It was a tough opening week for the local football teams. The Huskies, Blossoms, Panthers and Tigers all lost Friday. Triton dropped their opener Thursday.

Owatonna lost 34-19 to Mankato West at the Owatonna High School football field. West rushed for about 350 yards. The Scarlets are mostly intact from a team that nearly made it to the Prep Bowl last season. West scored on their opening drive of the game and tacked on a score in the closing minute of the second quarter to take a 13-0 lead into halftime.

West held OHS to less than 50 yards in the first half. The deficit got bigger for the Huskies as the Scarlets opened the second half with a 12-play, six-minute drive to take a 20-0 lead. Owatonna answered with a pair of touchdowns in a 90-second span. Jacob Gauthier hit Alex Raichle in stride on a slant for a 67-yard TD strike. Two plays later Raichle intercepted a pass, giving Owatonna the ball at the West 27-yard line. Gautheir raced in for a 21-yard score a couple of plays later to trim the deficit to 20-12.

Mankato West scored a short time later for a 27-12 advantage. A 49-yard run by CJ Terry set up a short touchdown run. Owatonna started the ensuing drive at their one-yard line but drove 99 yards in 15 plays to pull within 27-19 with over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. West answered with a 76-yard drive and the final points in a 34-19 victory.

Raichle earned the Kottke Jeweler's Diamond Player of the Game Award. The Huskies host Rochester JM on Friday, September 9, at 7PM.

Football scoreboard, Friday, September 2
Mankato West 34, Owatonna 19
Rushford-Peterson 26, Blooming Prairie 6
Mayer-Lutheran 36, NRHEG 13
Lewiston-Altura 41, Medford 0
Rochester JM 45, Austin 20
Rochester Mayo 29, Faribault 16
Winona 28, Rochester Century 12
Mankato East 36, New Prague 7
Northfield 48, Red Wing 13
Pine Island 14, Lake City 13
Plainview-Elgin-Millville 33, Winona Cotter 19
Hayfield 34, Mankato Loyola 0
WEM 46, St. James Area 10
Wabasha-Kellog 21 Faribault BA 14
Goodhue 33, Kenyon-Wanamingo 7
Stewartville 34, Chatfield 14
Caledonia 42, La Crescent 14
Fillmore Central 7, JWP 0