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Blue Earth Area football floors Central; Edgerton fends off GHEC/Truman

Adam Schavey

NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA — The Class AA No. 8-ranked Blue Earth Area Bucs erupted for an incredible 605 yards of total offense to steamroll the Central Raiders, 61-20, during South Central Blue District football action Friday night in Norwood Young America.

Quarterback Adam Schavey generated a game-best 173 of the Bucs’ 537 rushing yards and was one of five different Blue Earth Area players to reach the end zone on the night.

Schavey, who scored four touchdowns on the ground, completed 3 of 5 passes for 63 yards — including a 27-yard scoring strike to Ashton Lloyd. Lloyd finished with three receptions for 63 yards.

Parker Meyers needed only five totes to amass 92 yards and one TD for Blue Earth Area, while Waylen Douglas churned out 81 yards on seven carries. Noah Johnson contributed 54 yards and two TDs on just three rushes, while Jack Norman tallied 52 yards on three runs.

Nick Nelson chipped in 34 yards on three totes, Luke Schonborn gained 30 yards on one run, while Caleb Langager added 21 yards and one score on three carries for the Bucs.

Central quarterback Noah Strickfaden, who completed 12 of 25 passes for a game-high 291 yards, opened the game’s scoring with an 88-yard connection to Jacob Kalkes with 6:47 left in the opening quarter.

Schavey countered by finding the end zone on a 30-yard run before Gabriel Smith kicked the PAT for a 7-6 lead only 1 minute later.

Strickfaden hooked up with Kalkes again for a 22-yard TD pass play before Mitchell Druley kicked the PAT.

Meyers answered for the Bucs by sprinting to paydirt from 8 yards out before Smith kicked the PAT for a 14-13 lead after one quarter completed.

Schavey then allowed his powerful legs and arm do the work by producing three consecutive TDs to widen the Bucs’ margin to 34-13 with 1:21 left before halftime.

Schavey pounded out a 3-yard TD rumble before Smith split the uprights with his kick. Schavey and offense got the football back and covered the final 27 yards via a pass from Schavey to Lloyd for six more points and a 27-13 lead with 5:33 left in the second quarter.

Schavey then reeled off a 21-yard run for a TD before Smith nailed the extra point for a 21-point lead.

Strickfaden and the Raiders, however, needed just 17 seconds to whittle the gap to 14 when the quarterback connected with Ben Hoernemann for a 53-yard score. Druley kicked the PAT.

Schavey, however, ended the first half by hammering home from 1 yard out before Smith kicked the PAT for a 41-20 lead with only 17 seconds left before intermission.

Noah Johnson then delivered back-to-back TDs on runs of 8 and 15 yards, respectively, during the third quarter for the Bucs. Smith kicked both PATs to create running time at 55-20 with 5:55 left in the third.

Langager crossed the goal line from 3 yards out to cap BEA’s offensive production at 61-20 with 3 seconds showing in the third quarter.

Kalkes caught four passes for a game-best 140 yards and two TDs for Central, while Hoernemann hauled in three passes for 92 yards and one score.

Blue Earth Area (6-1) plays host to Class AAA No. 2-ranked Fairmont in a 7 p.m. regular-season finale Wednesday night at Wilson Field in Blue Earth.

Edgerton 34, Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman 20 — Nolan Buckridge collected 84 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, while Michael Gunnink amassed a game-best 184 rushing yards to go with one score to sail the Flying Dutchmen to a 14-point 9-Man victory over the Jaguars on Saturday in Granada.

Ethan Weisbrod filled the quarterback vacancy created by Jackson Madsen’s injury, and completed 16 of 28 passes for a game-leading 227 yards and three TDs for the Jaguars.

Trailing 8-0 on the heels of Buckridge’s 1-yard scoring plunge and Gunnink’s 2-point run, Weisbrod fired a 53-yard scoring spiral to Jacob Moeller to inch the hometown team within 8-6 to close the opening quarter.

Buckridge opened the second segment by galloping 11 yards for another six points before Weisbrod answered the challenge for the Jaguars. Weisbrod connected on a 9-yard TD pass to Matthew Steuber before hitting Adam Heckman with the ensuing 2-point throw to even the score at 14-all in the second quarter.

Edgerton, however, regained the lead by halftime when Blake Schultz zipped an 11-yard TD toss to Jacob Fischer. Gunnink added the 2-point run to stake the Dutchmen to a 22-14 margin by intermission.

Buckridge then doubled Edgerton’s lead by rumbling for a 1-yard TD to account for the third quarter’s only points.

Gunnink found the end zone from 1 yard out during the fourth frame to widen the Dutchmen’s lead to 34-14.

Weisbrod later connected on a 4-yard TD completion Heckman to narrow the final margin to 14.

Moeller caught four passes for 78 yards to top the Jaguars, Hunter Grathwohl pocketed four passes for 60 yards, Carter Brudelie snared three tosses for 39 yards, while Heckman added three receptions for 36 yards.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman (2-5) travels to Houston on Wednesday night for its 7 p.m. regular-season finale.

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