A nightmare second half of the regular season came to a close on Wednesday night in Mankato. Red Wing, which had scored just 14 point in its previous three games, was shutout for the second time this season in a 67-0 loss to Mankato West. The Wingers fall to 0-8 on the season, and 0-5 in Big Southeast Blue District play.
The Scarlets held the Wingers to less than 100 yards of offense while piling up more than 500 of their own, including nearly 250 in the first quarter.
Mankato West held a 42-0 lead at halftime, and both head coaches agreed to a running clock for the entire second half.
Melik Davis opened the scoring on a 64-yard touchdown run 1 minute, 10 seconds into the game. Scarlet quarterback Jack Foster then threw his first of four touchdowns on West's next drive, and threw his second on his third drive.
Foster opened the second quarter with his third score through the air for a 28-0 lead, and then his final touchdown pass came a few minutes later. Mehki Collins and Jon Sikel both caught two touchdowns.
Shak Debbs added a touchdown run before halftime, giving Red Wing a 42-0 hole to climb out of in the second half. But the only scoring over the final 24 minutes came from the Scarlets, who took a knee after their final two touchdowns, declining a point-after attempt both times.
Individual statistics were unavailable at press time.
Red Wing now moves on to the Section 1AAAA playoffs and a Tuesday trip to Albert Lea (1-7, 1-7 South Central Red) for the second-straight year. The Tigers beat Belle Plaine, 47-6, on Wednesday, their first in nearly two years (Oct. 19, 2016, at St. Peter). In the 2017 matchup, the Wingers came out on top, 20-16, before falling to Winona in the section semifinals.
The winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal will again face the top-seeded and second-ranked Winhawks (8-0, 5-0 Big Southeast Blue) on Saturday, Oct. 27. Third-seeded Kasson-Mantorville (4-4, 4-3 Southeast Red) hosts Faribault (2-6, 2-3 Big Southeast Blue), the same day. The section championship game is Friday, Nov. 2, at Mayo High School in Rochester.
Winona is the two-time defending section champion.