BOLD is demolishing the Mainstreeters and has a 38-14 lead after three quarters.
At Becker, an incredible game played out between the host Bulldogs and New London-Spicer. The Wildcats had a 34-27 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter. Becker then scored with 2:21 on the clock and kicked a PAT to tie it at 34-all. The game went to overtime! I don't have a final score right now. I know that Becker scored on their first play of overtime and kicked the PAT (barely making it)..
Final! What a game! NL-S 42, Becker 41 in overtime. What an incredible win for head coach Dan Essler and his Wildcats. NL-S scored a touchdown in overtime, and then Coach Essler bet the farm and had his 'Cats go for the win on the extra-point conversion. They scored the two-point conversion on a deep pass to the end zone, where the receiver (Blake Shuck) leaped to catch the pass from Brandon Adelman. NL-S gained seven yards on their first play in overtime, but then were held to fourth down and one to go. Jackson Ness carried the ball in for a touchdown on that fourth-down play. This was easily one of the most exciting wins in NL-S football history, as Becker is the two-time Class 4A defending state champion. (NL-S is a Class 3A school)
From the West Central Tribune about the extra-point conversion that won the game, "After initially sending his kicking team onto the field, Coach Dan Essler changed his mind, calling a timeout before giving his offense the chance to finish off the game."
Mid-State District, Sub-District 3 scores in Week Two (Sept. 9):
Upsala/Swanville Area 35, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 6
Parkers Prairie 30, Kimball Area 14
Browerville/Eagle Valley 29, West Central Area/Ashby 22 (Tigers led 29-14 in the 4th quarter, and the Knights scored late in the 4th quarter)
Area football scores in Week Two:
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 30, Renville County West 7
New Richland-H-E-G 39, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 31
Verndale 18, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 0
Rocori 41, Willmar 21
Brandon/Evansville 33, Hancock 8
BOLD 38, Sauk Centre 14 (the score was 0-0 after the first quarter, but it was all BOLD after that)
New London-Spicer 42, Becker 41 (OT)
Melrose Area 18, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 14 (the game was tied 6-6 after the third quarter)
Eden Valley-Watkins 41, Holdingford 21
Dawson-Boyd 14, Canby 7
Minneota 59, Ortonville 12
Hutchinson 28, Glencoe-Silver Lake 14
MACCRAY 26, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 12 (BLHS had at least eight turnovers)
Wadena-Deer Creek 26, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 14
Browerville/Eagle Valley 29, West Central Area/Ashby 22
Osakis 23, Ottertail Central 12
Albany 21, St. Cloud Cathedral 20
Alexandria 36, Moorhead 14
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 33, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 13
Rockford Area 21, Paynesville Area 20 (the Bulldogs led 14-0 in the second quarter, but it was all Rockford from there; the Rockets won it with a successful PAT kick; the Bulldogs had 363 total yards of offense (284 rushing) with two lost fumbles; the Rockets had 214 total yards of offense (75 rushing) but just one lost fumble)
Maple Lake 20, @ Pierz 6 (this is Pierz's first loss since the 2014 Class 3A state semifinals)
Benson 28, Yellow Medicine East 26 (3 OT!, played at Granite Falls)
Minneapolis North 38, Brooklyn Center 0