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Football: Vikings can’t stay with Huskers

A strong start was not good enough for the No. 4 Pelican Rapids Vikings against the top-seeded Holdingford Huskers Saturday in the Section 6-2A semifinals.

The Vikings (6-4) stayed close to the Huskers (10-0) on a Hobet Diaz 35-yard field goal and Ryan Bruggeman’s 16-yard rushing touchdown to trail 12-10.

But Holdingford’s explosive offense did just that, exploded for 36 unanswered points for the eventual 48-18 win.

“Getting points on the board early was important and gave us some early momentum,” said Pelican Rapids head coach Dave Haugen. Mitch Messman recorded four rushing touchdowns for Holdingford, including the two-yard TD with 36 seconds left in the second quarter.

Bruggeman went for 86 yards on 20 carries, while Holdingford had a pair of 100-yard rushers in Mitch Messman (104) and Jordan Gombos (130).

“It’s always hard to see a season come to an end, but on this night, Holdingford was a better team than we were and deserved to advance,” Haugen said. “I’m extremely proud of how hard our team played not just in this game but throughout the season.  Our seniors will be really missed as we look ahead to next year.”

Holdingford will face No. 3 Otter Tail Central in the championship game Friday at 5:30 p.m. inside the Fargodome. OTC upset No. 2 Breckenridge 22-19 in the other semifinal game.

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