Area Football - Indians shut down Frazee
BY BRIAN WIERIMA
The lights went out in Frazee, or more specifically, on the Hornets' rushing game due to the suffocating defense of the Mahnomen Indians.
The normally potent Hornet rushing attack was snuffed out by the Indians' stout defense, which held Frazee to 14 yards on the ground, while pounding out 381 for themselves in a convincing 36-0 win to improve to 2-0.
Frazee drops to 1-1 with the loss.
"Our defense was absolutely lights out," said Mahnomen head coach John Clark Jr. "We really shut down their run game. It seemed like we had them in second and third and long all night.
"We were able to force them to pass and that led to quite a few sacks and hurried passes, as well."
Mahnomen posted five sacks on Frazee senior quarterback Baxter Bachmann, who didn't have time the entire four quarters.
On the other side of the ball, the Indians were able to move the ball well, as each of running back Bob Bjorge and senior quarterback Jacob Pavek went over 100 yards.
Bjorge posted another solid game with 160 yards on 15 attempts (10.7 ypc) and Pavek added 127 yards on 20 carries, including three rushing touchdowns of one, 27 and five yards.
"I thought we executed very well on offense, especially in the first half," Clark said of his team's 30-0 halftime lead. "Our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and Bob Bjorge had another big night running the ball."
Preston Walz picked up some important slack for Mahnomen, after he replaced starting center Kurt Francis, who went down with a broken wrist.
Pavek was also solid in the passing game, going 3-4 for 40 yards, which included an eight-yard pass to Jason Schoenborn.
Frazee head coach Jim Rader was surprised of the disparity in rushing yards.
"We went into Friday night, believing we would win the line of scrimmage and in doing so, we would win the game," Rader said. "The score, the stats and the film, clearly shows we didn't.
"Certainly the odds were in favor of Mahnomen, but I enter each week with the belief that we can beat our opponent. I prefer not to make excuses, because it results in fewer regrets."
Frazee (1-1) will travel to Lake Park-Audubon (1-1), which lost in Fertile-Beltrami 28-22 Friday.
The No. 2 Class 1A ranked Indians (2-0) will travel to Walker/Hackensack-Akeley (0-2) Friday.
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Mahnomen 36, Frazee 0
Indians - 14 16 6 0 -- 36
Hornets. - 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Mah: Jake Pavek 1-yard run; Bob Bjorge run.
Mah: Garret Hoffner 1-yard run; run failed.
Mah: Pavek 27-yard run; Bjorge run.
Mah: Pavek 8-yard pass to Jason Schoenborn; Pavek pass to Schoenborn.
Mah: Pavek 5-yard run; run failed.
Net Yards Rushing 381 14
Yards Passing 40 83
No. Passes 4 17
Completed 3 7
Had intercepted 0 1
Total Yards 421 97
Rushing (att-yds-td) -- Mah: Bob Bjorge 15-160-0; Jake Pavek 20-127-3; Garret Hoffner 9-39-1; Tom Pavek 2-27-0; Trevor Haugo 2-18-0; Riley McCollum 1-4-0; Kody Lefebvre 4-3-0; Jon Hoffner 2-3-0. Total: 55-381-4...Fraz: Jesse Trusty 1-5-0; Cory Wokasch 2-2-0; Baxter Bachmann 8-1-0; Bruce Lemon 5-1-0; Erik Moltzan 2-1-0.
Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int) -- Mah: J. Pavek 3-4-40-1-0...Fraz: B. Bachmann 7-13-83-0-1.
Receiving (rec-yds-td) -- Mah: Jason Schoenborn 2-27-1; G. Hoffner 1-13-0...Fraz: Tyler Ziegler 4-59-0; Moltzan 2-13-0; Hesston Bachmann 1-11-0.