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Laker football to open last North Country Conference season

The first step to accomplishing the first goal starts Friday, as the Detroit Lakes football team travels to North Country Conference opponent Grand Rapids.

The Lakers (1-1) will be looking to win the last North Country Conference title starting Friday in Grand Rapids (0-2), as the young DL squad is slowly growing up after an impressive 20-6 win over Robbinsdale-Armstrong in the home opener.

"That is one of our goals, is to win the conference," said DL head coach Flint Motschenbacher. "To do that, you need to basically win all your conference games."

After this season, Duluth Central will be closing, with Thief River Falls already leaving the conference and Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld both planning on next season -- this will be the final season to vie for the North Country championship.

Even though Grand Rapids is winless, they have played two talented teams in Farmington and Duluth East.

The Thunderhawks fell to Farmington 37-14 and to the Greyhounds 14-8.

"Their record isn't indicative of their team," Motschenbacher said.

After seeing a large front by Robbinsdale Armstrong last Friday, the Lakers will be seeing a physical likeness to themselves Friday.

But there will be a familiar site as the DL defense takes the field, because the Thunderhawks run a spread offense -- the same that Robbinsdale Armstrong employed.

That could be good news, after the Lakers reeled in six interceptions against the Falcons, two by linebacker Alex Feldt.

"We gave up a couple of big plays, but none of them went for touchdowns," Motschenbacher said. "The defense kept everything in front of them and tackled better."

DL also effectively disguised its coverage between man and zone, which led to several of the six interceptions -- two of which were returned 60-plus yards to help set up Laker scores.

"The entire defense played well," Motschenbacher said.

Consistency will be a facet of the DL offense that needs to be addressed, hopefully starting Friday.

Two weeks in a row now, the Lakers have been stopped on the goal line.

"We have some good plays, then we follow them up with bad plays," Motschenbacher said. "In this offense, we can't have those bad plays happen. We also had too many fumbles (Friday), so we'll have to take better care of the ball.

"But there have been a lot of positive things happening so far, as well."

Sophomore quarterback Joe Mollberg has shown his pinpoint accuracy with some long fade throws to junior wide receiver Josh Stahlberger, who has seven grabs for 113 yards and two scores.

Mollberg has thrown the ball 30 times in the two games, completing 11 for 185 yards, two touchdowns and more importantly, just one interception.

The rushing game has been enough to keep defenses honest, with sophomore Alex Mason having a good game Friday to up his total yardage to 108 yards, while Logan Baker leads the way with 200 yards on the ground.

Game time is slated for 7 p.m. Friday in Grand Rapids.

Laker results

North Country standings

Duluth East 1-0 1-1

Detroit Lakes 0-1 1-1

Duluth Denfeld 0-0 1-1

Duluth Central 0-0 0-2

Grand Rapids 0-1 0-2

Detroit Lakes 2009 season stats: 1-1.

Opponents 46, Lakers 41

Detroit Lakes - 13 15 6 12 -- 46

Opponents - 14 7 7 13 -- 41

Scoring leaders

Josh Stalberger -- 12 points (2 receiving TD).

Alex Mason -- 12 points (2 rushing TD).

Logan Baker -- 6 points (1 rushing TD).

Joe Mollberg -- 6 points (1 rushing TD).

Brock Johnson -- 8 points (1, receiving TD, 1 PAT reception).

Steven Labine -- 2 points (2-4 PAT kicks)

DL Opp

First Downs 22 30

By Rushing 14 14

By passing 8 16

By penalty 0 0

Net Yards Rushing 366 391

No. rushes 79 66

Yards gained 396 425

Yards lost 30 34

Net Yards Passing 212 367

No. passes 31 52

Completed 12 30

Incomplete 18 16

Had intercepted 1 6

Interception yards 168 37

Total Offensive Plays 115 119

TOTAL NET YARDS 578 758

Kickoffs 9 8

Yards 321 291

Ave. kickoff 35.7 36.4

Kickoffs Returned 4 4

Yards 57 86

Ave. return 14.3 21.5

Fumbles 6 3

Fumbles lost 3 2

Penalties 9 17

Yards 45 130

* * *

Individual Rushing

DL --

Player NR YG YL Net

Logan Baker 27 200 0 200

Alex Mason 19 108 0 108

Joe Mollberg 33 88 30 58

* * *

Individual Passing

Player No Comp Inc Int Yds TD

DL --

Mollberg 30 11 18 1 185 2

Brock Johnson 1 1 0 0 27 1

* * *

Pass Receiving

Player No. Yds. TD

DL --

Josh Stahlberger 7 113 2

Brock Johnson 4 83 1

Baker 1 11 0

* * *

Kickoffs

Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Nathan Bausman 5 230 46

Steven Labine 4 91 22.8

* * *

Kickoffs Returned

Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Nate Baker 2 31 15.5

Connor McLeod 2 26 13

* * *

Pass Interceptions

Player No. Yds.

DL -

Alex Feldt 2 66

McLeod 1 69

Tanner Duncan 1 31

Andy Pedersen 1 2

Brian Labat 1 0

* * *

Sacks

Player No. Yds. lost

DL -

Justin Holm 1 8

Nathan DuChene 1 6

Andrew Johnson 1 3

Paul Voeltz 1 2

Opponets -

Sacks 2 14.

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