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Laker senior Casey Paskey (26) will be one of the many playmakers DL will have to rely on during their hopeful deep playoff run. BRIAN BASHAM/DL NEWSPAPERS

Lakers defense of section title starts vs. Huskies

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Lakers defense of section title starts vs. Huskies
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The state tradition of the 1990’s and early part of the 2000’s, was strong for the Detroit Lakes football program.

During that time, four state championships were collected in 1992, 1993, 1995 and 2001.

After a 10-year drought of not reaching back to where the Lakers were accustomed to making – the state playoffs – the 2012 DL version busted through the Section 8-4A championship, thus staking claim to familiar territory.

Saturday, the Lakers will look to start building a new era of state playoff acclaim, after they will defend their Section 8-4A championship as the No. 1 seed with a 7-1 record.

The Lakers and No. 2 Thief River Falls (6-2) each had the advantage of resting up with a first-round bye, but will have to cleat-up Saturday in the semifinals.

The first step for reestablishing that state aura for the Lakers will have to be taken over No. 5 Albany, which was a 34-21 winner over No. 4 Fergus Falls Tuesday.

The Huskies will be entering Mollberg Field with a 4-5 record, with wins over Little Falls, Mora, Zimmerman and Fergus Falls.

Their losses came at the hands of Benilde-St. Margaret’s, St. Cloud Cathedral, Milaca, Becker and Foley, while outscoring their opponents 227-206.

It’s been an inconsistent season for the Huskies, which have blowout losses of 47-8 and 36-7 to state-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Becker, respectively, but narrow defeats of 17-14, 14-13 and 14-13 to lesser-ranked teams.

Albany has a well-balanced rushing attack, led by junior Nick Mergen with 456 yards on 78 carries (5.8 ypc), while sophomore Kyle Birr has 378 yards (6.4) and junior Shane Olmscheid has registered 365 yards (4.7).

The Huskies also don’t go to the air too much, with junior Zac Tomsche going 11-27 for 184 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore Taylor Fourre is 14-17 for 258 yards and three TDs.

Since the Lakers also have run their offense on the ground mostly, whichever team can stop the rush, will have an upperhand.

The Lakers also are balanced up top in rushing, with junior quarterback Michael Herzog and senior running back Jarett Nosal running neck-and-neck.

The big-play ability of Nosal is undeniable, as he leads with 729 yards on 107 carries for a 6.8 ypc.

Herzog isn’t far behind with 716 yards on 110 carries (6.5).

Both are also red zone masters of the end zone, with Herzog having 14 rushing TDs and Nosal eight.

If Herzog can start stretching the field in the aerial attack, the Lakers will be a force to reckon with, since it will force defenses to stop focusing on just the run.

The Laker defense has held opponents to 4.3 ypc on the ground, while having forced 19 turnovers, including 11 interceptions – five by junior Sam Champa.

Junior linebacker Forrest Schleske has also stepped up as a bigtime hitter and tackler, which DL will need to help advance them past the semifinals.

The Laker vs. Huskies semifinal game starts at 7 p.m. at Mollberg Field, while Thief River Falls will host No. 6 Rocori Saturday.

Detroit Lakes 2013 Regular Season stats: 7-1

Lakers 35, Fargo North 20

Lakers 40, Crookston 6

Lakers 29, Thief River Falls 21

Lakers 48, Staples-Motley 6

Lakers 28, East Grand Forks 6

Lakers 14, Park Rapids 7

Perham 14, Detroit Lakes 0

Lakers 18, Pequot Lakes 7  

Lakers 212, Opponents 87

Detroit Lakes  -81    41 49   41 - 194

Opp               -6     29    13    39 - 80 

SCORING

Michael Herzog - 84 points (14 rushing touchdowns)

Jarett Nosal - 48 points (8 rushing TD)

Luke Payne - 21 points (21-23 PAT kicks)

Christian Hedstrom - 18 points (2 rush, 1 receiving TD)

Michael Herrmann - 8 points (1 receiving TD, 2-point conversion pass)

Casey Paskey - 8 points (1 kickoff return, 2-point conversion pass)

Sam Champa - 6 points (1 kickoff return)

Brandon Dahring - 6 points (1 INT. return)

Josh Bollig - 6 points (1 rushing TD)

Forrest Schleske - 6 points (1 rushing TD)

Andrew Dahl - 1 points (1-1 PAT kick)

                                                                                                DL             Opp

First Downs                87         72

By Rushing                 66         48

By passing                  17         20

    By penalty               4          4

Net Yards Rushing      1907     1472

    No. rushes             261       341                Yards gained               2023         1655

    Yards lost              116       183

    Yards per rush avg.  7.3        4.3

Net Yards Passing       515       582                    No. passes             92             102

    Completed              30         42

    Incomplete              59         49 Had intercepted           3              11

    Interception yards    196        75

Total Offensive Plays    375       491

TOTAL NET YARDS       2422     2054

Kickoffs                      38         21

    Yards                   1956      765

    Ave. kickoff            51.5      36.4

Kickoffs Returned         14         29

    Yards                    345       459

    Ave. return            24.6      15.8

Punts                        22          -

    Yards                    750         -

    Avg. punt              34.1         -

Fumbles                     18         19

    Fumbles lost            9          8

Penalties                    38         38

    Yards                    311       281

* * *

Individual Rushing

DL —

                          NR    YG   YL   Net

Jarett Nosal          107   787  58   729

Michael Herzog      110   773  57   716

Christian Hedstrom 17    151  12   139

Forrest Schleske     17    93    0    93

Rayn Jacobson        5     62    3    59

Parker Jackson        8     50    0    50

Sam Champa          4     18    0    18

Casey Paskey          3     11    2     9

Brandon Dahring     2      8    0     8

Nick Aguilar            3      6    0     6

Dylan Bremseth      3      7    3     4

Rayn Jacobson        2      3    0     3

Josh Bollig             2      1    5   (-4)

* * *

Individual Passing

                       No Comp Inc Int  Yds  TD

DL —                

Herzog              87  29  55  3  484  2

Hedstrom           5    1   4   0   31   1

* * *

Pass Receiving

                             No.  Yds.   TD

DL —

Casey Paskey            10   157    0

Michael Herrmann      5   107    1

Nosal                       5   106    1

Christian Hedstrom     4    98     1

Champa                    3    24     0

Ryan Cihak                2    15     0

* * *

Kickoffs

                             No.  Yds.  Ave.

DL —

Champa                   38  1956  51.5

Andrew Dahl              1    49    49

* * *

Kickoffs Returned

                             No.  Yds.  Ave.

DL —

Champa                    5   184  36.8

Paskey                     5   166  33.2

Herrmann                 2    15    7.5

* * *

Punts

                             No.  Yds.  Ave.

DL —

Paskey                    16   569  35.6

Boyd Bradbury           5   146  29.2

Carter Schwan           1    35    35

* * *

Pass Interceptions

                                No.      Yds.

DL –

Champa                       5       103

Ryan Cihak                   3         3

Dahring                        1        83

Kirby Siewert                 1         7

Paskey                         1         0

* * *

Sacks

                                No.   Yds. lost

DL –

Forrest Schleske            3        21

Bobby Welty                 1         8

Luke Eggebraaten          1         7

Kirby Siewert                 1         6

Ty Heinecke                  1        4

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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