Pelican Rapids football remains unbeaten
A fast start by the Staples-Motley Cardinals was quickly wiped out by the Pelican Rapids Vikings, as the Heart O'Lakes Conference leaders buried the visitors 40-0 Friday.
Staples-Motley had a great start to the game, picking up some big gains running the ball on the first couple of plays, but after stopping the run and putting S-M into a passing situation, they went to the air only to see the ball tipped and intercepted by Tydan Storrusten.
Again, Pelican Rapids turned the interception into points, as the Vikings drove 81 yards for the first score of the game.
The Cardinals put great pressure on quarterback Storrusten on the opening drive, but were unable to bring him down. As Storrusten bought himself time, he was able to find an open receiver.
The first touchdown was the same story as Storrusten dropped back to pass, was pressured and broke several tackles on his way to a 21-yard touchdown run.
Staples came right back with an impressive drive.
The Cardinals put together a 13-play drive, most of it on the ground, before being forced into a passing situation which again resulted in an interception by Andrew Sorum of the Vikings.
Even though the Vikings couldn't generate a first down, it gave them a chance to regroup.
With the Cardinals taking over with their best field position of the night, the Viking defense came alive and didn't allow them a first down on this possession, holding them on a key fourth down play.
Three plays later, the Vikings were on the board again and really got things going.
On a third and eight, from the 31-yard line, Storrusten hit Eric Shulstad on a slant pattern which Shulstad took for a 69-yard touchdown. After the two-point conversion, the Vikings were up 14-0.
The Viking defense held again and forced Staples into a punting situation.
With a good rush from Jan-Erik Lindberg, the Vikings were able to block the punt, setting up Pelican Rapids in good field position.
Three plays later, Matt Haugen found the end zone for the Vikings' third touchdown of the half. With great interior blocking from Lindberg and Lance Erickson, he went in from 11 yards out virtually untouched.
S-M was forced into another three and out, while the Vikings covered 69 yards with three pass plays, with Shulstad getting his second touchdown of the game when Storrusten found him on an out route that he took in from 31 yards out.
The score with just over a minute left in the half gave the home team a comfortable 28-0 advantage.
The Cardinals attempted an on-side kickoff, which was recovered by Shulstad. The Vikings took advantage of the good field position and picked up an early second half score, when Seth Lage took a screen pass from Storrusten and went 39 yards for a touchdown.
After a Staples fumble, the Vikings had great field position and were set up for their final score of the game. This time it was McKale Evenson with the four-yard touchdown run.
"Staples really took it to us early but were unable to capitalize," said Pelican Rapids head coach Dave Haugen. "We eventually were able to settle in and develop some rhythm to what we were doing.
"I was pleased with how both the offense and defense were able to respond to what Staples was doing against us."
Next week Pelican Rapids will travel to West Central Area for another HOL Conference game.
Pelican Rapids 40, Staples-Motley 0
Cardinals - 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Vikings. - 6 22 12 0 -- 40
PR:?Tydan Storrusten 21-yard run; kick failed.
PR:?Storrusten 69-yard pass to Eric Shulstad; Matthew Haugen run.
PR:?Haugen 11-yard run; Sam Perrin kick.
PR:?Storrusten 31-yard pass to Shulstad; Perrin kick.
PR:?Storrusten 39-yard pass to?Seth Lage; PAT failed.
PR:?McKale Evenson 4-yard run; PAT failed.