Historic Redwood Valley defense pitches fifth shutout of the season in 34-0 win over MCW

Pitching its fifth shutout of the season the Redwood Valley Cardinals rolled to a 34-0 demolition of visiting Martin Co. West Wednesday night in the regular season finale held at Inglis Field.

With the victory the Cardinals (8-0) - ranked third in the latest Class AA poll - will head into the postseason as the South Central (White) District champs and the top seed in the upcoming Section 3AA playoffs. The Cards have earned a first round bye and will face the winner of the GFW (4-4) vs. St. James Area (3-3) match-up on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Inglis Field.

It was another brilliant defensive effort by the Cardinals who earned their fifth shutout of the season to tie a school record. In the modern era, former Coach Rick Ellingworth’s 1982 team also had five shutouts (nine games). The 1902 and 1940 teams both had six shutouts and the 1914 team coached by Earl Obermeyer had eight shutouts in 11 games.

The defense also set a new school record for points allowed in a regular season surrendering just 40 in eight games to break the previous mark of 49 set by the 1993 Cards coached by Dennis Stoterau. The ‘93 team was also the last Cardinal team to go a perfect 8-0 in the regular season and it was the first such feat for Coach Matt Lundeen in his 20th season.

After allowing just 44 yards and four first downs to Windom Area, the Cards allowed just 120 yards and seven first downs to the Mavericks. The Cardinal offense also came to play, scoring twice early on in the first quarter on a 40-yard run from Adam Bommersbach and a 16-yard run from Carter Guetter. Cole Woodford and Jed Hansen added the two-point conversion runs and it was 16-0 after a quarter of play.

The Cards added two more scores in the second quarter, one on a 5-yard pass from Alex Louwagie to Woodford and the other on a 40-yard strike from Louwagie to Guetter with just 30 second remainingin the half. On the last touchdown to Guetter, the Cards were facing a 3rd-and-16 from the Mavs 40-yard line but Louwagie would find Guetter on a seam route down the left side for the score.

In the game’s final minute, the regular season was capped off in style as freshman Drew Lundeen took the handoff around the left end and would scamper 14-yards for the touchdown.

The Cards would finish with 391 yards of total offense (258 rushing). Louwagie was 6-of-9 passing for 89 yards and two scores and Bryant Haas came in and was 7-of-12 for 59 yards. Bommersbach had four carries for 69 yards and a score, Haas added five carries for 41 yards and Jaxon Lang added seven carries for 35 yards. Logan Prouty added five carries for 23 yards, Guetter had one carry for 16 yards and a score, Lundeen added one carry for 14 yards and a score, Omar Arredondo had two carries for 11 yards and Andy Fischer added two carries for 11 yards. Brennan Sander had three catches for 29 yards, Jordan Mertens had three catches for 24 yards, Guetter had one reception for 40 yards and a score, Bronson Smith had one catch for 18 yards and Kyle Huhnerkoch had two catches for 13 yards. Fischer led the defense with eight tackles (three solo), 1 1/2 tackles-for-

loss and a fumble recovery. Corbin Wabasha had nine tackles and a tackle-for-loss, Tayte Harazin had six tackles and 1 1/2 tackles-for-loss, Prouty had five tackles and a fumble recovery, Lang, Sander and Matthew Prouty all had fumble recoveries. Pipestone Area (6-2) fell 14-13 to JCC in its regular season finale and the countdown now begins for the upcoming rematch between the Arrows and Cards.

Redwood Valley 34,  Martin Co. West 0