A dominating overall performance helps Redwood Valley stay unbeaten at 3-0

Racing to a 29-6 halftime lead the Redwood Valley Cardinals dominated their way to a 32-16 win over visiting Luverne Friday night at Inglis Field.

It was a dominating performance for unbeaten Redwood Valley (3-0) as they racked up over 300 yards of offense in the first half alone and were never really challenged.

The Cardinals will look to move to 4-0 on Friday when they host St. James Area.

Redwood Valley’s offense was on fire Friday night, scoring touchdowns on four of their first five possession with a missed field goal their only blemish. On the Cards opening touchdown drive, junior Kyle Huhnerkoch hauled in passes of 12 and 19 yards, Tayte Harazin added a 14 yard reception and on the 10th play of the drive Mitch Irlbeck would hit junior Cole Woodford on an 8-yard touchdown strike for an early 7-0 lead.

A 75-yard kick-off return by Luverne would lead to their lone first half touchdown that cut the lead to 7-6 but the Cardinal offense would answer right back.

Matthew Muetzel had a 15-yard run, Woodford hauled in a 25-yard reception and Irlbeck would eventually run it in from 7-yards out to up the lead to 14-6.

In the second quarter the Cards missed a 37-yard field goal but would get a big play from senior Logan Josephson as he scampered 77-yards down the right sideline to put the Cards up 22-6 (Irlbeck would run in the two-poin conversion).

A stout Cardinal defense would force another quick possession by Luverne and the offense would go back to work. Muetzel hauled in a 30-yard reception, Woodford added an 11-yard catch and Irlbeck would cap off a short 4-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown run.

Leading 29-6 at the half, the Cards would put it in cruise control in the second half and coast to their third straight win.

Woodford would score on a 31-yard touchdown reception from Irlbeck in the third quarter for his second of the night.

Redwood Valley dominated the final offensive stats, outgaining Luverne 413-178 (a balanced 201 yards through the air and 192 on the ground). Irlbeck finished 13-of-22 passing for 185 yards and two scores and had seven carries for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Josephson would finish with 13 carries for 124 yards and a score and Woodford had eight catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Huhnerkoch had three catches for 67 yards, Muetzel had two carries for 15 yards and one reception for 30 yards, Amberg had one catch for 12 yards and Alex Louwagie added four carries for 12 yards.

Josephson paced the defense with six tackles (five solo) and a tackle-for-loss and Spencer Quast had five tackles (four solo) and a tackle-for-loss. Corbin Wabasha added five tackles (three solo) and a tackle-for-loss, Logan Prouty had five tackles, Kaleb Haase added four tackles, Huhnerkoch had three tackles and a tackle-for-loss and Harazin had two tackles and a fumble recovery.

Redwood Valley now sits atop the South Central (White) District standings along with Pipestone Area (3-0). Jackson Co. Central (2-1) fell to Blue Earth Area (1-2) 18-6.

Redwood Valley 36,  Luverne 12

First Quarter RV - Woodford 8-yard pass from Irlbeck (Amberg kick) Luv - Serie 1-yard run (kick failed) RV - Irlbeck 7-yard run (Amberg kick) Second Quarter RV - Josephson 77-yard run (Irlbeck rush) RV - Irlbeck 9-yard run (Amberg kick) Third Quarter RV - Woodford 31-yard pass from Irlbeck (Amberg kick) Fourth Quarter Luv - Weston 3-yard run (kick failed)