Area Football - Frazee rambles through LP-A
Friday was a classic Highway 10 clash, with a good crowd on hand, good fall weather and lots of excitement on the football field.
One year ago, Lake Park-Audubon traveled to Frazee on a very similar night and walked away with a come-from-behind win, which featured 65 combined points being scored.
Although this past Friday didn't involve a big comeback by the Raiders, it was still a game where 66 points were put up, as Frazee took this one 43-23.
LP-A entered the night with one of the top-rated quarterbacks and wide receivers in the state, junior QB Mason Swegarden and receiver Jon Olson.
Swegarden had already thrown for 400 yards entering the night, while Olson was at the 250-yard mark after just two games.
Swegarden and Olson were still a potent combination Friday night, connecting with each other five times, but the Hornets' defense really stepped up by forcing pressure on the quarterback and picking off three passes.
When the dust settled, it was the Hornets who put up the best numbers in the air, with Bachmann going 10-15 for 187 yards and three TDs, with only one interception thrown.
In terms of the ground game, the Hornets rushed for an impressive 319 yards, with Bruce Lemon tallying 237.
Three players found their way to the end zone on the ground in Lemon, Bachmann and Moltzan. The young Hornet line (three of the five starters are sophomores) performed well, while the backs and receivers stepped up with some great secondary blocking.
"In a football game, the battle of the trenches is going to be at the heart of success, whether the line is providing running lanes for the backs or time for the quarterback to throw," said Frazee head coach Jim Rader. "The team which wins the line of scrimmage will win nearly every football game, barring strange circumstances.
"Sadly, the players on the offensive and defensive line are seldom given enough credit for the work they do, as we always tend to hear about who scores. I have always disliked that aspect of sports, because it fails to give credit to the people who make it possible... the rest of the team."
With Lemon's big 237-yard rushing game, the Hornets were able to control possession for the most part, while Bachmann attacked the Raider defense from the air. He hit each of Tyler Ziegler, Hesston Bachmann and Jordan Ketter on scoring passes.
Swegarden finished with 132 yards passing, by going 9-23 with one touchdown and three interceptions. Frazee defenders who had a pick included Baxter Bachmann with two and Zach Nelson with the third.
Nate Renner did find some success on the ground for LP-A, rushing for a team-high 156 yards on 23 attempts. Tim Brekken rushed for 71 yards on four carries and a touchdown, while Swegarden contributed the other rushing TD.
Mat Pepper led the way for the Raider defense with nine solo tackles and one assisted, while Olson had eight solo tackles.
Frazee's leading tacklers were Ketter, Nelson and Erik Moltzan, each with six.
LP-A (1-2) will travel to Fosston (0-3) Friday at 7 p.m. and Frazee (2-1) will be on the road at Red Lake County (2-1) Friday as well.