The Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles pummeled Moose Lake/Willow River 60-0 at the Class AA state football tournament Thursday night in Forest Lake.

Eden Valley-Watkins led 24-0 after the first quarter. Nolan Geislinger started the scoring with a 68 yard touchdown run just under three minutes into the game, then added a 56 yard touchdown pass to Parker Schultz and a 55 yard touchdown toss to Wyatt Moehrle before the end of the opening quarter.

Junior Max Geislinger's nine yard touchdown run gave the Eagles a 32-0 lead late in the second quarter. Nolan Geislinger continued the onslaught with a 75 yard touchdown run before throwing a 25 yard touchdown pass to Landon Neiman to give Eden Valley-Watkins a 48-0 halftime lead.

Neiman would add a third quarter touchdown reception to make the score 54-0 and the Eagles capped the scoring early in the fourth quarter with a Blake Glenz touchdown run.

Eden Valley-Watkins improves to 11-0 with the win and will play against Cannon Falls in the state semifinals on Friday, November 17th. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m..

photo - Andrew Ritter
photo - Andrew Ritter


The ROCORI Spartans topped the Orono Spartans 28-27 in a Class AAAA quarterfinal in Elk River.

The teams each scored a touchdown in the first quarter. Christian Rodriguez gave ROCORI a 7-0 lead with an 11 yard touchdown run, but Orono answered with a Liam Rodgers run to tie the game at seven.

Orono took a 14-7 lead when senior Brady McPherson took an interception to the house in the second quarter and a Rodgers 4 yard touchdown run made the score 21-7 in favor of Orono at the half.

ROCORI pulled within eight on a 38 yard, third quarter touchdown run from quarterback Will Steil that made the score 21-13.

In the fourth quarter the ROCORI Spartans were able to tie the game with a 26 yard touchdown pass from Steil to Grant Tylutki and a Tylutki run for the two point conversion.

Orono answered with a Charlie Cordes touchdown for a 27-21 lead, but a two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

Tylutki scored again to tie the game for ROCORI before punching in the extra point himself for the 28-27 win.

The Spartans (10-2) will play against Byron on Thursday, November 16th at 4 p.m. in Minneapolis.

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