EKALAKA - Travis Bertelsen accounted for more than 400 all-purpose yards, scored six touchdowns and made 20 tackles to lead Wibaux to a 42-26 win over Ekalaka in the first round of the Class C football playoffs.
Bertelsen, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior, set the tone for the Longhorns when he returned the opening kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown. He added touchdown runs of 76, 35 and 15 yards and caught TD passes of 65 and 8 yards from Jaylen Sokoloski.
For the game, Bertelsen ran the ball 17 times for 202 yards, caught three passes for 98 yards and had 113 return yards. He also had 18 solo tackles and five assisted tackles.
Ekalaka quarterback Pat Hansen threw two touchdown passes to Ches Meyer. Hansen also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown, and Clint Mrnak scored on a 3-yard run.
Hansen finished with 105 yards rushing and 162 yards passing.
Wibaux (7-1) will play at No. 1-ranked Centerville (9-0) in next Saturday's quarterfinals.
Wibaux 14 14 14 0 - 42
Ekalaka 6 6 6 8 - 26
Wibaux (7-1) - Travis Bertelsen 73 kickoff return (Collin Harrell run); Bertelsen 35 run (run failed); Bertelsen 65 pass from Jaylen Sokoloski (A.J. LaBell run); Bertelsen 8 pass from Sokoloski (run failed); Bertelsen 76 run (Luke Kreitinger run); Bertselsen 15 run (run failed).
Ekalaka (7-2) - Ches Meyer 26 pass from Pat Hansen (run failed); Clint Mrnak 3 run (run failed); Hansen 70 kickoff return (run failed); Meyer 23 pass from Hansen (Mrnak run).
Scobey 60, Culbertson-Bainville 14
SCOBEY - Michael Crandell and the Scobey Spartans are moving on to the second round of the Class C football playoffs.
Crandell accounted for three scores and five conversions as Scobey topped Culbertson-Bainville 60-14 on Saturday.
Culbertson took an early 14-8 lead - answering Scobey's opening score - but the Spartans then rattled off 52 unanswered points in the final three quarters.
Seven different Spartans scored touchdowns, including Calvin Odom who opened the day with a 41-yard run. Dylan Solberg put an emphatic end to the day with a 12-yard interception return.
Culbertson 14 0 0 0 - 14
Scobey 8 24 20 8 - 60
Culbertson-Bainville - Darren Buxbaum pass from Nic Oelkens. Brian Manning 12 run (Tanner Scotson pass from Oelkens).
Scobey - Calvin Odom 41 run (Odom run). Cory Huda 2 run (Logan Hansen pass from Michael Crandell). Crandell 70 run (Crandell run). Crandell 9 run (Hansen pass from Crandell). Taylor Plant 7 run (Crandell run). Hansen 18 pass from Crandell (conversion failed). Drew Baldry 1 run (conversion failed). Dylan Solberg 12 interception return (Solberg pass from Crandell).
Absarokee 52, Harlowton-Ryegate 14
ABSAROKEE - Jeff Royce rushed for 100 yards and threw for another 142 while accounting for five total touchdowns in Absarokee's 52-14 first-round win over Harlowton.
The Huskies held a slim 18-14 lead going into the fourth quarter but blew the game wide open with a 34-point effort in the final frame - spurried in part by two big defensive plays.
"We get an interception for a return and then recover a fumble in the end zone and it kind of went from there," said Absarokee coach Warren Boeck. "Our defense really stepped up and made a close game not so close. Harlowton battled. They showed up to play today."
Drew Galahan led Harlowton's offense with 137 yards on the ground - including a 55-yard touchdown scamper in the second.
Absarokee will travel to Superior for a quarterfinal game next Saturday.
Harlowton 0 14 0 0 - 14
Absarakee 0 18 0 34 - 52
Harlowton - Drew Galahan 55 run (run failed). Luke Holmquist 25 pass from Colton Valle (Valle run).
Absarakee - Jeff Royce 2 run (pass failed). Kim Duffy 54 yard pass from Royce (run failed). Royce 4 run (pass failed). Royce 2 run (Duffy pass from Jake Boyles). Royce 35 run (pass failed). Duffy 30 interception return (run failed). Derek Doerschel fumble recovered in endzone (Spencer Bakich kick). Bakich 5 run (Bakich kick).
Denton 51, Joliet 26
DENTON - Damon Heble accounted for 250 yards in total offense as Denton defeated Joliet 51-26 Saturday in the first round of the Class C football playoffs.
Heble rushed for 139 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns and added 111 yards receiving on just three catches. He caught touchdown passes of 30 and 58 yards from Denton quarterback Jordan Lahr. Heble also kicked a 50-yard field goal.
Denton led 45-6 at halftime.
The Trojan defense registered seven quarterback sacks and had two interceptions.
Joliet 6 0 8 12 - 26
Denton 14 31 6 0 - 51
Joliet (7-2) - Jordan Luoma 6 pass from Zach Wogamon (pass failed); Cody Bennett 3 run (John Songtad pass from Bennett); Jess Graber 4 run (pass failed); Songstad 29 pass from Wogamon (run failed).
