JCC jumps out to early lead and rolls past Redwood Valley 35-7

A punishing JCC ground game proved too much for Redwood Valley to handle  Friday night in Jackson as the Huskies rolled past the Cardinals 35-7 in a battle of state-ranked unbeatens.
It was the 13th straight win for the Huskies over the Cardinals, who are just 2-18 in the past 20 match-ups  and haven’t defeated JCC since upsetting them in the Section championship back in 2003.
The Huskies (7-0) - ranked number two in Class AAA - racked up 354 yards on the ground (482 total) and had 28 first downs to just 14 for the Cardinals.
It was the first loss of the season for Redwood Valley - ranked third in Class AA - who fell to 6-1 on the season.
Despite the loss, with a winnable game over Windom Area (2-5) Wednesday night at home the Cardinals should lock down the number one seed in the upcoming Section 3AA postseason tournament.
The Cardinals will host Martin Co. West (0-8) on Tuesday night in quarterfinal action.
The rest of the Section 3AA match-ups were undetermined heading into the final night of the regular season.  YME (5-2) was the number two seed but had to face unbeaten BOLD and Lakeview (6-1) was the three seed but had to battle unbeaten Minneota.
Those two teams could flip-flop positions depending on the outcomes.
Pipestone Area (3-4) had a tough game against Blue Earth Area (4-3) but should stay put as the fourth seed.
The Cards could very well have to face the Arrows in what would be an interesting Section 3AA semifinal match-up.
Friday night, the Huskies set the tone right off the bat with a 12 play, 76-yard drive culminating in a 3-yard touchdown run from Jacob Tvinnerelm that put the hometeam up 7-0.
The Cards had a chance to answer on their first possession, driving down to the Husky 12-yard line before a fumble ended the drive.
The Huskies increased the lead to 14-0 in the second quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run from Nico Feroni.
Again, the Cards put together a drive deep into Husky territory but would turn the ball over on downs at the JCC 17-yard line.
The Huskies responded with another drive to end the first half, as Tvinnerelm capped off a nine play, 73-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run to put the hometeam up 21-0 at the half.
The Cardinals would crack the scoreboard in the third quarter as Mitch Irlbeck connected with Bailey Sommers on a 26-yard touchdown strike that cut the lead to 21-7.
It was the 17th touchdown pass of thes season for Irlbeck and his 26th career touchdown throw as he tied the career mark set by Mike Karsky (2001-2004).
Through seven games he has completed 71-of-108 passes for 1,369 yards, 17 touchdowns and just four INT’s.  He is just two away from the single season mark of 19 set by Luke Radel in 2004.
Sommers meanwhile had nine touchdown receptions, creeping closer to the season mark of 12 set by Bryan Busack (2004) and Tommy Ellingworth (2002).
The Huskies would answer back with another touchdown run from Tvinnerelm just three minutes later and he would tack on his fourth of the night late in the fourth to cap off the scoring.
Tvinnerelm would finish with 25 carries for 156 yards and four touchdowns and Feroni added 19 carries for 148 yards and a score.
Irlbeck would finish 11-of-21 passing for 158 yards a score and an INT and had seven carries for 31 yards.
James Pendleton hauled in four catches for 60 yards and Sommers had three catches for 54 yards and a score.
Jared Lund led the ground game with five carries for 41 yards and added two catches for 10 yards.
Tucker Machart had seven carries for 14 yards and one reception for 18 yards and Cain Bratsch added four carries for 16 yards.
Defensively, the Cards were led by a strong effort from Lund with 11 tackles (seven solo), a tackle-for-loss and a forced fumble.
Machart added nine tackles (six solo), Ethan Whited had eight tackles (four solo) and a tackle-for-loss and Irlbeck had five tackles (four solo).
Jacob Gould added two tackles-for-loss, Corbin Wabasha had four tackles and a tackle-for-loss and Alex Louwagie added two forced fumbles.
The Cards should gain a boost to the line-up with the return of junior RB/LB Logan Josephson who has been nursing an ankle injury.

Jackson Co. Central        35
Redwood Valley               7
First Quarter
JCC - Tvinnerelm 3-yd run (kick good)
Second Quarter
JCC - Feroni 7-yd run (kick good)
JCC - Tvinnerelm 7-yd run (kick good)
Third Quarter
RV - Sommers 26-yd pass from Irlbeck (Amberg kick)
Fourth Quarter
JCC - Tvinnerelm 5-yd run (kick good)