Jaguars pillage Raiders at Homecoming
TRUMAN — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman running back Hunter Grathwohl rushed for a career-high 191 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion run to help the Jaguars football team give its fans plenty to celebrate on Homecoming as they beat the Nicollet Raiders 44-16 on Friday night in Truman.
“We were ready to play,” Grathwohl said. “My offensive line (Cohl Becker, Mason Engel and Jayden Bellecourt) made my running happen by opening up big holes for me. I owe a lot to my linemen. We got after them defensively, too.”
“We played a great second half after shooting ourselves in the foot with too many penalties in the first half,” Jaguars head coach Alex Roorda said. “Our run game was excellent tonight and our defense did a better job in the second half. This is a nice win.”
Quarterback Jackson Madsen threw for 87 yards on 9-of-22 passing with a two-point pass and ran for 108 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown.
The Jaguars erupted for 31 second-half points to post the convincing victory.
The Jaguars took a 7-0 lead at the 10:18 mark of the first quarter. They ran the ball right through the Raiders and Grathwohl finished the four-play drive with a 29-yard touchdown run. Eli Jensen kicked the extra point, making it 7-0 Jaguars.
Grathwohl scored his second TD, rushing 5 yards for the score at the 11:48 mark of the second quarter. Jensen missed the extra point, but the Jaguars had a 13-0 lead.
Nicollet scored on a Trenton Havemeier 14-yard TD pass to Conner Martens with 1:22 left before the half. Nick Slater ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 13-8.
Grathwohl put his third scoring run in the book at the 6:12 mark of the third quarter. This time, his TD run came from 3 yards out. The Jaguars missed the two-point conversion, but increased their lead to 11 points, 19-8.
Madsen ran in from 8 yards out at the 2:57 mark of the third quarter and Grathwohl ran in the two-point conversion to give the Jaguars a 27-8 lead.
Martens scored on a 45-yard run for the Raiders and Slater completed the two-point conversion pass to AJ Kramer, cutting the Jaguars lead to 27-16 with 1:38 remaining in the third quarter.
The Jaguars scored the game’s final 17 points.
Ashton Spear scored on a 7-yard run with 9:28 left in the fourth quarter and Madsen hit Luke Kester for the two-point conversion to make it 35-16 for the home team.
Jensen kicked a 27-yard field goal with four seconds left and Braeden Shell returned a fumble 30 yards for a TD on the game’s final play.
For Nicollet, Havenmeier completed 17-of-32 passes for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Martens caught 10 passes for 137 yards with one touchdown receiving and one on the ground.
Defensively for the Jaguars, Grathwohl had a team-high 7 1/2 tackles, followed by Kaegan Berhow with 6 1/2 tackles and Madsen with 6 1/2 tackles.
Berhow also had an interception.
Next for the Jaguars (2-1) is a 7 p.m. road game next Friday night against the Renville County West Jaguars in Danube.
The Raiders (1-2) play a 7 p.m. home game next Friday night against the Madelia Blackhawks.
Nicollet 0 8 8 0–16
GHECT 7 6 14 17–44
GHEC/T–Hunter Grathwohl 29 yard run (Eli Jensen kick), 10:18.
GHEC/T–Grathwohl 5 yard run (kick missed), 11:48.
Nicollet–Trenton Havemeier 14 yard pass to Conner Martens (Nick Slater two-point run), 1:22.
GHEC/T–Grathwohl 3 yard run (two-point try missed), 6:12.
GHEC/T–Jackson Madsen 8 yard run (Grathwohl two-point run), 2:57.
Nicollet–Martens 45 yard run (Slater two-point pass to AJ Kramer), 1:38.
GHEC/T–Ashton Spear 7 yard run (Madsen two-point pass to Luke Kester), 9:28.
GHEC/T–Jensen 27 yard field goal. 0.04.
GHEC/T–Braeden Shell 30 yard fumble return (kick not attempted), 0.00.
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 39, Martin County West 0 – Quarterback Trevor Smith ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more scores to lead the Panthers to a 39-0 shutout over the Martin County West Mavericks on Friday night in Tracy.
Smith scored on an 11-yard run in the opening quarter before throwing a 13-yard TD pass to Jeret Ankrum during the second quarter.
Smith later tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Ankrum in the second quarter and capped the opening half with a 4-yard scoring pass to Ankrum to give the Panthers a commanding 27-0 halftime lead.
Ankrum also kicked three extra points for the Panthers.
In the third quarter, Smith ran in from 59 and 14 yards, respectively, to complete the home team’s scoring. They missed extra points on both second-half touchdowns.
For the Mavericks, running back Rylan Cutler ran 17 times for 54 yards to lead the offense, while Colby Schwichtenberg generated seven tackles to lead the defense.
The Mavericks (0-3) host the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights at 7 p.m. next Friday night in Sherburn.
MCW 0 0 0 0– 0
TMB 7 20 12 0–39
TMB–Trevor Smith 11 yard run (Jeret Ankrum kick), 9:53.
TMB–Smith 13 yard pass to Ankrum (kick missed), 7:25.
TMB–Smith 4 yard pass to Ankrum (Ankrum kick), 2:55.
TMB–Smith 6 yard pass to Ankrum (Ankrum kick), 0.25.
TMB–Smith 59 yard run (two-point try missed), 11:59.
TMB–Smith 14 yard run (kick missed), 3:20.