Denton - Jake DeVries 5 run (Damon Heble pass from Jordan Lahr); Beau Carter 42 pass from Lahr (run failed); Heble 30 pass from Lahr (Heble run); Heble 3 run (Carter pass from Lahr); Heble 58 pass from Lahr (run failed); Heble 2 run (run failed); Heble 50 field goal; DeVries 19 run (kick failed).
Chinook 39, Sunburst 0
CHINOOK - A big effort from the Chinook defense went a long way in a 39-0 blanking of Sunburst in Saturday's first round Class C action.
Chinook forced nine Sunburst turnovers and and quarterback Tyler Molyneaux accounted for three touchdowns through the air. Greg Qualls ran for two scores and returned a punt 65 yards for another.
Chinook will travel to Scobey for a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday.
Sunburst 0 0 0 0 - 0
Chinook 0 25 14 0 - 39
Sunburst (5-4) - Did not score.
Chinook (8-1) - Sam Sharples 9 pass from Tyler Molyneaux (conversion failed). Gregg Qualls 1 run (conversion failed). Qualls 65 punt return (conversion failed). Molyneaux 21 run (Taran Huestis kick). Josh Jones 19 pass from Molyneaux (Huestis kick). Qualls 12 run (Huestis kick).
Twin Bridges 49, Victor 14
TWIN BRIDGES - Twin Bridges scored on its first five possessions in a 49-14 win over Victor in a Class C first-round football playoff game Saturday.
Clark Vial ran the ball 17 times for 119 yards for the winners, who will travel to Denton Saturday for a 1 p.m. meeting with the Trojans.
Twin Bridges quarterback Jake Schmit completed 4 of 4 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
Victor quarterback Gatlin Lamb was 15-for-26 with one interception for 177 yards and a touchdown.
Victor 0 14 0 0 - 14
Twin Bridges 21 15 13 0 - 49
Victor (6-3) - Zavier Morigeau 1 run (Saxton Coorough pass from Gatlin Lamb), 3:11 2nd; Coorough 44 pass from Lamb (pass failed) :36 2nd.
Twin Bridges (8-1) - Robert Walsh 10 pass from Jake Schmit (kick blocked) 6:55 1st; Clay Pierson 65 pass from Schmit (Tyler Lott pass from Schmit) 3:334 1st; Clark Vial 21 run (Schmit kick) :01 1st; Vial 1 run (Schmit kick) 7:51 2nd; Hayes Novich 2 run (Novich run) :54 2nd; Schmit 30 fumble return (kick failed) 9:24 3rd, Vial 27 run (Schmit kick) 5:45 3rd.
Superior 55, Charlo 24
SUPERIOR - Senior Drew Walen rushed for 128 yards and five touchdowns in guiding No. 3 Superior past Charlo in the first round of the Class C football playoffs on Saturday.
Walen scored on runs of 2, 1, 6, 2 and 18 yards as Superior cruised to its ninth consecutive win of the season. The Bobcats host Absarokee in next week's quarterfinal round.
Walen rushed the ball 22 times, including 15 attempts in the second half, when Supeior outscored the Vikings 34-12. Walen also tallied a team-high 16 tackles.
Senior quarterback Travis Stroot started off slow, missing his first 10 passes, but finished with 226 yards and two scores. He hit Tyler Stenberg on both TD strikes.
Sophomore Chico Stipe piled up 125 yards and had a rushing touchdown and one receiving for Charlo, which ended its season at 5-4.
Charlo 0 12 6 6 - 24
Superior 0 21 13 21 - 55
Charlo - Clay Hoyt 3 run (kick blocked); Chico Stipe 45 run (pass failed); Cody Nitschke 4 run (pass fail), 3:45; Stipe 31 pass from Hoyt (pass failed), 4:48.
Superior - Eric Steinebach 78 kick return (Yim SrinbenjaKul kick); Tyler Stenberg 27 pass from Travis Stroot (SrinbenjaKul kick); Drew Walen 2 run (SrinbenjaKul kick); Walen 1 run (SrinbenjaKul kick); Stenberg 5 pass from Stroot (kick failed); Walen 6 run (SrinbenjaKul kick); Walen 2 run (SrinbenjaKul kick); Walen 18 run (SrinbenjaKul kick).
Centerville 50, Belt 14
SAND COULEE - Sam Rutherford rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries as top-ranked Centerville beat Belt 50-14 in the first round of the Class C football playoffs.
Centerville quarterback Jared Mayernik was 5-for-10 for 122 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.
Centerville (9-0) will host Wibaux in next week's quarterfinal round.
Belt 0 0 6 8 - 14
Centerville 6 22 14 8 - 50
Belt (4-5) - Sam Keaster 23 pass from Chase LaPlaunt (pass failed), Taylor Cumings 14 pass from LaPlaunt (LaPlaunt run).
Centerville (9-0) - Sam Rutherford 7 run (pass failed), Nicholas Luoma 15 pass from Jared Mayernik (Christian Brokl pass from Mayernik), Rutherford 4 run (Brokl pass from Mayernik), Kyle Nafh 7 pass from Mayernik (run failed), Rutherford 6 run (Mayernik run), Rutherford 3 run (run failed), Brokl 35 pass from Mayernik (Luoma pass from Mayernik).