Frazee gridders pick up big win
The Frazee Hornets played their best game of the season Friday, and gave the fans a Homecoming to remember.
The Hornets buried Bagley 47-8, behind a stout rushing game -- which picked up 296 yards -- and a stingy defense, which gave up just 68 yards on the ground.
"It was truly a team effort getting the win," said Frazee head coach Jim Rader. "Twenty-four players contributed tackles on the night and 11 different players touched the ball, contributing yardage on offense and special teams.
"Over the past four weeks, these kids have realized that they have the talent to be successful, but Friday night they played with the heart and desire that is needed for this team to bring home wins."
Several bright spots appeared for the Hornets over the course of the game.
With senior captain Tyler Blauert out for the season and the senior speedster Skyler Jackson out for the game, the Hornets needed to have someone step up to fill those shoes. What the team did was answer the call with multiple players stepping up.
The offensive line worked like a green wave driving down the field, and seven different players rushed for big gains on the night as the Hornet running game returned with a mission and racked up 300 yards the old fashioned way.
It was literally a rushing attack by committee, with Nick Brower leading the way with 86 yards on just three carries and one of those runs leading to 56 yards.
Matt Viste had 53 yards on 13 attempts, while Mitch Wilde had 65 on three carries, including a 40-yard run.
"The passing game showed more signs of promise again this week, and junior quarterback Dylan Stender went 4-7 for 100 yards with two TD's on the night," Rader added. "When these guys are working together as a unit, they can really do some amazing things."
Stender's leading receiver was Nick Brower, with three catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Hornets only allowed Bagley in the end zone one time on the night, and held Bagley's running game to a mere 68 yards.
Bagley had a couple large running backs and one especially powerful runner in Jake Anderson, but the rookie linebacker crew took him out low and basically took him out of his game.
To top things off on the night, the Hornet special teams put a touchdown on the board with a blocked punt in the end zone.
This week, Frazee takes the long trip to Lake of the Woods.
"Preliminary reports indicate this is a team with a lot of size, so it is a good thing we have a couple more players returning to the roster for the game," Rader said. " The additional players will be needed, as we intend to have a fast tempo for the game to wear the big fellas down."
Frazee 47, Bagley 8
Frazee rushing (att-yds-td):?M. Viste 13-53-0; N. Brower 3-86-1; T. Tappe 4-34-0; M. Moltzan 4-24-1; K. Lafreinere-Sorenson 4-40-1; M. Wilde 3-65-1; E. Miosek 1-2-0.
Frazee passing (att-comp-yds-td-int):?D. Stender 7-4-100-2-1; Brower 1-0-0-0-0.
Frazee receiving (rec-yds-td):?Browner 3-85-1; N. Bellefeuille 1-15-1.