The Redwood Valley football team dominated an inferior opponent once again Oct. 11 in Windom, rolling to a 40-0 shutout of the Eagles.

The Cardinals (6-1) kept their momentum following a 34-6 rout of rival Pipestone Area by cruising to a 34-0 halftime advantage over the Eagles and calling off the dogs from there en route to an easy victory.

“I thought we played a very solid overall game,” Coach Matt Lundeen said. “We’re dealing with some injuries, but guys are stepping in and playing well.”

Senior Jordan Mertens had a big night, scoring on a 50-yard interception return in the second quarter and also adding a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Carter Johnson scored on a pair of touchdown runs (20, 5 yards) in the first quarter, and Carter Guetter scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to cap off the first half.

Sophomore Drew Lundeen would break free for a 37-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Senior offensive/defensive lineman Kaleb Haase got in on the fun in the first half, plunging in from two yards out to convert a two-point conversion.

Mertens had three catches for 46 yards, Carson Woodford added one catch for eight yards and Alex Lang had one catch for four yards.

The Cardinals racked up 304 yards on the ground and finished with 362 yards of total offense.

Bryant Haas was 4-of-6 passing for 50 yards on a night where the weather conditions favored the run game.

Johnson led a balanced ground attack with 64 yards and two scores, Maverick Goblirsch had 13 carries for 58 yards and Lundeen added three carries for 47 yards and a score.

Adam Bommersbach had six carries for 38 yards (including a 21-yard scamper), Guetter added two carries for 33 yards, Jaxon Lang had six carries for 28 yards (and also had a couple of nice runs called back due to penalties), Isaac Louwagie had two carries for 23 yards and Aeneas Pacheco added two carries for eight yards.

Defensive stats were unavailable.

“I thought our defense played a great game,” Lundeen said. “Kaleb (Haase) and Carter (Johnson) were dominant, and despite being a cold and windy night we were able to control the line of scrimmage.”

The Cardinals are action against Blue Earth Area tonight and will then gear up for the Section 3AA postseason.

The Cardinals will be the number one seed and will receive a first-round bye in the six-team Section. They will play Windom or LCWM Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.

Pipestone should be the number two seed, followed by Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.