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The Heart O'Lakes Conference North race could quickly become a two-team race after Friday.

Class 4A No. 6 ranked Detroit Lakes (4-0) has a prime opportunity to put some separation between themselves and East Grand Forks (3-1) on Mollberg Field, after the Green Wave had a bump in the road with a 20-6 loss to Thief River Falls.

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The Lakers, meanwhile, kept it on cruise control when they pummeled Staples-Motley 48-0, as DL's defense remained a hard unit to score on.

The Lakers and the Class 3A No. 4 ranked Perham are on a collision course for the HOL North championship Oct. 12, as both are tied for first with undefeated records.

But first, each team has to take care of business in the next two weeks. For the Lakers, the Green Wave is up and they will not be a team DL will not look past, said head coach Flint Motschenbacher.

"They just had a bad game against Thief River Falls, but they are a very solid team," the DL coach said.

The Green Wave were limited to just 110 yards of offense against the Prowlers (2-2), while coughing up two turnovers and allowing a punt return back for a touchdown in the 20-6 loss.

The Lakers handled Thief River Falls in the third week of the season, beating the Prowlers handily 24-6.

DL also had good success against the then-young EGF team last year, with the Lakers topping the Green Wave 31-14 on their home turf.

But that youth for EGF has matured, as they now possess a strong, power rushing attack, led by Brock Scheving and Ryan Boushee.

"They have a solid quarterback/tailback tandem," Motschenbacher said. "They also don't give up many points (11.5 ppg). They play a very aggressive defense and they will be one of the more athletic teams we have faced."

The game could turn into one of field position, with both defenses boasting of domination at the midpoint of the season.

The Lakers have just allowed two touchdowns to opponents this season, as DL has outscored them by a wide 115-13 margin.

The rushing defense is primed, allowing just 3.5 yards per carry, while creating a healthy turnover ratio of 9-to-4 in favor of DL.

"We just have played well as a team, we haven't had many breakdowns," Motschenbacher said. "There hasn't just been one or two guys doing the job, everyone has performed their assignments. They are tackling well and we don't give up the big play.

"But EGF's speed is a real concern."

Motschenbacher does hope to see more consistency from his offense, which has been showing improvement each week.

Junior quarterback Mike Herzog has keyed a power rushing game with 307 yards on 73 carries (4.2 ypc), while showing a strong arm in the passing game for 379 yards and going 16-40 with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

"We are capable of throwing the football, but we want to be a rushing team first," Motschenbacher said.

Special teams will also play a big part in the second half of the season, with senior Christian Tigges providing a strong leg on kickoffs (52.3 yards per attempt).

"We are trying to win field position each week and having a good kickoff helps that," Motschenbacher said.

The Lakers are still chasing No. 2 ranked Rocori (4-0) in the Section 8-4A standings, but now have the No. 2 seed claimed.

That's important, because the top two seeds gain a first-round bye in the section playoffs, which automatically puts that team in the semifinals.

"This game against East Grand Forks is a big one for the conference and the section," Motschenbacher said.

Friday also will be Parents' Night for the Lakers, since Oct. 5, as well as their Homecoming and the final home game of the regular season.

Laker stats

Section 8-4A standings

Rocori 0-0 4-0

Detroit Lakes 1-0 4-0

Fergus Falls 0-0 3-1

East Grand Forks 0-1 3-1

Thief River Falls 1-1 2-2

Little Falls 0-0 1-3

Heart O'Lakes Conf. North

Detroit Lakes 2-0 4-0

Perham 2-0 4-0

East Grand Forks 2-1 3-1

Thief River Falls 1-1 2-2

Crookston 1-2 2-2

Park Rapids 1-2 1-3

Pequot Lakes 0-3 1-3

The 2012 Detroit Lakes football stats: Record 4-0.

Detroit Lakes 22, Hermantown 7

Detroit Lakes 21, Pequot Lakes 0

Detroit Lakes 24, Thief River Falls 6

Detroit Lakes 48, Staples-Motley 0

Lakers 115, Opponents 13

Opponents - 7 0 0 6 -- 13

Detroit Lakes - 29 39 20 27 -- 115

Scoring:

Michael Herzog: 48 points (8 rushing touchdowns).

Stephen Erb: 12 points (1 rushing, 1 receiving touchdown).

Sam Champa: 9 points (1 interception return touchdown, 3-4 PAT kicks).

Derek Long: 6 points (1 receiving touchdown).

Kirk McLeod: 6 points (1 receiving touchdown).

A.J. Matter: 6 points (3 2-point conversions catches)

Casey Paskey: 6 points (1 receiving touchdown)

Jarret Nosal: 6 points (1 rushing touchdonw)

Michael Herrmann: 6 points (1 receiving touchdown)

Christian Hedstrom: 6 points (1 rushing touchdown)

Christian Tigges: 3 points (3-4 PAT kicks)

Austin Weber: 1 points (1-2 PAT kicks).

DL Opp

First Downs 43 36

By Rushing 35 23

By passing 6 10

By penalty 2 3

Net Yards Rushing 810 492

No. rushes 159 139

Yards gained 916 550

Yards lost 106 58

Yards per rush avg. 5.0 3.5

Net Yards Passing 403 244

No. passes 41 73

Completed 17 23

Incomplete 21 45

Had intercepted 3 5

Interception yards 115 2

Total Offensive Plays 217 242

TOTAL NET YARDS 1213 736

Kickoffs 21 6

Yards 966 248

Ave. kickoff 46 41.3

Kickoffs Returned 4 13

Yards 67 181

Ave. return 16.8 13.9

Fumbles 8 12

Fumbles lost 1 4

Penalties 28 18

Yards 225 143

* * *

Individual Rushing

DL --

Player NR YG YL Net

Michael Herzog 73 388 81 307

Jarret Nosal 55 261 15 246

Stephen Erb 9 99 0 99

Christian Hedstrom 6 83 3 80

Forrest Schleske 3 38 0 38

Casey Paskey 2 23 0 23

Jeff Gailfus 5 15 3 12

Michael Herrmann 1 6 0 6

Brandon Hofer 2 1 0 1

Brandon Dahring 2 2 2 0

Dylan Bremseth 1 0 2 (-2)

* * *

Individual Passing

Player No Comp Inc Int Yds TD

DL --

Herzog 40 16 21 3 379 4

Hedstrom 1 1 0 0 24 1

* * *

Pass Receiving

Player No. Yds. TD

DL --

Kirk McLeod 7 153 1

Derek Long 5 143 1

Paskey 1 45 1

Herrmann 1 24 1

Stephen Erb 1 17 1

Brandon Dahring 2 21 0

* * *

Kickoffs

Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Christian Tigges 11 575 52.3

Sam Champa 9 361 40.1

Austin Weber 1 30 30

* * *

Kickoffs Returned

Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Erb 3 64 21.3

McLeod 1 3 3

* * *

Pass Interceptions

Player No. Yds.

DL -

Champa 2 74

Bremseth 1 41

Erb 2 0

* * *

Sacks

Player No. Yds. lost

DL -

Brandon Johnson 1 13

Nick Groth 1 5.

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