No. 5 W-A-O Ponies can't touch No. 2 Indians
It was supposed to be a clash of a pair of top 10-ranked titans, but turned out to be another Mahnomen rout.
The Class 1A No. 2 ranked Indians had their fourth dominating victory, after manhandling No. 5 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 47-0 Friday in Mahnomen.
The Ponies (3-1) were cut off at the legs by the strong Mahnomen defense, as the Indians limited W-A-O to 70 yards of total offense, while lambasting the visitors for 361 yards of their own.
"Our defense really shut them down and our offense rolled," said Mahnomen head coach John Clark Jr. "I thought the start of the game really set the tone."
That start included senior quarterback Jake Pavek going untouched on the Indians' third play on their first series for a 49-yard touchdown.
After that, the Ponies were relegated to three-and-out series, while Mahnomen turned their possessions into touchdowns.
Pavek scored again on a 10-yard run, which was followed by a Bob Bjorge 58-yard interception return to the end zone.
Bjorge added a 14-yard TD run to put Mahnomen firmly in control 27-0 at halftime.
"That early stretch gave us a lot of confidence and seemed to deflate the Ponies a bit," Clark said. "The rest of the game played out the same way, with strong defense and a solid running game."
Second-half scores were made by Bryce Penner on an 18-yard run, a Garret Hoffner 69-yard rush and a Kody Lefebvre three-yard run.
The Ponies had nothing resembling a threatening scoring drive, as they were held to 28 yards rushing.
Clark pointed to Darin Geray, Bjorge and Levi Liebl as being the Indians' defensive standouts.
"Our offensive line has been dominant so far, too," Clark included. "Our backs are running hard and blocking well for each other. The kids are showing a great attitude and chemistry through the first half of the season."
Hoffner led the way with 103 yards on just seven carries (14.7 ypc), while Pavek added 102 yards on 14 carries. Bjorge had 90 yards rushing on 11 carries.
The Indians' trail of domination continues Friday, when they host winless Fosston, starting at 7 p.m.
Mahnomen 47, Warren-A-O 0
Ponies - 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Indians. - 13 14 14 6 -- 47
Mah: Jake Pavek 49-yard run; Pavek kick.
Mah: Pavek 10-yard run; run failed.
Mah: Bob Bjorge 58-yard interception return; Pavek run.
Mah: Bjorge 14-yard run; pass failed.
Mah: Bryce Penner 18-yard run; pass failed.
Mah: Garret Hoffner 69-yard run; Pavek run.
Mah: Kody Lefebvre 3-yard run; run failed.
Net Yards Rushing 28 351
Yards Passing 42 10
No. Passes 11 5
Completed 5 1
Had intercepted 2 0
Total Yards 70 361
Rushing (att-yds-td) -- Mah: Jake Pavek 14-102-2; Tom Pavek 2-1-0; Trevor Haugo 2-22-0; Kody Lefebvre 1-3-1; Bryce Penner 2-26-1; Garret Hoffner 7-103-1; Bob Bjorge 11-90-1; Trevor Krebsbach 2-4-0. TOTALS: 41-351-6.
Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int) -- Mah: J. Pavek 1-5-10-0-0.
Receiving (rec-yds-td) -- Mah: G. Hoffner 1-10-0.