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The 2013 Detroit Lakes football season has reached its halfway point, and the Lakers are sitting at a comfortable 4-0 on the season and are starting to build some momentum for another deep run in the playoffs.

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Much like every other season, some interesting stats and numbers have been posted and for this week’s Laker football preview installment, that’s exactly what we will delve into, as DL prepares to pack the bus up and head north to face East Grand Forks Friday, starting at 6 p.m.

*118 - The first couple of numbers which stick out has to do with some Laker history.

DL head coach Flint Motschenbacher now stands alone with the most wins in that capacity in Laker history with a career record of 118-44.

He surpasses mentor and Laker Hall of Honor inductee Rick Manke, who finished his career with a 116-31 mark.

Motschenbacher’s lofty height in winning percentage is a perfect display of longevity and consistency, which is prodded along by his top-notch coaching staff, which has been with him since the beginning in 1998.

Even before Motschenbacher’s coaching reign started, the majority of the coaching staff was “learning the ropes” under Manke and the transition in 1998 was smooth.

Those coaches who have been a part of the Laker winning tradition over the last two decades include Vern Schnathorst, Mike Labine and Rob Nielsen.

Each of Dave Meyer and Josh Bettcher also have been staples in Motschenbacher’s coaching staff, which proves consistency in the ranks makes a program stronger.

*178 - A long-standing scoring record is close to falling, with senior quarterback Michael Herzog threatening former DL QB Todd Steinmetz’ 278 career points.

Herzog’s nose for the pylons has racked up 270 points, just eight points shy of Steinmetz’ mark. Steinmetz was DL’s quarterback during the 1994-96 seasons, which incidentally was in the middle of Manke’s Laker dynasty, which collected state titles in 1992, 1993 and 1995.

It’s that state title which Herzog would certainly trade in all those points for, if given a chance.

*8-8 - The front half of the schedule is going to be a bit more cupcake-ish than their back end part.

The Lakers’ first four opponents this season have a lackluster 4-12 (Thief River Falls is 3-1) combined record, while their final four foes have collected an 8-8 mark.

After EGF, which is 0-4, the Lakers will certainly be tested more by Park Rapids and Perham, which each enter the second half of the season at 3-1.

If the Lakers come out winners in the next three games, they certainly will control their own fate for repeating as Heart O’Lakes North Conference champions.

*11 - The Lakers are also in the midst of an 11-game winning streak in HOL play, with the last loss coming against Perham in 2011.

*1st – That’s the position the Lakers hold in the QRF Section 8-4A standings, which means they will hold the top seed, along with a first-round bye into the semifinals, a game which would be played at Mollberg Field.

The Lakers have 54.5 QRF points, to Fergus Falls’ 42.9 and Thief River Falls’ 39.8. The Otters are 2-2 overall, while other section records include Little Falls at 2-2, Rocori and Albany each at 1-3.

*11th – With DL’s HOL schedule, they play majority of Class 3A teams, which affects their QRF scoring.

Despite being undefeated, the Lakers hold the 11th ranking in Class 4A in the QRF, with teams such as Hermantown, Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Fridley at 3-1 ranked ahead of the Lakers.

South St. Paul (92.3) is tops, followed by traditional powerhouses Hutchinson (81.2) and DeLaSalle (77.8).

*99 – The Lakers hold a secure 99 points over their last four opponents, outscoring them by a combined 152-53.

Most of those 53 points by their opponents have come in garbage time, with 26 of them being scored in the fourth quarter when the game has already been decided.

The Lakers have come out fast and furious in the majority of their games, scoring 61 combined points in the first quarter and 41 in the second.

By halftime, DL has outscored their last four opponents by a wide 102-21 advantage.

*8.4 – The rushing game has produced plenty of long touchdown runs, with some big holes created by the rather large and physical offensive line.

The Lakers are averaging 8.4 yards per carry as a team, while their opponents are almost half that at 4.6.

