Vikings start quick, end strong in playoff rout
From the start, it was all Pelican Rapids.
The No. 3 Pelican Rapids football team won decisively over No. 6 Prairie Valley 41-14 in the Section 8-2A quarterfinals Tuesday.
Viking Patrick Coleman forced a Prairie Valley fumble on the opening possession, which was recovered by the Vikings' Tucker Forsgren.
The Vikings used their first possession of the game off of the turnover and went in for the first score on quarterback Devin Schell's five-yard run, and never trailed from there on out.
Viking running back Tanner Grahn rushed for four touchdowns of two, five, one and 11 yards out, while Nathan Sillerud added a 20-yard touchdown pass from Schell in the route.
"After we built a 21-0 lead, it felt as if we got a little flat," said Pelican Rapids head coach Dave Haugen. "Prairie Valley had too many good players for us to not play with intensity and they went in for their first score of the game."
The Vikings re-established themselves by taking the opening possession of the second half in for another touchdown.
"I felt that getting the score to start the second half was big for us to slow down some of the momentum that they had picked up with their touchdown in the first half," Haugen said.
Pelican Rapids advances to the Section semifinals, where they will play at No. 2 Barnesville Saturday at 2 p.m.
Section 8-2A quarterfinals: (6) Prairie Valley at (3) Pelican Rapids, Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Prairie Valley 0 6 0 8 -- 14
Vikings 14 7 13 7 -- 41
PR Devin Schell 5 yd run; Hobet Diaz Kick
PR Tanner Grahn 2 yd run; Hobet Diaz kick
PR Nathan Sillerud 20 yd pass from Devin Schell; Hobet Diaz kick
PV Hunter Arnold 6 yd run; kick blocked
PR Tanner Grahn 5 yd run; Hobet Diaz kick
PR Tanner Grahn 1 yd run; kick failed
PR Tanner Grahn 11 yd run; Hobet Diaz kick
PV Mark Hewitt 9 yd run; Alec Alberts pass from Logan Riedel.
Viking Team Stats:
Rushing 40-216 yards, 5 TD's...Passing: 6-9-66 yards 1 TD, 1 Int.
Prairie Valley Team Stats:
Rushing: 31-102 yds, 2 TD's
Passing: 13-20-109 yds, 0 TD's, 2 Int
Viking Individual Stats:
Passing: Devin Schell 6-9-66 yds, 1 TD, 1 Int
Rushing: Devin Schell 13-60 yds, 1 TD; Tanner Grahn 10-56 yds, 4 TD's; Carlos Gutierrez 7-43 yds
Receiving: Patrick Coleman 2-20 yds; Nathan Sillerud 1-20 yds, 1 TD.