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MAHNOMEN FOOTBALL No. 2 Indians swat No. 7 Falcons

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For a rare moment in Friday's game, the Mahnomen football team was confronted by its biggest adversity of the season -- the Indians found themselves behind for the first time this season.

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It didn't last long, though.

The No. 7 Class 1A ranked Fertile-Beltrami squad struck first on the No. 2 ranked Indians after Mahnomen fumbled the opening kickoff, resulting in a Falcon 23-yard field goal.

Score: Fertile-Beltrami 3, Mahnomen 0.

It was a sight to behold, since the Indians hadn't had to look up against an opponent yet this season -- but it was more than enough motivation, as Mahnomen reeled off 47 unanswered points for the 47-3 victory to stay undefeated at 7-0 and hand Fertile-Beltrami its first defeat of the season.

"I thought it was big for our defense to hold them to a field goal at that point," said Mahnomen head coach John Clark Jr. "They had one nice drive to start the second half, but we were able to stop them from scoring. Other than that, we really shut them down.

"I was really proud of how we responded after being down for the first time this season."

The Indians scored three touchdowns in the first half, along with three two-point conversions, to take a 24-3 halftime lead.

Quarterback Jacob Pavek scored a pair of rushing touchdowns from 11 and five yards out, while running back Avery Fairbanks opened the Mahnomen scoring barrage with a 25-yard end zone scamper.

Fairbanks added another two-yard dive for six points in the third quarter for the 32-3 advantage, then added another one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter, along with a Bob Bjorge 16-yard rush for a score.

Mahnomen converted all its two-point conversions.

"Avery Fairbanks had another strong game," Clark said. "He seemed to have a little extra burst all night. The offensive line did a nice job of controlling the line of scrimmage again, and we executed all night on offense."

Fairbanks led in rushing with 122 yards on 21 carries, while Pavek had 116 on 14 attempts.

Mahnomen racked up 320 yards of rushing, while the Indian defense stifled Fertile-Beltrami to a paltry 76 yards on the ground and 78 through the air.

Mahnomen closes out the regular season at Red Lake County (3-4) Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Indians can clinch the No. 1 seed in Section 6-1A with a win, or a Browerville loss.

Indian results

Mahnomen 47, Fertile-Beltrami 3

Falcons 3 0 0 0 -- 3

Indians. 16 8 8 15 -- 47

FB: Erickson 23-yard field goal.

Mah: Fairbanks 25-yard run; Fairbanks run.

Mah: Pavek 11-yard run; Pavek run.

Mah: Pavek 5-yard run; Pavek pass to Littlewolf.

Mah: Fairbanks 2-yard run; Pavek run.

Mah: Fairbanks 1-yard run; Pavek kick.

Mah: Bjorge 16-yard run; Bjerke run.

Mah FB

First Downs 22 12

Net Yards Rushing 320 76

Yards Passing 82 78

No. Passes 4 23

Completed 2 11

Had intercepted 0 0

Plays from line of scrimmage 53 55

Total Yards 402 154

Penalties/yards 1/15 1/10

Fumbles/lost 1/1 0/0

Rushing (att-yds-td) -- Mah: Avery Fairbanks 21-122-3; Jacob Pavek 14-116-2; Austin Reitan 2-22-0; Garret Hoffner 7-21-0; Bob Bjorge 1-16-1; Jon Hoffner 2-12-0; Mitch Kochmann2-11-0...FB: Lucas Solie 13-42-0; Sam Macy 9-31-0; Brad Schmalenberg 1-3-0; Mitchell Mosher 1-2-0; Alex Olrich 1-0-0; Brant Lez 2-0-0; Gunnar Gisvold 1-(-1)-0; Tate Mosher 4-(-1)-0.

Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int) -- Mah: Pavek 2-4-82-0-0...FB: Lenz 6-14-56-0-0; T. Mosher 5-8-22-0-0; Olrich 0-1-0-0-0.

Receiving (rec-yds-td) -- Mah: Kochmann 1-63-0; No.5 1-19-0...FB: Schmalenberg 7-50-0; Kyle Engelstad 2-10-0; T. Mosher 1-9-0; Macy 1-9-0.

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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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