Senior running back Jarett Nosal leads the way with 398 yards on 35 carries (11.4 ypc) and Herzog comes in with 303 yards on 38 carries (7.8 ypc), despite missing the Staples-Motley game.

The Laker QB also has 11 rushing TD’s on the season.

*52.9 – The kicking game also has been consistent and crucial in DL’s success.

Junior Sam Champa is setting the Lakers up in nice field position with his bloated 52.9 yards per kickoff, which has produced seven touchbacks this season.

Senior Casey Paskey also has done a nice job pinning opponents back on punts, averaging a solid 44.8 yards per punt.

Another solid addition was kicker Luke Payne, who is 15-17 on PAT kicks.

*132 – If you’re planning of traveling north to East Grand Forks Friday, it’s 132 miles to EGF High School if you take U.S. 10 West and I-29 North, according to Google Maps.

Leave a little earlier, since the game is slated to start at 6 p.m. and allow approximately two hours and six minutes to arrive.

Detroit Lakes stats after Week Four: 4-0

Lakers 35, Fargo North 20

Lakers 40, Crookston 6

Lakers 29, Thief River Falls 21

Lakers 48, Staples-Motley 6

Lakers 152, Opponents 53

Detroit Lakes  -61   41 15   35 - 152

Opp               -6     15    6    26 - 53 

SCORING

Michael Herzog - 66 points (11 rushing touchdowns)

Jarett Nosal - 24 points (4 rushing TD)

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

Luke Payne - 15 points (15-17 PAT kicks)

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

Brandon Dahring - 6 points (1 INT. return)

Josh Bollig - 6 points (1 rushing TD)

Forrest Schleske - 6 points (1 rushing TD)

Casey Paskey - 2 points (2-point conversion pass)

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

                          DL      Opp

First Downs            41       47

By Rushing             32       37

By passing              8        8

By penalty              1        2

Net Yards Rushing     1053     803

No. rushes             125     174

Yards gained          1098     904

Yards lost              45      101

Yards per rush avg.    8.4      4.6

Net Yards Passing      294     250

No. passes             33       45

Completed             15       17

Incomplete             16       23

Had intercepted         2        5

Interception yards      181      75

Total Offensive Plays   168     235

TOTAL NET YARDS     1347    1053

Kickoffs                26       12

Yards                 1371     451

Ave. kickoff            52.7     37.6

Kickoffs Returned       9       18

Yards                  168     294

Ave. return            18.7     16.3

Punts                   7        -

Yards                  308       -

Avg. punt               44

Fumbles                6        9

Fumbles lost            3        6

Penalties               22       19

Yards                  172     130

Individual Rushing

DL —                    NR   YG  YL  Net Jarett Nosal        35   404  6   398

Michael Herzog     38   323 20  303

Christian Hedstrom 12   150  6   144

Forrest Schleske    12   67   0   67

Rayn Jacobson      5    62   3   59

Parker Jackson      7    48   0   48

Sam Champa        3    11   0   11

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

DL —             No Comp Inc Int  Yds TD

Herzog           29  14 13  2  263 2

Hedstrom        4   1   3  0  31  1

Pass Receiving

DL —                 No. Yds.  TD Casey Paskey          5   94    0

Michael Herrmann     4   75    1

Champa               3   24    0

Nosal                 2   84    1

Christian Hedstrom    1   17    1

Kickoffs

DL —               No. Yds. Ave.

Champa              25 1322  52.9

Andrew Dahl          1   49   49

Kickoffs Returned

DL —              No. Yds. Ave

Champa               4   99  24.8

Paskey                3   61  20.3

Herrmann             2   15   7.5

Punts

DL —             No. Yds. Ave.

Paskey                5   224 44.8

Boyd Bradbury        1   49   49

Carter Schwan         1   35   35

Pass Interceptions

DL –                No.    Yds.

Champa                 3      91

Dahring                  1      83

Kirby Siewert             1       7

Sacks

DL –                   No.  Yds. lost

Forrest Schleske         2      12

Bobby Welty             1       8

Ty Heinecke            1           4

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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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