A tough second quarter doomed the Worthington Trojans Friday night in their home opener of the fall 2021 football season, as visiting Jordan scored four touchdowns on its way to a 41-14 victory over WHS at Trojan Field.
Noah Millhouse threw two touchdown passes to Alex Mizsak and Jake Olson tossed a TD to Nate Kes on a halfback option play. That 58-yard TD put the Trojans down 20-0 at the point, and the Hubmen led Worthington 27-0 at the half.
The Trojans, however, stayed resilient and hung with Jordan the remainder of the game. Quarterback Jake Brandner scored on a quarterback sneak moments after a 84-yard interception return by Abagotte Apiew to cut the deficit to 27-6. Later, Worthington answered a Hubmen TD drive with a score of its own, as Nasim Zeidi capped the possession with a 4-yard TD run. The subsequent two-point conversion was run in by junior offensive lineman/running back Anthony Linder.
Statistically for WHS, Brandner ran for 94 yards and was 4-of-13 passing for 75 yards. Anthony Dorcey led the Trojan rushing game with 53 yards. Luke Gordon had a pair of receptions for 66 yards.
Worthington will travel to Pipestone next Friday to face the Arrows. We’ll have pre-game at 6:45 p.m. and the kickoff at 7 p.m. on 104.3, The Bridge.
Playing in their home opener Saturday afternoon at Trojan Field, the Minnesota West Bluejays struggled to move the ball offensively and were hampered by special teams mistakes as they dropped a 21-0 decision to North Dakota State College of Science.
After much of the first half stayed scoreless, it was the Wildcats who broke the deadlock on a 1-yard TD pass with 3:54 remaining in the second quarter. It was 6-0 NDSCS at halftime, and the Wildcats scored a 1-yard quarterback keeper with 10:43 left in the third quarter, with a successful two-point conversion making it 14-0.
The Bluejays’ defense simply wound up spending too much time on the field, and Minnesota West was also victimized by a pair of very short punts as well as snap on a punt that was dropped and ended with an incomplete pass that put NDSCS deep in Jays’ territory. The offense was limited to just 61 total yards; 96 passing and a negative-35-yard rushing total.
The Bluejays, now 0-2 on the season, will be back home next week for an 11 a.m. game against Mesabi Range. That game will also be broadcast live on 104.3 The Bridge.
In high school football around the region Friday night, it was:
Edgerton 62, Madelia 8
Mountain Lake Area 24, Red Rock Central 0
Hills-Beaver Creek 56, Granada-Huntley-East Chain-Truman 0
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 38, Lac qui Parle Valley 13
Fairmont 27, Marshall 7
South O’Brien 34, Sheldon 28 (2 OT)
Okoboji 26, Sibley-Ocheyedan 7
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 44, Gehlen Catholic-LeMars 33
Spirit Lake 49, Forest City 0
Northwood Kensett 32, Harris-Lake Park 29
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 28, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 21
In high school volleyball action, it was Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 3, Murray County Central 0 on Friday. Spirit Lake, Iowa recorded three 2-0 victories Saturday over Storm Lake, Estherville/Lincoln Center and Algona in a seven-team volleyball tournament in Algona.