TRUMAN - Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman's Jared Green ran 32 times for 259 yards and two touchdowns, including the tying and game-winning scores, to lead the Jaguars to a 20-14 Southern Confederacy League football victory over the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs on Wednesday night in Truman.
Despite the Bulldogs jumping out to a 14-0 lead just 6 minutes and 50 seconds into the game, the Jaguars responded in the second half to surge to victory.
Green, who amassed 278 of the Jaguars 362 yards of offense, broke two tackles and outsprinted the Bulldogs' defense along the sideline to score the 19-yard TD with 9:59 left in the game to tie it at 14-14.
LONG RETURN — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman’s Jericho Pults (12) returns a punt for long yardage as Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton’s Devon Lynch (82) and Tyler Oelke (2) pursue during Southern Confederacy League football action Wednesday night in Truman. Photo by Leanna Becker
"I thought our line did a great job of blocking for us tonight, especially in the second half. And the amount of yards that Jared was able to get, he just ran behind them and did a great job of carrying us tonight," said Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman head coach Lee Dallager.
The Jaguars (3-5), who await today's official QRF rankings for the Section 3A playoffs, will likely travel to Adrian for a 7 p.m. quarterfinal on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs were driving on the next possession, when quarterback Sawyer Gahler broke out for a 19-yard run to put the ball on the Jaguars 49.
GHEC/Truman's Dylan Petrowiak became a hero when he snagged an interception and returned it to the Bulldogs' 34 with just under nine minutes to play.
The Jaguars then handed off to Green four straight times, where he punctuated the drive with a 6-yard TD run to make it 20-14 with 6:50 left in the game.
Gahler scored twice for the Bulldogs in the first quarter to give them the quick two-score lead.
On the opening drive, Gahler scrambled on a broken pass play and wheeled around the edge to sprint for the 25-yard score to make it 6-0 with 8:56 left.
The Jaguars had an opportunity to respond on their first drive of the game when Petrowiak caught a Chandler Greier pass for 11 yards. After being hit out-of-bounds, a personal foul tacked on another 15 yards.
An incomplete pass and a broken play led to a punt for the Jaguars.
Gehler and company took over and on the first play, Billy Steinhauer blasted through the line for 24 of his 33 yards, giving the Bulldogs possession on their 44.
Another 2-yard gain from Steinhauer and a three-yard run from Ian Jewison kept the drive going for JWP.
On third and five, Gehler struck for the second score of the game, scampering through the Jaguar defenders for the 51-yard score. The extra-point run from Gehler gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead with 5:10 on the clock.
"There is no question we came out flat to start the game tonight. We were slow starting, but once we finally got going, got some big plays, we were able to finally score and play some football," said Dallager.
The Jaguars managed to captitalize on their third trip into the redzone when Greier connected with Petrowiak on a slant across the middle for the 28-yard score, a conversion pass to Lucas Maday made it 14-8 with 39.9 seconds left in the half.
"This win gives us a lot of confidence and momentum that will be helpful for us in the playoffs. Tonight's win was great for the seniors, in their last home game," said Dallager. "We don't know yet where we'll play, but I'm proud of how our kids hung in there tonight."
Green rushed for 259 yards of ground offense, while he caught two passes for 19 yards to lead the Jaguars.
Petrowiak carried the ball 10 times for 29 yards and added four catches for 65 yards, while Jeremy Smith made two catches for 11 yards.
Chandler Greier went 8 of 21 passing for 95 yards, throwing one touchdown for the Jaguars.
JWP's Gehler ran 16 times for 154 yards and completed seven of 21 passes for 46 yards with two interceptions.
Tyler Cowdin had four catches for the Bulldogs for 50 yards.
JWP 14 0 0 0 - 14
GHEC/T 0 8 0 12 - 20
JWP - Sawyer Gahler 25 run (pass fail), 8:56.
JWP - Gahler 51 run (Gahler run), 5:10.
GHEC/T - Dylan Petrowiak 28 yard pass from Chandler Greier (Lucas Maday pass), 39.9
GHEC/T - Jared Green 19 run (pass fail), 9:59.
GHEC/T - Green 6 run (run fail), 6:50.
First Downs: JWP: 11; GHEC/T: 13. Rushing: JWP: 36-215; GHEC/T: 50-267. Passing: JWP: 7-21-2-46; GHEC/T: 8-21-0-95. Fumbles-lost: JWP: 1-1; GHEC/T: 6-2. Penalties: JWP: 4-45; GHEC/T: 5-30.
Offense: Rushing: Jared Green (GHEC/T) 32-259; Sawyer Gahler (JWP) 16-154; Billy Steinhauer (JWP) 10-33; Dylan Petrowiak (GHEC/T) 10-29. Passing: Chandler Greier (GHEC/T) 8-21-0-95; Sawyer Gahler (JWP) 7-20-2-46. Receiving: Dylan Petrowiak (GHEC/T) 4-65; Tyler Cowdin (JWP) 4-50; Jared Green (GHEC/T) 2-19; Jeremy Smith (GHEC/T) 2-11.
Defense: Fumble Recoveries: Travis Koon (GHEC/T) and Devon Lynch (JWP). Interceptions: Dylan Petrowiak (GHEC/T) and Jeremy Smith (GHEC/T).
Maple River 28, Martin County West 20 - The Eagles snuck past the Mavericks, 28-20, in a Gopher Valley Conference football game in Sherburn on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks came back from a 7-0 deficit after the first quarter to tie the game at 14-14 by halftime. The Eagles, however, managed to score 14 points and held the Mavericks to six points in the fourth to squeeze out the win.
MCW's Jake Faber went 3-for-16 passing for 75 yards and two interceptions and one touchdown. Austin Krumwiede went 2 of 6 passing for 22 yards and one TD to lead the offense.
Faber also ran the ball seven times for 20 yards, while Krumwiede ran five times for 35 yards.
Mitch Sitzmann added 12 carries for 16 yards, along with catching three passes for 34 yards for the Mavericks.
Cordell Weber caught three passes for 63 yards for MCW.
Martin County West (3-2), who awaits today's official QRF rankings, will likely host United South Central in a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Sherburn.
Madelia 28, Randolph 26 - Blackhawks' linebacker Jake Denn blocked Randolph's 22-yard field-goal attempt with 1:14 left in the game to ground the Rockets, 28-26, in a Southern Confederacy League game on Wednesday night in Randolph.
Madelia's Bryon Forstner returned a Rockets' kickoff 72 yards to tie the game up a 6-6 in the opening quarter.
After Randolph took the lead again at 14-6, Devin Ulmen brought in a 9-yard pass from Adam Cooling for the score. A Cooling run for 2 points evened the game at 14-14.
Yet again, the Rockets took the lead, 20-14, before Cooling's 3-yard run tied things up again at 20-20.
In the fourth quarter, the Rockets connected on a 75-yard pass to take the 26-20 lead, but with 6:20 on the clock, Cooling scored on a 2-yard run. Cooling then passed to Riley Benzel for the 2-point conversion to give the Blackhawks their only lead of the game.
Denn would do the rest, blocking the Rockets' final scoring attempt to win the game.
Madelia (6-2), who awaits today's official QRF rankings for Section 2 9-Man playoffs, will likely host the Minnesota Academy for the Deaf in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal game on Tuesday.