Vikings complete undefeated season with 34-3 win over DGF
For a guy contemplating playing his college football at North Dakota State, Tydan Storrusten sure looked comfortable in the Fargodome on Wednesday.
Storrusten threw four touchdowns in the first half to lead Pelican Rapids to a 34-3 Heart O' Lakes Conference win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
"The only negative is the rug burns," Storrusten said with a laugh. "Other than that, I love playing here. It feels like you can throw the ball a mile."
The win gave the Vikings (8-0) the HOL Classic title and their first unbeaten regular-season record since 1972.
Storrusten finished 11-for-14 with 175 yards and four touchdowns, and he was near perfect throughout the game.
All three of his incompletions were dropped passes by receivers -- and two of those drops would've been long touchdowns.
"Dropped passes do bother me, but they bother (the receivers) more," Storrusten said. "It's all right. We did a good job."
In the first half, he completed 7 of 8 passes for 115 yards and four scores.
The lone incompletion in the first two quarters was a drop by a wide-open receiver that would've resulted in a 61-yard touchdown. A pass that was a would-be 45-yard TD strike was also dropped in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings piled up a 27-3 halftime lead against a D-G-F team that had allowed just 14 points in its last four games.
Eric Shulstad caught three passes for 51 yards, all for first-half touchdowns.
"Two days ago, Tydan wasn't throwing all that well, but we didn't care," Pelican Rapids coach David Haugen said. "We knew when the game came around, he would be just fine."
The Rebels (5-3) just couldn't get anything going on the ground, and quarterback Cody Bergee was hurried or hit every time he dropped back to pass.
D-G-F mustered 150 yards on 47 carries in the game. The Rebels had just seven plays go farther than six yards in the game, and three of those plays accounted for 50 yards in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
"One of the things we were really pleased with was the defensive effort," Haugen said. "To hold a team like D-G-F in check like this was really good for us."
McKale Evenson was able to open things up for the passing game, gaining 83 yards on the ground, including 54 in the second quarter alone.
"That's what got us going," Storrusten said. "Having guys like that keeps the linebackers honest, and that opens things up for the passing game."
The Vikings gained the top seed in Section 8-2A, and will host No. 8 United North Central Tuesday for a 6 p.m. start.
Rebels 0 3 0 0 - 3
Vikings 14 13 0 7 - 34
PR-Lage 9 pass from Storrusten (Molina kick)
PR-Shulstad 5 pass from Storrusten (Molina kick)
DGF-Gilles 29 field goal
PR-Shulstad 39 pass from Storrusten (kick failed)
PR-Shulstad 7 pass from Storrusten (Molina kick)
PR-Evenson 1 run (Molina kick)
RUSHING: DGF, Askelson 17-58, Crabtree 10-51, Yliniemi 12-50, rantner 1-4, Bergee 7-(minus 13). PR, Evenson 16-83, Storrusten 14-48, Lage 4-35, Haugen 3-7.
PASSING: DGF, Bergee 3-8-0 29 yards. PR, Storrusten 11-14-0 175.
RECEIVING: DGF, Nelson 1-15, Crabtree 2-20. PR, Lage 4-69, Shulstad 3-51, Skow-Anderson 2-31, Sorum 2-24.