The West Central Area-Ashby football team easily took care of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in the Section 6AA opener on Tuesday night.
It was a battle of the fourth and fifth-seeded teams in the section, but the Knights (6-3) quickly established themselves as the better team. They led 28-0 at the half and went on to win 42-6.
Jaden Norby had touchdown runs of 4, 7 and 3 yards for the Knights, and he also returned an interception for a touchdown. It was one of two interceptions returned for scores for WCA-A as Jordan Lohse added another in the fourth quarter to make it a 42-0 game. LPGE’s lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run by Gabe Pesta.
Anthony Sykora led an impressive ground attack for the Knights with 109 yards on 10 carries, including a 28-yard touchdown run. Lohse had 104 yards on 10 touches, and Norby finished with 79 yards on 12 carries. The Knights outgained the Thunder (2-7) 386-66 in total yards.
The win for WCA-A sets up a game against top-seeded Osakis in Osakis on Saturday night. The two teams will meet at 7 after not playing each other in the regular season.
The Knights have now won two straight games, while the Silverstreaks (6-2) got a first-round bye after winning five straight games to finish the regular season.
LPGE 0 0 0 6 - 6
WCA-A 8 20 6 8 - 42
TOTALS - WCA-A - Offense - 57-386; Passing - 3-8, 42 yards; Rushing - 49-344; Penalties - 4-30; Turnovers - 2; LPGE - Offense - 41-66; Passing - 4-13, 15 yards; Rushing - 28-51; Penalties - 3-20; Turnovers - 3
WCA-A - PASSING - Jaden Norby - 2-7, 23 yards, INT; Cole Anderson - 1-1, 19 yards; RECEIVING - Torin Olson - 1-19; Mark Adams - 1-15; Jordan Lohse - 1-8; RUSHING - Anthony Sykora - 10-109, TD; Lohse - 10-104; J. Norby - 12-79, 3 TD; Adams - 6-37; Anderson - 3-9; Kaleb Getz - 5-4; Cayden Smith - 2-2; Hunter Norby - 1-0
WCA-A DEFENSE - J. Norby - 6.5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, INT, TD; Matson Hoff - 4 tackles, 1 TFL; H. Norby - 4 tackles, 1 TFL; Connor Nadgwick - 3 tackles; Beau Robinson - 3 tackles; Sykora - 2.5 tackles; Devin Stone - 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL; Adams - 1.5 tackles, 1 TFL; Lohse - 1.5 tackles, INT, TD; Colton Lindquist - 1.5 tackles; Cayden Smith - 1.5 tackles; Derick Novotny - 1 tackle; Tate Christenson - 1 tackle; Kade Olson - 1 tackle