Louwagie throws for two scores in 19-8 Cardinal victory

A pair of second half touchdowns helped lead Redwood Valley to a 19-8 victory over host Luverne Friday night in a South Central (White) District showdown.

The victory improves the state-ranked Cardinals overall record to a perfect 3-0 heading into Friday night’s match-up with St. James Area. The Saints (2-1) opened the season 2-0 but came back down to earth on Friday in a 26-0 loss to Pipestone Area.

Friday night the Cardinals grabbed a 7-0 first quarter lead on Luverne as Cole Woodford hauled in a 6-yard touchdown reception from Alex Louwagie.

Luverne would take advantage of a blocked punt in Redwood Valley territory to set up their first points of the game, as Ben Serie took it in from 8-yards out. The two-point conversion was also good and Luverne would take an 8-7 lead into the half.

Redwood Valley would come out right away in the third quarter and reclaim the lead. A big 37-yard reception from Kyle Huhnerkoch moved the ball into the redzone. From there, the Cards would use the legs of Logan Prouty and Louwagie to pound the ball into the endzone as Prouty scored from a yard out.

The two-point conversion attempt was no good but Redwood Valley would go back on top 13-8.

The defense came up with a big play next as Huhnerkoch intercepted a Serie pass with Luverne driving to turn the ball back over to the Cards. The Cardinal offense would then take advantage of the INT by driving 55-yards on six plays, capped off on a 22-yard catch by Carter Guetter. The extra point was no good but the Cards would lead 19-8 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Luverne would move into Redwood territory on their next possession and a roughing the passer penalty negated a Woodford INT to give Luverne a 1st-and-10 on the Redwood Valley 12-yard line. The defense would come up big however, stopping Luverne on four plays to turn the ball over on downs.

Following a Cardinal punt, Luverne would have one more opportunity on offense but Connor Josephson would recover a fumble to essentially end the game.

Luverne would finish with 252 yards of total offense (148 passing) compared to 247 for Redwood Valley (160 passing). Redwood Valley was plus-four in the turnover battle (6-2) and was 3-of-3 in the redzone compared to 1-of-4 for Luverne. Redwood Valley’s ability to score in the redzone while keeping their opponents from doing the same has been a key to the 3-0 start.

It was another huge night for Woodford who finished with seven catches for 86 yards and a score. Defensively he had two solo tackles and two INT’s (another one was called back due to a penalty). Through three games he has an eye-opening six INT’s.

Louwagie was impressive in his second career start, completing 10-of-15 passes for 154 yards, two touchdowns and an INT. He also had eight carries for 19 yards. Prouty led the ground game with 19 carries for 50 yards and a score and Omar Arredondo added eight carries for 22 yards and was 1-for-1 passing for six yards. Huhnerkoch had three catches for 52 yards and added four tackles (three solo) and an INT. Guetter added one catch for 22 yards and a score.

Josiah Hultquist added four tackles and a tackle-for-loss, Chad Maddock had five tackles and a tackle-for-loss and Michael Mace added three tackles. Josephson, Carter Johnson and Bryant Haas all recovered fumbles as the Cards forced six turnovers.

Redwood Valley 19,  Luverne 8

First Quarter RV - Woodford 6-yard pass from Louwagie (Vraalstad kick) Second Quarter RV - Serie 8-yard run (2-point conversion good) Third Quarter RV - Prouty 1-yard run (2-point failed) Fourth Quarter RV - Guetter 22-yard pass from Louwagie (kick failed)