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Football: Vikings rush for over 500

Over a half thousand rushing yards were recorded by Pelican Rapids in a Friday night scoring barrage, as the Vikings toppled the visiting East Grand Forks Green Wave 47-40.

The Vikings paced their up-and-down offensive attack with 508 yards, led by Ryan Bruggeman’s 247 yards and quarterback Blaine Gorton’s 149 rushing yards.

Bruggeman now has rushed for 1,000 yards on the season, along with 14 touchdowns.

“I was real proud of how our guys kept battling back and never gave up,” said Pelican Rapids head coach Dave Haugen.  “A couple of times it felt as if we might have run out of gas, but we kept having guys step up and come up with the play that we needed. 

“Other times it felt like we had put the game out of reach, but give credit to EGF because they never quit working either.”

There were five different lead changes, with a 14-yard TD run by Bruggeman closing the game out 47-34 with 3:44 remaining.

EGF’s Tye Ausmus did make it interesting with a 95-yard touchdown run, but the Vikings were able to kill the clock on the ensuing drive.

“This was a great win for our team,” Haugen said. “We’ve had some wild games, but the bottom line is that we are finding ways to win games.”

With the win, Pelican Rapids is now 4-2 on the season and 4-1 in HOL Conference play. 

With the Hawley loss, Pelican Rapids is now playing to earn a share of the conference title as well.

East Grand Forks at Pelican Rapids, Friday, Oct. 4

Green Wave   14 14 0 12 – 40

Vikings          13 15 6 13 – 47

PR: Eddie Ramos punt fumble return; kick failed

EGF: Trevor Selk 2-yard run; kick failed

PR: Gauge Lee 17-yard run; Hobet Kiaz kick

EGF: Brock Scheving 52-yard run; Scheving run

EGF: Selk 1-yard run; PAT fialed

PR: Blaine Gorton 72-yard run; Hobet kick

EGF: Selk 31-yard pass to Tanner Seim; Selk run

PR: Ryan Bruggeman 7-yard run; Bruggeman run

PR: Nick Thompson 3-yard run; kick failed

PR: Bruggeman 10-yard run; run failed

EGF: Selk 23-yard pass to Scheving

PR: Bruggeman 14-yard run; Hobet kick

EGF: Tye Ausmus 95-yard run; PAT failed

PR rushing (att-yds-td): Gauge Lee 5-44-1; Bruggeman 16-247-3; Nick Thompson 15-61-1; Blaine Gorton 11-149-1; Robert Mazariegos 1-11-0. TOTAL: 50-508-6

Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int): Gorton 1-2-1-0-1

Receiving (rec-yds-td): Bruggeman 1-1-0