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Good, fast start keys Mahnomen's 32-12 win

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Two quick scores by the Mahnomen football team set a winning tone for the Indians, who defeated Fertile-Beltrami on the road 32-12.

After scoring on their opening drive, the Indians forced a fumble on the Falcons' first play, then proceeded to march down for a 16-0 lead after a pair of quarterback Dylan Stevens' one-yard touchdown plunges.

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Stevens added another short dive into the Falcon end zone in the third quarter for a 24-0 advantage, before Fertile-Beltrami scored 12 unanswered points on a Lucas Solie 2-yard run and a Mike Dunn 35-yard fumble return to cut into the deficit 24-12.

But an Alex LaVoy 22-yard touchdown run with 1:39 left in regulation salted away the game for the Indians, who improved to 3-2 on the season.

"Defensively, we played well for most of the game," said Mahnomen head coach John Clark Jr. "This was especially nice to see considering we made serval position changes on defense."

LaVoy eclipsed the century mark rushing with 108 yards on 18 carries, while Stevens had 52 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.

F-B's Lucas Solie rushed 18 times for 90 yards.

Mahnomen also keyed its win with four two-point conversion runs for some added cushion.

"Those extra points helped keep a safe lead, as Fertile made some plays to get back into the game in the second half," Clark said.

Mahnomen will host 4-1 Lake Park-Audubon Friday for a 7 p.m. start.

Indians results

Mahnomen 32, Fertile-Beltrami 12

Indians - 16 0 8 8 -- 32

Falcons. - 0 0 6 6 -- 12

Scoring:

Mah: Dylan Stevens 1-yard run; Zach Neis run. 10:24, 1st quarter.

Mah: Stevens 1-yard run; Alex LaVoy run. 8:28, 1st.

Mah: Stevens 2-yard run; Brandon White run. 5:05, 3rd.

FB: Lucas Solie 2-yard run; PAT failed. :32, 3rd.

FB: Mike Dunn 35-yard fumble return; PAT failed. 10:00, 4th.

Mah: LaVoy 22-yard run; LaVoy run. 1:39, 4th.

Mah FB

First Downs 17 11

Net Yards Rushing 302 134

Yards Passing 0 89

No. Passes 13 20

Completed 0 8

Had intercepted 1 2

Plays from line of scrimmage 70 52

Total Yards 302 223

Penalties/yards 7/40 3/25

Fumbles/lost 4/1 2/2

Rushing (att-yds) -- Mah: Alex LaVoy 18-108; Zach Neis 12-81; Dylan Stevens 15-52; Brandon White 5-35; Mitch Kochmann 4-23; Jacob Pavek 3-3...FB: Lucas Solie 18-90; Brad Schmalenberg 1-15; Bryce Swiers 6-14; Kyle Jadeke 3-8; Jacob Neufeld 1-5; Nate Lee 3-2.

Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int) -- Mah: Stevens 0-11-0-0-1; Pavek 0-2-0-0-0...FB: Brant Lentz 8-16-89-0-0; Nate Lee 0-4-0-0-2.

Receiving (rec-yds-td) -- Mah: None...FB: Lee 3-35-0; Dunn 3-34-0; Schmalenberg 8-89-0.

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