East football falls to Northfield 14-31
By Joe Steck – Mankato Times
MANKATO, MINN. — The Mankato East Cougars lost to the Northfield Raiders 14-31 Friday in a non-conference home game at Wolverton Field.
The Cougars had 213 total yards on the night with 131 coming from the pass and 82 on the ground. The Raiders had 417 total yards, 206 passing and 211 rushing.
The Cougars were able to hold the Raiders to 3 points in the 1st quarter, forcing Northfield to settle for a 25 yard field with 2:08 left in the 1st quarter after a 17 play, eight minute drive.
The Raiders made it 10-0 after Lars Prestmon connected with Carter Hodapp from 13 yards out with 10:37 left in the half.
With 1:30 left in the half, Cougars defensive back Issiah Wilke recovered a Northfield fumble. East quickly drove down the field and scored with 8.9 seconds left when quarterback Reid Gruenes connected with receiver Kyle Sonnek for the 9 yard score. After a missed extra-point, the Cougars went into the locker room down 6-10.
In the 3rd quarter, Mitchell Stanchina scored from 10 yards out to put Northfield up 17-6.
East came back to score on the first play of the 4th quarter when Jack Clifford rushed in from 13 yards. Gruenes connected with Clifford for the 2-point conversion to cut the lead to 14-17 with just under 12 minutes left in the game.
Northfield took control of the game with a 45 yard touchdown run from Stanchina topped off with a quarterback sneak score from Prestemon to end the game 31-14.
East had 213 total yards on 56 plays with 131 passing yards and 82 from rushing. Gruenes completed 12 of 28 passes for 139 yards and Clifford led the Cougars with 45 yards rushing.
Northfield had 417 total yards on 66 plays. 206 passing and 211 rushing yards.
The Mankato East Cougars take on crosstown rival the Mankato West Scarlets (1-0) in the annual Jug game on Friday at Blakeslee Field on the campus of Minnesota State University.