Football: Frazee dominates Pirates
A fast and furious first half by the Frazee Hornets, quickly snuffed out any thought of an upset by visiting Crookston Tuesday in the Section 8-2A quarterfinals.
The No. 3 Hornets reeled off 35 unanswered points in the first two quarters, as the No. 6 Pirates couldn’t muster any trips to the end zone, making the second half basically academic for Frazee.
“Our players are hardworking, dependable young adults and I am proud of what they have accomplished so far,” said Frazee head coach Jim Rader. “Last night was another ‘first ever’, as we believe the game represented the first time we had ever played Crookston in football.”
Much had been said leading up to last night’s game about the small school versus big school match-up being a bit lopsided.
Crookston had been in a larger class size than Frazee for as long as anyone could find records, and they are a community several times larger than Frazee and Vergas combined.
“Looking at their line-up, they had a roster much bigger than ours as well, both in terms of numbers and the physical size of their players,” Rader said. “There were also those who felt Crookston’s level of competition during the season was high enough to have them better prepared for a playoff run than the small town Hornets.
“Regardless of the drama leading up to the game, the predictions being made, or the method of seeding teams, it ultimately comes down to who is ready to perform on a given night.”
Frazee answered the bell, as Hesston Bachmann put on yet another rushing performance for the books, as he ran for 250 yards on 26 carries.
He had TD runs of one and five yards (twice), while each of Cory Wokasch and Tanner Bachmann added first half scores of one and 31, respectively.
The Hornet defense also stymied the Pirates to negative 16 yards, as well.
Tuesday night, 14 No. 4 seeds, 10 No. 3 seeds, and 4 No. 2 seeds lost throughout the state.
In addition, there were several games won by only a point or two by the higher seed.
“Anything can happen in high school athletics,” Rader said. “Our players came out ready to perform and they believed in each other. Since our last regular season game in the Fargodome, our goal for this team had become ‘one more’.
“That will continue to be our goal, for we know as long as we continue to get ‘one more’, our season continues.”
Saturday Frazee (7-2) will play No. 2 Barnesville Trojans (9-0) at 2 p.m. in Barnesville. The Trojans downed No. 7 Warroad 61-0 in the quarterfinals, as well.
Section 8-2A quarterfinals: (6) Crookston at (3) Frazee, Tuesday, Oct. 22
Pirates 0 0 12 0 – 12
Hornets 21 14 0 0 - 35
Fra—Cory Wokasch 1 run (Tanner Karger kick) 9:46
Fra—Hesston Bachmann 1 run (kick blocked) 7:58
Fra—Bachmann 5 run (Riley Utke pass from Cory Wokash) 6:17
Fra—Tanner Bachmann 31 run (Karger kick) 11:33
Fra—H. Bachmann 5 run (Karger kick) 6:29
Crookston—Danny Davidson 44 yard blocked punt return (kick failed) 9:39
Crookston—Aaron Hollcraft 30 yard pass from Seth Desrosier (pass failed) 1:44
Rushing— Hesston Bachmann 26-250-3; Tanner Bachmann 7-69-1; Jesse Trusty 14-53; Austin Torma 1-5; Cory Wokasch 7 (-8) 1 TD
Passing— Wokasch 5-9-0, 62 yds
Receiving— H. Bachmann 3-37; T. Bachmann 1-15; Tanner Karger 1-10
Rushing— Desrosier 4-0; Hajostek 3 (-2); Salentine 4 (-4); Bergeron 6 (-10)
Passing— Desrosier 5-19-2, 106 yds; Salentine 3-8-0, 9 yds
Receiving— Hollcraft 5-106; Porter 2-9; Epema 1-0.