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Prep football: Schott throws for 3 TDs as Hermantown tops Denfeld

Esko and Northwestern claimed big home victories on Friday.

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Blake Schmitz (12) and Brody Summers (11) of Hermantown celebrate Summers' touchdown reception from quarterback Alex Schott (not pictured) in the first quarter of the game Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Corey Veech Field at Centricity Stadium.
Holden Law / For the News Tribune
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Alex Schott threw three touchdown passes and Hermantown got four rushing touchdowns as the Hawks defeated Duluth Denfeld 54-13 at Corey Veach Field at Centricity Stadium on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

The Hawks (2-2) started out quickly, getting rushing touchdowns in the first quarter from Josh Muelbauer (10 yards), Zach Thorsten (11) and Rocco Ericksen (3) for an early 19-0 lead.

Denfeld's Dashawn Moore returned a kickoff 85 yards to the house to get the Hunters on the board, but Hermantown went to the air, with a 69-yard connection from Schott to Peyton Menzel and ensuing two-point conversion capping a 27-7 first quarter.

Schott later hit Menzel again and threw to Blake Schmitz for a third touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Schott finished 8-for-10 for 186 yards. Muelbauer was the game's leading rusher with 84 yards on 12 carries.

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For Denfeld (1-3), Mace Brooks threw a second-half TD pass to Taye Manns, who had 83 receiving yards on three catches.

Northwestern 50, Chetek-Weyerhauser 0

The Tigers exploded for 38 points in the first quarter to put away their sixth consecutive win and a 4-0 start in the Heart O'North Conference.

Luke Sedin was 8-for-11 through the air for 137 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more.

Tanner Kaufman had rushing and passing touchdowns. Boden Teal was Northwestern's leading rusher with 82 yards on four carries.

Esko 70, Pine City 0

The Eskomos strolled to a home victory and a 4-0 record on Friday.

Nolan Witt had three rushing touchdowns in the first half, while Ty Christensen had two from close range to go with a touchdown pass to Makoi Perich.

Sam Haugen returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards for a score and Jace Stewart toted a fumble 30 yards for six points.

The Eskomos have outscored the first four teams on their schedule 203-6.

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Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 14, Mesabi East 12

A fourth-quarter touchdown from Gage Roberts put GNK ahead for good in Coleraine.

Cooper Levander scored rushing touchdowns from 6 and 31 yards for the Giants (1-3) en route to a 109-yard night on 14 carries, but the Giants failed on both conversions, while Jace Kammeier followed his second-quarter dive with a successful try.

Kammeier finished with 132 yards on 16 tries for GNK, which got its first win of the season.

Cherry 52, North Central 28

Noah Sundquist led the way as the Tigers pulled away from the Stars in the second half.

It was 28-22 Cherry at the break, but Sundquist opened the second-half scoring on a 39-yard dash. He added the two-point conversion after Noah Asuma scored from 69 yards out, then connected with Asuma on a 26-yard pass play to make it 52-22.

Aitkin 36, Proctor 6

Proctor got a late touchdown but the rest of the contest was all Gobblers on Friday night in Aitkin.

Tanner Nissen scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for Aitkin (4-0).

Moose Lake/Willow River 12, Crosby-Ironton 6

A pair of early touchdowns sustained the Rebels in what became a defensive struggle on Friday in Crosby.

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Jaxsyn Schmitt had all the Rebels' points in the first quarter, on a 66-yard scamper and a 1-yard dive.

C-I got on the board with a third-quarter touchdown from Kolbe Severson but that was all the Rebels permitted them in going to 3-1.

PREP SCOREBOARD

FOOTBALL

Cherry 52, North Central 28

Hermantown 54, Duluth Denfeld 13

Northwestern 50, Chetek-Weyerhauser 0

Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 14, Mesabi East 12

Esko 70, Pine City 0

Moose Lake/Willow River 12, Crosby-Ironton 0

Cloquet 14, Duluth East 8

Grand Rapids 63, Hibbing 0

Barnum 64, North Woods 14

Braham 36, Chisholm 0

River Falls 28, Superior 7

Mora 20, Two Harbors 6

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