Minnesota West’s football season came to an end Sunday afternoon as the Bluejays were defeated on the road by Central Lakes in a first-round playoff game, 49-8.
Minnesota West had defeated Central Lakes 21-8 in a game this season at Trojan Field, but the Bluejays surrendered three first-quarter touchdowns Sunday and were unable to recover. An eight-yard pass from quarterback Brock Starley to Stephen Lewis with just 13 seconds remaining before halftime -- followed by a Starley-to-Ian Stamer connection on the two-point conversion – proved to be the only Bluejays’ scoring of the day. It was 26-8 Central Lakes at the break, and the home team went on to outpoint Minnesota West 23-0 in the third quarter to complete the lopsided win.
Central Lakes accumulated 406 yards of total offense, while Minnesota West had 154 yards. Rashard Anderson led the Bluejays offensively with 85 yards on 16 carries. Lewis and Travon Sanders had four receptions each in the ballgame. Starley was 10-of-26 passing for 52 yards with one TD and three interceptions.
On defense, Jalen Cole and JayVarion Peters-Johnson each had 12 total tackles for Minnesota West; they each also forced a fumble. Darrick Baartman had an interception for the Bluejays, who finish their year with a 3-6 overall record.
The Minnesota West Lady Jays were defeated at home by Century College 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in their final match of the regular season. Scores were 25-22, 25-15, 25-22.
On Friday evening, the Lady Jays captured a 3-1 home victory over Western Technical College by scores of 25-22, 23-25, 27-25, 25-23. The weekend action leaves Minnesota West with a 13-17 record for the season.
The Worthington Trojans have received the No. 4 seed in the state class AA boys soccer tournament and will play fifth-seeded Richfield at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a quarterfinal match in Farmington.
The Trojans come into the state tournament with an overall record of 17-2 after winning the Section 2AA championship match last Thursday against New Prague, 2-0. Richfield, meanwhile, comes into state with a record of 10-4-4. While Worthington is making its second consecutive appearance in the state tourney, Richfield qualified for the first time since 1975.
Catch Wednesday night’s state tournament soccer action live on 104.3 The Bridge, and streaming live on myradioworks.net and our free Radio Works mobile app.
Also Wednesday, the Worthington High School girls volleyball team will be in action in the first round of the Section 3AAA tournament. WHS, a No. 7 seed, will play at second-seeded Willmar at 7 p.m .
Meanwhile, the Trojans’ football team is scheduled to open its postseason at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a first-round Section 3AAA matchup against Tri-City United in Montgomery. The Trojans got their first victory of the fall last week against New Ulm and is the No. 5 seed. The fourth-seeded Tri-City United team has a record of 3-5. Tuesday night’s football game will also be broadcast on 104.3 The Bridge, as well as live streamed.
In Iowa high school football Friday night, it was:
Spirit Lake 35, Sheldon 7 Central Lyon George Little Rock 57, Iowa Falls-Alden 0 West Lyon 37, E-LC 26 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 46, North Union 31 Newell-Fonda 55, Harris-Lake Park 26