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Mahnomen plays up to No. 1 ranking vs. Frazee

A big defensive goal line stand by the Mahnomen Indians lit the fuse early in the first quarter, as the defending Class 1A state champions and No. 1 ranked squad maintained momentum en route to a 49-0 win against visiting Frazee Friday.

Even though the score was big, the game was closer than it indicated, as the Hornets (2-1) played the Indians tough in the first quarter, as Mahnomen (3-0) held just a 6-0 lead.

“It was probably the toughest first quarter Mahnomen had since their state title game last year,” said Frazee head coach Jim Rader. The goal line stand seemed to inject extra energy in the Indians, after the Hornets drove to the Mahnomen one yard line with a full set of downs.

But the Indians stiffened and held the Hornets short on fourth and goal, then proceeded to go 98 yards and capped on a Bob Bjorge eight-yard run for the 12-0 lead.

“Our defense played another great game,” said Mahnomen head coach John Clark Jr. “They had one long run on a fourth and short, but that goal line stand seemed to pump us up.”

Mahnomen put up 22 points in the second quarter, with Austin Reitan (eight yards) and Tom Pavek (49 yards) adding big runs for scores for a 28-0 halftime lead.

“Looking at the scoreboard at halftime and considering the opponent, many teams would have conceded,” Rader said. “However, the young Hornets came together and discussed some adjustments.”

That resulted in an opening drive of 40 yards and three first downs, but the Indians once again stifled the drive on fourth and short.

Mahnomen followed that up with a 42-yard pass by Pavek to Nathan Hanson for the 35-0 lead.

“I thought we did a much better job in the second half of executing our offense,” Clark said. “Frazee stacked the box and forced us to throw and I thought we did a nice job of making plays in the passing game when we had to.”

Pavek went 3-7 for 74 yards through the air, while Bjorge rushed for 119 yards on six attempts (19.8 ypc) and two touchdowns.

Other big plays included Trevor Haugo’s 50 yard TD run, Pavek’s 49-yard run and 42-yard TD pass, Nathan Hanson’s 42-yard TD reception, Kody Lefebvre catching third-down passes of 20 and 16 yards.

Another unique stat is Mahnomen had 19 guys getting credits for a tackle. Hanson led the Indians with six tackles, as well as an interception and forced a key fumble.

Frazee was led by Tanner Bachmann’s 68 rushing yards, while Hesston Bachmann went for 48 yards on 17 carries.

Overall, Mahnomen had 440 yards of offense, while limiting the Hornets to 158.

But Frazee also learned plenty of valuable lessons in the loss, Rader said.

“Despite the score, there were a lot of positives in the game,” Rader said. “Our players improved on their discipline and focus, they saw the benefits of playing together as a team and they saw how close they are to reaching that next level.”

The Hornets will host undefeated Lake Park-Audubon for Frazee’s Parent’s Night, while Mahnomen will host Walker/Hackensack-Akeley (0-3) Friday.

Frazee at Mahnomen, Friday, Sept. 13.

Hornets 0 0 0 0 – 0

Indians 6 22 14 7 – 49

Mah: Trevor Haugo 50-yard run; pass failed. 6:18, 1st.

Mah: Bob Bjorge 8 yard run; run failed. 8:13, 2nd.

Mah: Austin Reitan 8-yard run; Kody Levebvre pass by Tom Pavek. 2:00, 2nd.

Mah: Pavek 49-yard run; Reitan run. 1:49, 2nd.

Mah: Pavek 42-yard pass to Nathan Hanson; Pavek kick. 4:16, 3rd.

Mah: Bjorge 35-yard run; Pavek kick. :10, 3rd.

Mah: Blake Kahlbaugh 18-yard run; Brian Schoenborn kick. 5:56, 4th.

Rushing (att-yds-td) – Mah: Bob Bjorge 6-119-2; Tom Pavek 6-76-1; Austin Reitan 15-61-1; Trevor Haugo 6-59-1; Blake Kahlbaugh 1-18-1; Kody Levebvre 1-8-0; Jake Worms 1-4-0; Brian Schoenborn 3-3-0; Jerell Londo 1-2-0. TOTAL: 40-350-6…Fraz: H. Bachmann 17-48-0; Austin Torma 1-0-0; Nate Starry 2-(-1)-0; T. Bachmann 7-68-0; Grant Jepson 3-8-0. TOTAL: 115-40-0.

Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int) – Mah: Pavek 3-7-74-1-1; Trevor Haugo 1-2-16-0-0…Fraz: Matt Tangen 11-5-43-0-0.

Receiving (rec-yds-td) – Mah: Nathan Hanson 1-42-1; Kody Levebvre 2-36-0; Kole Lefebvre 1-12-0…Fraz: Tanner Bachmann 1-17-0; Cory Wokasch 1-17-0; Riley utke 1-5-0; Heston Bachmann 1-2-0; Nate Starry 1-2-0.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.