Frazee wins in Fargodome
What a difference one play can make.
After Frazee took a 3-0 lead on a 24-yard field by Tyler Wacker, Fertile-Beltrami marched 45 yards on nine rushing plays to get in the red zone. The 10th play of the drive was fumbled by quarterback Alex Olrich into the hands of Frazee's Brett Gildersleeve on the Hornets 12-yard line.
On the very next play, Hornets running back Bruce Lemon exploded for an 88-yard touchdown run as time expired in the first quarter to give the Hornets a 10-point lead. The Hornets never looked back, cruising by the Falcons 37-6 in Minnesota high school football Thursday at the Fargodome.
"That run felt amazing," Lemon said. "There was great blocking up front and that run set up the rest of the game for us. It got our team pumped and amped and showed what we got."
After Lemon's big run, Frazee (7-1, 7-1) scored 21 more points to go up 31-0 before Fertile-Beltrami (5-3, 5-3) found the end zone in the fourth quarter. The win gave the Hornets sole possession of second place in the Northstar West Conference and momentum heading into the playoffs.
"We were trying to make a statement," said Lemon, who had 220 yards on 17 carries. "We are ready to shine. There's no more time to mess around. We have put in a lot of work heading into the playoffs."
After Lemon's 88-yard scamper and a three-and-out for Fertile-Beltrami, Frazee went 60 yards on eight plays, capping the drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass on a slant from Baxter Bachmann to Jordan Ketter to make it 17-0.
Fertile-Beltrami marched back to the Frazee 26-yard line to try and cut the lead to two scores before the half, but some trickery backfired on the Falcons, as running back Gunner Gisvold's pass was intercepted by Cody Norquist right in front of the end zone to keep the Falcons off the scoreboard in the first half.
"We weren't happy in the first half," Frazee coach Jim Rader said. "We were a little tentative and not playing with the confidence we needed to. We could tell that they picked themselves up in the second half, and that's what we needed to do."
Fertile-Beltrami opened the second half with a three-and-out, and Frazee responded with a nine-play, 67-yard touchdown drive. A 1-yard quarterback sneak by Baxter Bachmann and a run by Lemon on the 2-point conversion made it 25-0 with six minutes remaining in the third.
"We worked our butts off all season to get into a position where we could win a bunch of games and it feels really good," Bachmann said. "We want to win every week, so we come hard every week no matter what. Everything was clicking today, so I think we'll just keep doing what we're doing."
A six-yard touchdown to open up the fourth quarter for Erik Moltzan made it 31-0, and the rout was on.
Fertile-Baltrami scored on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Alex Ollrich to Gunnar Gisvold, but the celebration did not last long, as Jordan Ketter returned the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and capped the scoring on Frazee's sixth straight victory.
"We need to keep building and get better each day to get ready for playoffs," Rader said.
Frazee gained the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Warroad Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m.
FB 0 0 0 5- 6
F 10 7 8 12-37
F-Wacker 24 field goal
F-Lemon 88 run (Wacker kick)
F-Ketter 3 pass from Bachmann (Wacker kick)
F-Bachmann 1 run (Lemon run)
F-Moltzan 6 run (kick no good)
F-B-Gisvold 2 pass from Ollrich (pass no good)
F-Ketter 83 kickoff return (kick no good)
RUSHING: F, Lemon 17-220, Bachmann 9-65, Ziegler 1-5, Moltzan 5-35. F-B, Gisvold 15-70, Lundberg 5-5, Ollrich 7-33, Mosher 9-17, Olson 1-1, Gustafson 3-7, Gramer 2-(-16), Berhow 1-12.
PASSING: F, Bachmann 4-7-1 56 yards. F-B, Ollrich 9-19-2 108 yards, Gisvold 0-1-1, Gramer 1-2-0 37.
RECEIVING: F, Wacker 2-43, Ketter 1-6, H. Bachmann 1-7. F-B, Mosher 2-24, Lundberg 4-35, Gisvold 2-18, Lundeen 1-37.