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Jaguars do it again

ESTHERVILLE — There should be no question who the No. 1 football team in Class 2A is.

Second-ranked Southeast Valley (5-0 overall, 2-0 Class 2A, District 2) knocked off third-ranked Estherville-Lincoln Central (4-1, 1-1) 24-14 on Friday night.

“It’s absolutely huge (to beat No. 3 team),” Swieter said. “This is just so big for our program.

“We are beat up and sore, but we won.”

Third-ranked OABCIG rallied with a late fourth quarter touchdown to upset top-ranked Spirit Lake, 28-21.

With the Jaguar victory and the Indian loss, Southeast Valley will likely jump to No. 1 in the polls.

“It’s great for us to be No. 1,” Swieter said. “We got two very tough games in and came out on top.”

Southeast Valley jumped out to a 12-0 lead after touchdowns from Kolson Kruse and Lathe Muench (12 yards).

The Jaguars had a miscue late in the second quarter, fumbling the ball and Estherville-Lincoln Central cashed in with a one-yard touchdown to cut the Jaguars halftime lead to 12-7.

Southeast Valley tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half, led by Kruse. On the third play of the opening drive, Kruse rumbled 45 yards for a score.

On a third-and-16 Kolson Kruse threw a long pass into the red zone and later punched it in from five yards out.

The Midgets tacked on a late touchdown run.

“I said from Day 1, who are you going to stop (on Southeast Valley’s offense)?” Swieter said. “Eli had a big game. Trey, Colton, Kolson, Lathe, Aaron — everyone contributed on this team.”

The Jaguars racked up 440 yards of offense led by the quarterback/running back duo of Kruse and Muench. Kruse had 28 totes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Kruse was also 5-for-10 passing for 133 yards and a touchdown to Colton Brant. Brant had three grabs for 64 yards and the score.

Muench had 25 carries for 117 yards and a score. Tre Fisher had two receptions for 79 yards. On defense Justin Loeske had a sack and nine tackles, while Eli Johnson had four tackles.

“We fumbled in the first half and then made them work for the touchdown,” Swieter said. “We are playing tremendous on defense.

“Our defense is doing an outstanding job. We had 440 yards and they had about 200.”

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