Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) needed a touchdown and two-point conversion in the final minute to produce a thrilling week one victory.
Its second game of the season might have been over in the first minute.
The host Patriots easily disposed of overmatched Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) 42-8, Sept. 5, moving to 2-0 on the season.
USA ran the ball at will, led by junior back Kyle Lange with 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 attempts.
Junior Tim Valencia-Louden followed with 61 yards and a touchdown, while senior Tyler Evans also ran in a score.
Evans efficiently threw for 74 yards and a touchdown as well, completing 6-of-10 passes.
Senior Jordan Sales reeled in half of those completions for 58 yards and junior Carter Loven had two receptions for 15 yards and a score.
Lange also was in on nine tackles and intercepted a pass, as did Loven.
Senior back provides big lift
Royalton didn’t have quite as easy a time of things, yet eventually shook off visiting United North Central 48-26, Sept. 5.
Senior Kyle Billmeyer was a monumental reason why.
Billmeyer turned 13 rushing attempts into 125 yards and five touchdowns, with four of those scores coming in the second half after the Royals had fallen behind 18-14.
Senior Trent Cimenski was the next leading ball carrier, rushing for 95 yards and a score, while senior Brady Moulzolf ran for 82 yards and senior Austin Popp added 69.
Senior Joel Zimmerman and Moulzolf picked off passes on defense.