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Laker defenders including Connor McLeod (9) and Andrew Pedersen (20), swarm and take down Duluth Denfeld quarterback Luke Jazdzewski (12) during last Friday's Homecoming game at Mollberg Field. (Taylor Blank/DL Newspapers)

Detroit Lakes football heads to the big city

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Friday night lights will be a bit brighter for the Detroit Lakes football team as they travel to the metro area to face Class 5A power Minnetonka.

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The Skippers are 3-2 with one common opponent with the Lakers in Robbinsdale Armstrong -- which both DL and Minnetonka have defeated this season.

For the Lakers (2-3), they will be facing one of the largest schools in the state with an enrollment of 2,777 students, compared to the 745 of DL.

It will be a David vs. Goliath matchup both figuratively and literally.

The Skippers feature a big defensive line, which is anchored by 300-pound senior Beau Allen, a top Division I recruit.

Allen is a space eater, but also hits the gaps with bruising power, making life for running backs trying to gain ground between tackles pretty difficult.

The Skippers have wins against Fargo North (38-6), Robbinsdale Armstrong (35-20) and last week against Edina (14-0).

Their losses have come against some top-quality opponents in Wayzata -- the top-ranked Class 5A team in the state -- by the score of 28-0 and to No. 5 Hopkins in a close 31-30 loss.

The Lakers are coming off a turnover-marred, 20-12 Homecoming loss to Duluth Denfeld Friday.

Four fumbles cut into DL's momentum, including another red zone turnover which came in the form of a fumble at the Hunter two-yard line.

The Lakers are trying to create balance on their offense, as sophomore quarterback Joe Mollberg has been putting the ball in the air a little more.

He has thrown for 689 yards this season, along with six touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 75.194.

Mollberg has completed just 43 percent of his passes, but the aerial game has produced some big plays to junior wideout Josh Stalberger, who has five touchdowns on the season and a 20.7 yard per catch average on 19 receptions.

The rushing attack has been average with 4.3 yards per carry this season (835 team rushing yards).

Sophomore Alex Mason has pounded the ball in between the tackles for a team-high 325 yards on 67 carries, with six rushing TD's.

The Lakers will be looking for some more success on the ground -- but it may not come against Minnetonka, which has Allen controlling the line of scrimmage.

With the youthful Lakers still trying to find their way, one good nugget of news Friday was they had only four penalties for 40 yards called on them.

It was a category that has plagued DL this season, with 37 penalties for 265 yards in five games.

Game time is 7 p.m. Friday in Minnetonka.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes 2009 season stats: 2-3.

Lakers 126, Opponents 108

Detroit Lakes - 27 40 21 25 13 -- 126

Opponents - 20 13 36 25 14-- 108

Scoring leaders

Alex Mason -- 36 points (6 rushing TD).

Josh Stalberger -- 30 points (5 receiving TD).

Joe Mollberg -- 18 points (3 rushing TD).

Brock Johnson -- 16 points (2 receiving TD, 2 PAT reception).

Logan Baker -- 6 points (1 rushing TD).

Steven Labine -- 8 points (8-12 PAT kicks).

Nate Baker -- 6 points (1 rushing TD).

Connor McLeod -- 6 points (1 interception return).

DL Opp

First Downs 61 62

By Rushing 34 37

By passing 25 22

By penalty 2 3

Net Yards Rushing 835 967

Avg. per rush 4.3 5.1

No. rushes 192 191

Yards gained 894 1088

Yards lost 59 121

Net Yards Passing 716 574

No. passes 88 90

Completed 38 46

Incomplete 46 35

Had intercepted 4 9

Interception yards 203 93

Total Offensive Plays 294 299

TOTAL NET YARDS 1551 1541

Kickoffs 22 20

Yards 920 829

Ave. kickoff 41.8 41.2

Kickoffs Returned 14 15

Yards 260 290

Ave. return 18.6 19.3

Fumbles 13 7

Fumbles lost 9 3

Penalties 37 34

Yards 265 250

* * *

Individual Rushing

DL --

Player NR YG YL Net

Alex Mason 67 325 0 325

Logan Baker 43 281 0 281

Joe Mollberg 60 208 46 162

Nate Baker 14 60 11 49

Dominic McAllister 3 14 0 14

Casey Fonder 2 4 0 4

Brian Labat 2 2 1 1

Steven Labine 1 0 1 (-1)

* * *

Individual Passing

Player No Comp Inc Int Yds TD

DL --

Mollberg 86 37 45 4 689 6

Brock Johnson 2 1 1 0 27 1

* * *

Pass Receiving

Player No. Yds. TD

DL --

Josh Stalberger 19 393 5

Brock Johnson 8 188 2

Tanner Duncan 4 60 0

Mason 3 33 0

L. Baker 3 31 0

N. Baker 1 6 0

* * *

Kickoffs

Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Nathan Bausman 18 829 46.1

Steven Labine 4 91 22.8

* * *

Kickoffs Returned

Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Nate Baker 5 76 15.2

Erik Larson 3 76 25.3

Connor McLeod 3 46 15.3

Edgar Negron 1 30 30

Jon Gilson 1 16 16

Rick Hutchinson 1 16 16

* * *

Pass Interceptions

Player No. Yds.

DL -

Andy Pedersen 3 26

McLeod 2 89

Alex Feldt 2 66

Tanner Duncan 1 31

Brian Labat 1 0

* * *

Sacks

Player No. Yds. lost

DL -

Justin Holm 1.5 18

Nathan DuChene 1 6

Andrew Johnson 1 3

Paul Voeltz 1 2

Mason 1 2

Davis Johnson .5 8

Opponets -

Sacks 4 25.

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