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Area Sports Roundup: Oct. 9, 2021

Brendon Schmidtke tossed four first-half touchdowns and the unbeaten, state-ranked Fairmont Cardinals rolled to a 46-0 victory over visiting Worthington on Friday night.

Schmidtke threw TD passes of 42 yards and 15 yards to Levi Pooley, as well as a 2-yard TD to Eli Anderson and a 16-yard TD to Hudson Artz. Anderson also had a 32-yard touchdown on a punt return as Fairmont built a 34-0 lead before halftime. Anderson later threw to Hank Artz for a 26-yard TD pass in the third quarter, and backup QB Blaze Geiger connected with Matthew Cone on a 31-yard score in the fourth quarter.

For Worthington, Jacari Swinea carried 12 times for 80 yards to lead the rushing attack; quarterback Jake Brandner was next with 23 yards on six carries. Brandner completed 6-of-17 passes for 59 yards of the Trojans, who are now 0-6 on the season.

Andrew Benson was the lone WHS player with multiple receptions; he had two. Nasim Zeidi was the top tackling Trojan with five solo tackles and four assisted tackles. Drew Dorcey had five total tackles and Teyel Lowe four total tackles.

Worthington will attempt to get its first win of the 2021 season when it hosts Waseca at 7 p.m. Friday.


In other area high school football action Friday, it was:

Red Rock Central 48, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 8

Mountain Lake Area 24, Hills-Beaver Creek 6

Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda 34, Edgerton 8

Murray County Central 24, Martin County West 18

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 69, St. James Area 14

Adrian 38, Wabasso 12

Redwood Valley 46, Windom Area 14

Jackson County Central 36, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 0

Pipestone Area 20, Luverne 16

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 55, Sheldon 0

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 35, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 10

West Lyon 27, Unity Christian 14

Okoboji 35, Cherokee 12

West Sioux 35, Sibley-Ocheyedan 10

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 61, Hinton 13

Harris-Lake Park 41. West Bend Mallard 18

Spirit Lake 55, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 6


It was a long Saturday afternoon on the gridiron for the Minnesota West Bluejays’ football team, which was beaten on the road 64-0 by Itasca.

The Jays found themselves dominated in all facets. Itasca picked up 28 first downs in the game compared to just one for the Trojans, and the home team amassed 671 yards of total offense compared to just 40 for Minnesota West. The Bluejays only trailed by a 17-0 score at half, but Itasca turned the matchup into a rout over the final two quarters.

Kent Lais had six solo tackles and two assisted tackles for Minnesota West, while Tate Gaul added seven total tackles and Duvaughn Williams six total tackles. Offensively, Rashard Williams had the most yardage for the Jays; he had just 26 total yards.

Minnesota West, now 2-5 on the season, will play its final game of the regular season at home against Fergus Falls on Saturday. Game time is 1:30 p.m. at Trojan Field.


The Minnesota West volleyball team split a pair of road matches over the weekend, topping Anoka Ramsey 3-0 on Friday night and falling 3-1 to Century on Saturday.

Game scores against Anoka Ramsey were 25-13, 25-4, 25-13. Shelby Christensen had 15 kills to pace the Lady Jays offensively. Grace Suttle went 15-for-15 serving, Julia Russel had 12 digs and Katie Hummel and Emma Keith combined for 23 set assists in a match that coach Brittney McNab called a much-needed win that featured great, clean volleyball.

On Saturday, Minnesota West was defeated by scores of 26-28, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23. Kennedy Buckneburg had nine kills and 12 digs, Christensen had seven kills and 12 digs, and Emily Dunlop contributed six kills. Russel was 15-of-16 serving with an ace. Hummel and Keith combined for 31 set assists.

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