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Football: Indians cruise into finals

Playoffs or not, it was more of the same for the Mahnomen Indians, as they trounced No. 4 Fertile-Beltrami 58-0 with strong defense and another potent rushing attack.

The No. 1 ranked Indians (10-0) stuffed the Falcons (5-5) for just three yards of rushing, while Mahnomen put up 313 yards on 53 carries and seven touchdowns.

“It was the same story, great defense and strong running,” said Mahnomen head coach John Clark Jr. “We forced several turnovers for a short field in the second half and I also thought Luke Wamsholz played great defense.”

The Indians also had quarterback Tom Pavek under center, after missing the last several games due to an injury.

Pavek had 96 yards on 14 carries, while throwing for a touchdown and 76 yards.

The Indians will look to defend their Section 8-1A title against No. 2 Red Lake County (9-1), whose only loss came against Mahnomen in a 42-14 loss in week two.

Red Lake County topped Lake Park-Audubon 36-6 in the other semifinal game.

The game will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, inside the Fargodome.

Section 8-1A semifinals: (4) Fertile-Beltrami at (1) Mahnomen, Saturday, Oct. 26

Falcons     0  0  0  0 – 0

Indians     10 21 20 7 – 58

M: Austin Reitan 28-yard run; Reitan run. 11:11, 1st quarter

M: Reitan safety. 1:37, 1st

M: Tom Pavek 5-yard run; run failed. 11:54, 2nd

M: Kody Levebvre 5-yard run; Kody Levebvre pass by Pavek. 10:26, 2nd

M: Pavek 18-yard pass to Levebvre; Pavek kick. :55, 2nd

M: Levebvre 7-yard run; Pavek kick. 9:20, 3rd

M: Pavek 10-yard run; kick failed. 8:10, 3rd

M: Jake Worms 13-yard run; Riley McCollum kick. 1:56, 3rd

M: Mitch Foss 1-yard run; McCollum kick. 2:11, 4th

Rushing (att-yds-td) – Mah: Tom Pavek 14-96-2; Austin Reitan 8-74-1; Bob Bjorge 7-48-0; Mitch Foss 7-32-1; Jake Worms 4-23-1; Jerell Londo 5-13-0; Kody Levebvre 3-12-2; Blake Kahlbaugh 4-9-0; Brian Schoenborn 1-6-0. TOTAL: 53-313-7…FB: Mitchell Mosher 11-50-0; Avery McCollum 1-11-0; Noah Harstad 2-2-0; Brady Steffes 3-1-0; Derrick Gustafson 4-(-7)-0; Jacobi Widrig 1-(-20)-0; Billy Gramer 5-(-34)-0. TOTAL: 27-3-0.

Passing (att-comp-yds-td-int) – Mah: Pavek 7-10-76-1-1; Kahlbaugh 0-1-0-0-1…FB: Gramer 9-21-85-0-3; Avery McCollum 1-3-5-0-1; Alex Schmalenberg 1-2-4-0-0. 

Receiving (rec-yds-td) – Mah: Levebvre 2-35-1; Bjorge 1-16-0; Lefebvre 2-15-0; Nathan Hanson 2-10-0…FB: Carter Burke 1-32-0; Jordan Leiting 2-27-0; Mosher 3-16-0; Derrick Gustafson 2-7-0; Schmalenberg 1-5-0; Jesse Anderson 1-4-0; Ryan Benson 1-3-0.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.