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Roundup: West Central Area-Ashby looking like Section 6AA contender through 2-0 start

Brandon-Evansville, Minnewaska shut out by section powers.

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West Central Area-Ashby's Anthony Sykora celebrates a touchdown in the Knights' season opener on Sept. 3, 2021. Sykora had plenty to celebrate in week two as he ran for 187 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries in a 48-12 win over Staples-Motley that moved the Knights to 2-0. (Contributed photo by Brooke Kern / Grant County Herald)

The West Central Area-Ashby football team is looking like a top contender in the Section 6AA and Midwest (White) District standings with Osakis after two weeks.

Both the Silverstreaks and Knights are 2-0, and WCA-Ashby did it in dominant fashion on Friday night in beating Staples-Motley, 48-12.

The Knights led 34-0 at the half to blow this game open early. Staples-Motley (1-1) put up 245 yards through the air, but the Knights dominated on the ground (41 carries, 333 yards) and in time of possession (36:00 to 12:00).

Anthony Sykora and Hunter Norby both finished with more than 100 yards rushing as Sykora put up 187 and 4 touchdowns. He did that on just 17 carries. Norby averaged 13 yards per carry as he scored a touchdown and put up 117 yards on nine touches.

Evan Paulson completed 3-of-5 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ryder Staples caught a 33-yard touchdown pass, and Torin Olson scored on a 10-yard touchdown.

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Sivert Klefsaas scored both touchdowns for Staples-Motley.

Mattson Hoff led the Knights defensively with six tackles, a sack and two total tackles for loss. Olson also had two interceptions for WCA-Ashby.

The Knights welcome in Pillager for a game in Barrett on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in a Section 6AA matchup. The Huskies are 0-2 after losses to Hawley and Otter Tail Central.

WCA-ASHBY 6 28 14 0 - 48

STAPLES-MOTLEY 0 0 12 0 - 12

TOTALS - WCA-ASHBY - Total offense - 398; Turnovers - 3; Penalties - 6-45; Time of possession - 36:00; STAPLES-MOTLEY - Total offense - 274; Penalties - 4-35; Turnovers - 2; Time of possession - 12:00

WCA-ASHBY OFFENSE - PASSING - Evan Paulson - 3-5, 65 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; Brady Lindquist - 0-5, INT; RUSHING - Anthony Sykora - 17-187, 4 TD; Hunter Norby - 9-117, TD; Evan Paulson - 4-34; Nas Dotts - 2-5; Brady Lindquist - 1-3; Torin Olson - 1-0; Sam Hanson - 2-(-2); Mattson Hoff - 4-(-11); RECEIVING - Ryder Staples - 1-33, TD; Anthony Sykora - 1-22; Torin Olson - 1-10, TD

WCA-ASHBY DEFENSE - Mattson Hoff - 6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL; Sykora - 3.5 tackles; Carson Spangler - 3.5 tackles; Nas Dotts - 3.5 tackles; Brady Lindquist - 3 tackles; Cole Anderson - 3 tackles, 2 TFL; Colton Lindquist - 3 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Ruebens Swanson - 2 tackles; Sam Hanson - 2 tackles; Tyler Stone - 2 tackles; Parker Stach - 2 tackles; Hunter Norby - 1.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Sam Heeter - 1.5 tackles; Beau Robinson - 1 tackle; Jake Norby - 1 tackle; Blake Flint - 0.5 tackle; Torin Olson - 2 interceptions

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Warriors overpower Chargers

Brandon-Evansville ran into a talented Wheaton-Herman-Norcross team on Friday night as the Warriors improved to 2-0 with a 44-0 win that dropped the Chargers to 0-2.

The Warriors put up 400 yards of total offense on 225 yards rushing and 175 yards passing. They opened up the game in the fourth quarter by scoring 22 points after leading 16-0 at the half.

“Hard fought game against a very physical opponent,” B-E head coach Tim Pattrin said. “ I'm very proud about how our guys battled to the end. We'll learn from this and get ready for next week."

Brandon-Evansville was held to 151 yards on 55 plays. The Chargers ran for 139 yards, with 108 of those coming from senior Tyler Bitzan. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Bitzan also led B-E defensively with six tackles. Logan Haburn and Lucas Fuller also totaled six tackles.

B-E 0 0 0 0 - 0

WHN 8 8 6 22 - 44

TOTALS - B-E - Total offense - 55-151; Turnovers - 2; Penalties - 0-0; Time of possession - 25:25; First downs - 11; WHN - Total offense - 50-400; Penalties - 5-50; Turnovers - 1; Time of possession - 20:05; First downs - 19

B-E OFFENSE - PASSING - Titus Fuller - 4-10, 12 yards, INT; RUSHING - Tyler Bitzan - 20-108; Titus Fuller - 14-31; Logan Haburn - 8-10; Sully Wales - 1-2; Micah Fuller - 2-(-12); RECEIVING - Dezmond White - 1-6; John Roers - 1-5; Carter White - 2-1

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B-E DEFENSE - Tyler Bitzan - 6 tackles; Logan Haburn - 6 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Lucas Fuller - 6 tackles; Titus Fuller - 3.5 tackles; Carter White - 2.5 tackles; Ben Seifert - 1.5 tackles; John Roers - 1.5 tackles; Aaron Gillespie - 1.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Sully Wales - 1 tackle; Stevie Hamilton - 1 tackle; Dezmond White - 0.5 tackle; Will Englund - 0.5 tackle; Kayla Bitzan-Anderson - 0.5 tackle

KICKOFF RETURNS - Carter White - 4-70; Jaxon Gackle - 1-40; Dezmond White - 1-13

Pierz too much for Minnewaska

Minnewaska (0-2) ran into one of the best teams in its Section 6-3A field on Friday night as Pierz (2-0) won a 41-0 game.

The Pioneers posted their second straight shutout after beating Holdingford 20-0 in the season opener. Trevor Radunz ran for two touchdowns for Pierz, while Mitch Smude, Kirby Fischer and Zach Jones also found the end zone.

PJ Johnson completed 7-of-12 passes for Minnewaska for 85 yards. Jacob Blair had two catches for a team-best 32 yards, while Johnson also led the ground game for the Lakers (0-2) with 20 yards on 13 carries.

MINNEWASKA 0 0 0 0 - 0

PIERZ 7 21 6 7 - 41

TOTALS - Minnewaska - Total offense - 39-110; Penalties - 2-15; Time of possession - 18:49; First downs - 6; Pierz - Total offense - 50-308; Penalties - 2-54; Time of possession - 29:11; First downs - 16

MINNEWASKA OFFENSE - PASSING - PJ Johnson - 7-12, 85 yards, INT; RUSHING - PJ Johnson - 13-20; Austin Ballhagen - 1-6; J Lien - 2-5; Dalton Friedrichs - 7-9; Jack Majerus - 1-5; RECEIVING - Blake Andreas - 2-16; Jacob Blair - 2-32; Lien - 1-1; Gage Rogers - 1-24; Friedrichs - 1-12

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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