Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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The Brandon-Evansville football team doesn’t dwell on losses. The Chargers could be 4-0 right now if a couple of plays in one-possession losses to Verndale (4-0) and Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (4-0) had gone their way. Instead, they are 2-2 after dominating the next week after those losses, beating Hillcrest 54-15 in week two and 44-14 Friday night against Bertha-Hewitt during the Chargers’ homecoming.
The West Central Area football team made easy work of Wadena-Deer Creek on Friday night as the Knights (2-2) coasted to a 52-6 win. WCA put up 448 yards of total offense, compared to 178 for the Wolverines (1-3). The Knights ran for 285 yards on 45 carries and threw for an additional 163 on 8-of-16 passing from Isaiah Sykora. Sykora tossed two touchdowns and threw two interceptions. Gage Staples and Tate Christenson each caught a touchdown.
Area football teams have found out exactly how talented the BOLD Warriors are this fall. Osakis and Sauk Centre were no match for the Warriors in weeks two and three after losing by a combined score of 133-13. On Friday night, it was Minnewaska that fell victim to BOLD in a 54-8 final. The Warriors (4-0) scored in every quarter - putting up 14 in the first, 21 in the second and 13 in the third to put things away early.
The Parkers Prairie football team has lost three straight games after dropping a 36-22 game against Upsala-Swanville Area on Friday.
Alexandria (2-2) 24, Rocori (0-4) 12 Brandon-Evansville (2-2) 44, Bertha-Hewitt (1-3) 14 Osakis (3-1) 27, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (1-3) 20 BOLD (4-0) 54, Minnewaska (2-2) 8 West Central Area-Ashby (2-2) 52, Wadena-Deer Creek (1-3) 6 Upsala-Swanville Area (3-1) 36, Parkers Prairie (1-3) 22
The Alexandria football team needed a second half like it got against Rocori in front of a packed house on homecoming for the Cardinals. This is a program that has featured some dynamic offenses in recent years, but points have been hard to come by early on. Explosive plays were few and far between through a 1-2 start as some inexperienced players got their feet wet.
Tryouts for the Alexandria Aces performance basketball team will be held on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. for any boys or girls in grades 4-6 looking to make the team. The tryouts will be held in the Lakes Area Recreation gymnasium at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.
After five losses to open the season, the Alexandria girls soccer team is back to .500. The Cardinals got their fifth straight win on Thursday night, this time beating St. Cloud Tech in a 1-0 game. Defense and goaltending has been the name of the game for Alexandria after giving up just two goals during the five-game winning streak.
The Alexandria boys soccer team fell to 3-8 on Thursday night as St. Cloud Tech ran away with a 4-0 win at AAHS. The Tigers (7-1-2, 5-1-2 Central Lakes Conference) scored in the 28th, 50th, 51st and 54th minutes. Alexandria keeper Zach Wosepka allowed the four goals and turned aside 10 shots, while the Cardinals got off just four shots against the Tech defense.
The Alexandria football team will try to wrap up homecoming week by getting its second win of the season on Friday night, and the Cardinals will have to do it against a hungry Rocori team. A year after going 10-1 and making the Class 4-A state tournament, the Spartans are 0-3 this fall. Don't let that fool you, Alexandria head coach Mike Empting said.