By PATRICK SLACK
Area football from Friday, Sept. 21:
Little Falls 46, St. Cloud Cathedral 7
Little Falls senior running back Jalen Wuchko put on a spectacular homecoming show, gouging the St. Cloud Cathedral defense for 309 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 46-7 demolition, Friday.
Junior Brighton Goodrich added 69 yards on the ground and junior Michael Orr rushed for 45 yards and a score.
Little Falls didn’t have much need of a passing game, but junior Austin Fenske did throw for 39 yards and a touchdown, with junior Kyle Kabanuk hauling in all three passes.
Pierz 41, Kimball Area 19
Senior backs Tyler Millner and Nathan Athman each scored three touchdowns as Pierz pounded visiting Kimball Area 41-19, Friday.
Kimball held the early momentum, taking a 12-8 edge into the second quarter off of a pair of touchdown runs by senior Cameron Hunt.
But the Cubs’ defense had no solution to the Pierz rushing attack, as the Pioneers used a pair of touchdowns in the second and third quarters to build a 33-12 lead.
Hunt ran for his third touchdown early in the fourth to pull Kimball back within two possessions, but Pierz answered less than a minute later, as Millner broke free from 69 yards out to seal the win.
Millner closed the game with 167 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while also returning an interception 20 yards for a score.
Sophomore Johnny Kasper ran for 75 yards, Athman had 60 and sophomore Noah Boser added a 48-yard carry.
Pierz put together its top passing attack of the season to complement the 349 yards it accumulated on the ground, with junior Ethan Lochner completing 7-of-10 attempts for 100 yards and sophomore Aaron Weber completing a 36-yard strike to sophomore Michael Meyer.
Upsala-Swanville Area 48, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 16
Any doubt about what appeared to be a lopsided match-up coming in was erased when Upsala-Swanville Area lit up the scoreboard with 34 second-quarter points, Friday, leading to a 48-16 home win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
Senior Mitch Lange and sophomore Kyle Lange matched each other with 148 yards rushing apiece to lead a balanced Patriots offense, with junior Tyler Evans completing 8-of-9 passes for 141 yards.
Junior Jordan Sales was Evans’ top target, catching four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns, with Kyle Lange making two receptions for 48 yards and a score and sophomore Carter Loven adding two catches for 18 yards.
Loven and Kyle Lange also intercepted passes on defense, with Mitch Lange tallying six solo tackles and seven assists.
Holdingford 47, Eden Valley-Watkins 7
Fifth-ranked Holdingford had little difficulty with Eden Valley-Watkins, Friday, routing the host Eagles 47-7.
Senior Mitch Messman threw for four touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Huskers offense, with senior Jeremy Springer on the receiving end of three touchdown passes.
Senior Brody Davidson hauled in the other touchdown pass for Messman while also returning an interception 14 yards for a score.
Royalton 49, West Central Area 21
Royalton had 42 points by halftime as it posted its fourth-consecutive blowout win in a row to open the season, Friday, remaining perfect with a 49-21 victory at West Central Area.
The Royals amassed 324 of their 360 yards of total offense on the ground, led by senior Cade Stang with 96 yards and senior Tony Gadacz with 93 yards and four touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Brady Moulzolf scrambled for 67 yards and threw for 36, with a touchdown pass to senior Jesse Popp, while junior Austin Popp’s lone carry resulted in a 48-yard touchdown.