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Detroit lakes defensive coordinator Rob Nielsen (left) and assistant coach Nick Courneya go over some strategy with the team during a home game this season. (Taylor Blank/DL Newspapers)

Size and speed of Minnetonka too much for Laker football team

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Size and speed of Minnetonka too much for Laker football team
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Minnetonka boasts of size -- a lot of it, as Detroit Lakes found out.

The Skippers play in a big stadium, with big numbers behind a pair of big lines.

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Even their football program is big.

Unfortunately, the Lakers (2-4) couldn't contain that size and speed the Class 5A Minnetonka -- with a school enrollment of 1,744 students -- employed, resulting in a 42-12 loss Friday.

But knowing the big odds against his team, DL head coach Flint Motschenbacher was pleased with how his players performed, as well as what the Lakers learned Friday.

"If they learned anything from that game, it's that the speed and pace was of high quality and they found out they are capable of playing that," Motschenbacher said. "We played at a higher level and had to compete at a higher level."

The Skippers (4-2) found a variety ways to score, including a potent rushing attack, a returned interception for a touchdown and a blocked punt for six points, which led to a 35-6 halftime advantage.

Anchoring all that size on the defensive line was Division I recruit Beau Allen, who clogged up the middle as an athletic 301-pound nose guard.

The Lakers managed just 115 yards on the ground on 32 carries. Take away Brian Labat's 45-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, DL averaged just 2.3 yards per carry.

"We had trouble running the football and it was tough to control (Allen)," Motschenbacher said. "It was also tough in our passing situations because they knew what was coming."

Going to the air was no more effective, as sophomore quarterback Joe Mollberg was under heavy pressure the entire evening.

Mollberg was able to get off another long touchdown pass to his favorite target, junior Josh Stalberger, this one a 70-yard strike down the visitor's sideline to pull DL to within 21-6 at the 6:26 mark of the second quarter.

Stalberger collected four grabs for 100 yards on the night.

But the pressure in Mollberg's face forced three interceptions, including a 36-yarder returned for a touchdown by Grayson Smith for a 14-0 Minnetonka lead.

Mollberg finished going 9-19 for 123 yards.

"There was some late pressure on Joe, but I felt he handled it well," Motschenbacher said.

Minnetonka had a consistent rushing attack, with Parker Weinstock leading the way with 69 yards on 11 carries, including two TD runs.

"It was a game where we had to pick where we were going to load up and it became a guessing game of where they were going to run it -- either inside or to the perimeter," Motschenbacher said.

The Skippers added to an already blossoming 28-6 lead when Zach Siemens blocked a Brock Johnson punt and ran it back 17 yards for the six points with 3:14 remaining in the first half.

The Lakers will get back to normal competition Thursday when they travel to Thief River Falls for a 7 p.m. start.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Minnetonka, Friday, Oct. 9.

Skippers 42, Lakers 12

Detroit Lakes - 0 6 6 0 -- 12

Minnetonka- 14 21 7 0 -- 42

Scoring

MN: Park Weinstock 15-yard run; Zach Siemens kick. 5:24, 1st.

MN: Grayson Smith 36-yard interception return; Siemens kick. 3:12, 1st.

MN: Dre Thompson 1-yard run; Siemens kick. 6:42, 2nd.

DL: Josh Stalberger 70-yard pass from Joe Mollberg; pass failed. 6:26, 2nd.

MN: Weinstock 1-yard run; Hunter Bates kick. 3:59 2nd.

MN: Siemens 17-yard punt blocked return; Bates kick. 3:14, 2nd.

MN: Larry Rice 27-yard run; Bates kick. 9:42, 3rd.

DL: Brian Labat 45-yard run; kick failed. 1:54, 3rd.

DL MN

First Downs 8 15

By Rushing 4 13

By passing 3 2

By penalty 1 0

Net Yards Rushing 115 234

No. rushes 32 43

Yards gained 118 237

Yards lost 3 3

Net Yards Passing 123 79

No. passes 19 9

Completed 9 8

Incomplete 7 1

Had intercepted 3 0

Interception yards 0 36

Total Offensive Plays 50 55

TOTAL NET YARDS 238 313

Kickoffs 3 7

Yards 93 307

Ave. kickoff 31 43.9

Kickoffs Returned 6 2

Yards 53 85

Ave. return 8.8 42.5

Fumbles 1 2

Fumbles lost 1 1

Penalties 1 3

Yards 5 35

* * *

Individual Rushing

DL --

Player NR YG YL Net

Brian Labat 2 47 0 47

Joe Mollberg 8 28 0 28

Logan Baker 8 24 1 23

Nate Baker 3 17 0 17

Alex Mason 5 10 2 8

Edgar Negron 1 0 0 0

Minnetonka -

Parker Weinstock 11 71 2 69

Larry Rice 4 47 0 47

Ashkaun Whitlock 6 45 0 45

Jacob Majeres 4 12 0 12

Austin Quackenbush 2 5 0 5

Nick Wenner 2 5 0 5

Austin Harrington 2 4 0 4

Austin Norby 2 3 0 3

Nick Latzke 1 1 0 1

* * *

Individual Passing

Player No Comp Inc Int Yds TD

DL --

Mollberg 19 9 7 3 123 1

Minnetonka -

Quackenbush 6 5 1 0 33 0

Latzke 2 2 0 0 26 0

Rice 1 1 0 0 20 0

* * *

Pass Receiving

Player No Yds. TD

DL --

Josh Stalberger 4 100 1

Labat 1 15 0

N. Baker 3 (-1) 0

Minnetonka -

Harrington 3 11 0

Quackenbush 1 20 0

Anthony Boyce 1 16 0

Dan Carney 1 6 0

Matt Bazella 1 6 0

Taylor Dawson 1 5 0

* * *

Kickoffs

Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Steve Labine 2 43 21.5

Nate Bausman 1 50 50

Minnetonka -

Dawson 7 307 43.9

* * *

Kickoffs Returned

Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Edgar Negron 3 28 9.3

N. Baker 3 25 8.3

Minnetonka -

James Farrow 1 55 55

Zach Siemens 1 30 30

* * *

Pass Interceptions

Player No. Yds.

DL -

None

Minnetonka -

Grayson Smith 1 36

Charles Webb 1 0

Rice 1 0

* * *

Sacks

Player No. Yds. lost

DL -

None

Minnetonka -

None.

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