The Frazee Hornet football team experienced a season-opening baptism by fire Friday night, with eight new offensive starters, seven new defensive starters and multiple new special teams players.
But the young Hornets opened the season with a home opening 22-13 win over conference and section opponent Bagley.
“The first game jitters, and lack of varsity experience at multiple positions, showed through during most of the first three quarters, but the young Hornets overcame their mistakes and came out of it a smarter and now at least slightly experienced team,” said Frazee head coach Jim Rader.
The game started with a solid defensive stand, forcing a three and out for the Bagley Flyers.
The Hornets responded on offense with a long, sustained drive ending in the end zone.
The Hornets added another score of their own and a couple of additional nice drives into Bagley territory.
Hesston Bachmann exploded for 183 rushing yards off of 19 carries, along with two touchdowns.
Quarterback Matt Tangen led a stable offensive attack, as well, passing for 78 yards, while going 8-12.
Next week Frazee will travel to Fertile-Beltrami, which was a 14-6 winner over Blackduck.
Hornet results -Bagley at Frazee, Friday, Aug. 30
Rushing — Hesston Bachmann 19-183-2; Nate Starry 9-45; Jesse Trusty 11-39; Tanner Bachmann 3-22; Austin Torma 2-10-1
Passing — Matt Tangen 8-12-0, 78 yds
Receiving — Cory Wokasch 3-27; H. Bachmann 2-24; Matt Daggett 1-16; Grant Overland 1-9; Starry 1-2
Defense — Garrett Malstrom -Safety