Late touchdown helps JCC escape with 26-24 win over Redwood Valley

A late fourth quarter touchdown helped visiting Jackson County Central edge previously unbeaten Redwood Valley 26-24 Friday night in a homecoming showdown at Inglis Field.

It was a disappointing loss for the Cardinals (5-1) who were looking to end a long losing streak to the Huskies (5-1). Despite the loss the Cards have a great shot to nab the top seed in the upcoming Section 3AA playoffs with games remaining against Windom Area and MCW.

Leading 21-20 in the third quarter, the Cards appeared to score another touchdown to add to their lead, but a holding call negated the touchdown. They would have to settle for a 27-yard Tommy Amberg field goal to go up 24-20.

The Huskies would take advantage of a Cardinal fumble on the 49-yard line with just over five minutes remaining. Zach Neal would then cap off a nine play drive by scoring from a yard out with 2:13 left to play to give the Huskies what amounted to the game winning points.

It was a quiet night for the Cardinal offense, as the Huskies outgained the Cards 352 yards (243 rushing) to 212.

Mitch Irlbeck was 15-of-23 passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns and had 14 carries for 22 yards and a score. Cole Woodford had another strong outing, hauling in four catches for 70 yards and touchdowns of 37 and 18 yards (both in the first half). Logan Josephson had 10 carries for 30 yards and five catches for 15 yards. Tayte Harazin added three catches for 24 yards, and Kyle Huhnerkoch an acrobatic catch for 30 yards.

Josephson paced the defense with 10 tackles (eight solo) and two tackles-for-loss. Logan Prouty had seven tackles (six solo), Kaleb Haase added seven tackles and a tackle-for-loss, Huhnerkoch and Spencer Quast each had seven tackles and Woodford added an interception.

The Cardinals fell to seventh in the latest Class AA poll, while the Huskies are ranked 11th in Class AAA.

Jackson Co. Central 26, Redwood Valley 24