Huskies win home opener (OHS 35, Faribault 14 game recap)
Owatonna football improved to 3-0 with a solid 35-14 victory over Faribault. Julius Franklin ran for about 250 yards and three touchdowns.
Alex Emanuelson added a pair of touchdown passes. And the Huskies defense forced three turnovers. But things didn't begin so well for Owatonna. Their first three trips in the red zone left them empty-handed. That streak snapped when Franklin scored on a 13-yard scamper.
Faribault was in position to even the game up when the Huskies stood their ground in a goal line stand. Five plays later Emanuelson found Isaac Rocha on a 57-scoring strike. The ball was tipped by the Falcons defender and by Rocha. OHS led 14-0 at the half.
The Falcons scored on a 67-yard run by Mitch Nagel early in the third quarter to make the score 14-7. After the teams traded punts, the Huskies scored on consecutive drives. Each of those started on the Faribault side of midfield; as the Falcons punter hit the ball short. Emanuelson found Alec Holcomb to cap a drive late in the third quarter. Franklin got into the end zone from 2 yards out early in the fourth for a 28-7 advantage.
Faribault got a 62-yard Hart-to-Hart touchdown connection and had a couple more chances with the ball, but Franklin put the contest out of reach with a 75-yard dash with two-and-a-half minutes to play.
The #3 ranked Huskies will host top-rated Mankato West at 7:00 Friday night September 19. Listen at KRFO AM 1390, online at krforadio.com or with the FREE RadioPup app for your mobile device.
Mankato West dominated Mankato East 40-7.....Rochester Mayo debuted their new turf field with a record setting 62-14 victory over Winona.....Rochester Century handled Red Wing 36-13....Rochester JM stomped on Austin 51-27.....Northfield whipped Albert Lea 49-6.
In other action, Blooming Prairie routed Lester Prairie 41-6. John Rumpza threw six touchdown passes......Triton rushed by Dover-Eyota 78-25 with 489 yards on the ground.....Faribault BA outscored NRHEG 35-20.....Waterville put up a pair of fourth quarter TD's to beat Medford 28-14.