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Lakers put Homecoming thumping on Staples-Motley

Laker quarterback Christian Hedstrom (5) is captured by Staples-Motley's Gage Neelan (12) during a run in the first quarter of Friday night's game at Mollberg Field. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers 1 / 3
Staples-Motley linebacker Jeremy Miller (32) upends Laker running back Forrest Schleske (44) during the first half of Friday night's game at Mollberg Field. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers2 / 3
Laker defensive tackles Kirby Siewert (78) and Ty Heinecke (51) celebrate Siewert's first quarter interception and return during Friday night's game. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers3 / 3

The Homecoming rout took approximately 12 seconds to start for the Detroit Lakes football team, as they steamrolled Staples-Motley 48-6 Friday at Mollberg Field.

Senior running back Jarett Nosal broke through a rather large opening around left end on the game’s first offensive play and sprinted virtually untouched for a 55-yard touchdown.

By the time the first quarter ended, DL had run 13 plays to build a 28-0 lead.

Some of the usual suspects in a Laker thumping were not on the field, though, as senior quarterback Michael Herzog was kept out for precautionary reasons after twisting his knee in DL’s last week, while senior slotback and cornerback Casey Paskey is also nursing a knee injury.

Two all-time DLHS marks were threatened, as well, with one already broke and the other in the crosshairs.

DL head coach Flint Motschenbacher catapulted former mentor Rick Manke on the Laker all-time win list last week with his team’s victory over Thief River Falls.

Motschenbacher’s all-time record now stands at 118-44, while Manke registered a lofty 116-31 record.

“It’s a nice honor to meet with a great coaching staff in which has been here since I’ve been head coach,” said Motschenbacher, who started his Laker reign in 1998 and also has collected a Class 4A state championship. “The main reason have been the kids, coaching staff and administrative support. But we are all indebted to Rick, because he showed us all the ropes on how to do it.”

The next potential all-time record which could fall soon is the DL scoring record. Herzog is just eight points shy of tying Todd Steinmetz’ 278 career points, in which he accumulated through the 1994-96 seasons.

Herzog has already scored 66 points this season with his 11 rushing touchdowns, to go along with his 62 points in 2011 and his 142 points last year, in which he recorded 23 rushing TDs and a pair of two-point conversion runs.

But Herzog was able to watch his teammates pile on some points instead Friday, which was led by junior quarterback Christian Hedstrom, who rushed for a game-high 98 yards on seven carries.

“Christian did a good job running the offense and it was all-around a fast start for the team,” Motschenbacher said. “Everybody got in to play and they all played hard the entire game.”

Nosal had end zone runs of 55 and 33 yards to start the game, while junior Forrest Schleske put DL up 21-0 after a one-yard dive.

By the time Nosal’s night was over, he had picked up 92 yards on just three carries for a crazy yards per rush average of 30.7.

Hedstrom ran in the next two touchdowns of three and seven yards, before hitting senior wide receiver Michael Herrmann down the seam and a nice over the shoulder catch of 31 yards.

Junior Luke Payne went 5-6 on his PAT kicks, while sophomore Andrew Dahl converted his only attempt after sophomore quarterback Josh Bollig’s touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The Laker defense smothered the Cardinal’s offense, limiting them to 11 yards in the first quarter and 49 yards in the second half. The furthest Staples-Motley was able to gain on the field was the 50 yard line the entire first half.

The Cardinals (0-4) did score late in third quarter on a Gage Brown five-yard run, to cap a 15-play, 80-yard drive, which ate up the majority of the third quarter, since it was running time due to MSHSL rules.

The undefeated Lakers, who are at 4-0 and extended their Heart O’Lakes Conference winning streak to 11 games, will travel to East Grand Forks (0-4), which lost to Thief River Falls 28-21 Friday.

Please note, the starting time Friday in East Grand Forks will be 6 p.m.

Staples-Motley at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Sept. 20

Cardinals     0  0  6  0 – 6

Lakers        28 13 0  7 – 48

DL: Jarett Nosal 55-yard run; Luke Payne kick. 11:48, 1st quarter.

DL: Nosal 33-yard run; Payne kick. 9:14, 1st.

DL: Forrest Schleske 1-yard run; Payne kick; 6:00, 1st.

DL: Christian Hedstrom 3-yard run; Payne kick. 58.9, 1st.

DL: Hedstrom 7-yard run; Payne kick. 6:33, 2nd.

DL: Michael Herrmann 31-yard pass from Hedstrom; kick failed. 2:18, 2nd.

SM: Gage Brown 5-yard run; kick blocked. 1:21, 3rd.

DL: Josh Bollig 1-yard run; Andrew Dahl kick. 1:17, 4th.

Rushing (att-yds-yds lost-net) – DL: Christian Hedstrom 7-98-0-98; Jarett Nosal 3-92-0-92; Forrest Schleske 5-35-0-35; Sam Champa 2-9-0-9; Parker Jackson 1-9-0-9; Dylan Bremseth 3-7-3-4; Nick Aguilar 1-2-0-2; Josh Bollig 1-1-0-1. TOTAL: 26-312-6-306. SM: Colton Borders 8-35-0-35; Austin Bendson 6-26-0-26; Braxton Hirschey 2-22-0-22; Connor Schmitz 4-15-2-13; Jacob Bendson 2-8-0-8; Obed Lozano 6-15-8-7; Gage Neelan 5-8-2-6; Mason Rychner 1-5-0-5; Jeremy Miller 3-2-0-2; Alex Erpelding 1-1-0-1; Jacob Swensrud 2-0-12-(-12). TOTAL: 44-156-25-131

Passing (att-comp-inc-int-yds-td) – DL: Hedstrom 4-1-3-0-31-1…SM: Swensrud 6-3-2-1-41-0; Gavin Smith 1-0-1-0-0-0

Receiving (rec-yds-td) – DL: Michael Herrmann 1-31-1…SM: John Lund 1-27-0; Lozano 1-8-0; Brody Kroupenske 1-6-0

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