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Football: No. 1 Indians stay dominant

The first step of defending their Class 1A state championship was taken with ease by the Mahnomen football team, as they stomped No. 8 seed Red Lake 58-6 Tuesday in the Section 8-1A quarterfinals.

The Indians (9-0) next opponent is a very familiar one in No. 4 Fertile-Beltrami, which toppled No. 5 Fosston 34-20.

The game will be Saturday in Mahnomen, starting at 7 p.m.

The Indians wrapped up the regular season undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class 1A with a 49-6 win over visiting and next playoff opponent Fertile-Beltrami last Wednesday.

Austin Reitan had two rushing touchdowns of one and 72 yards, while leading the way with 135 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Quarterback Brian Schoenborn threw for a pair of touchdowns, as well, by hitting Nathan Hanson for a 31-yard strike and 32 yards to Kody Levebvre.

Fertile-Beltrami completed their first drive of the game with a touchdown on Billy Gramer’s 18-yard pass to Mitchell Mosher, but after that, it was slow going for the Falcons, as Mahnomen outgained them by a 453-126 margin.

“Offensively, we moved the ball very well most of the night,” said Mahnomen head coach John Clark Jr. “We hurt ourselves with some fumbles and untimely penalties but overall, we were pleased. 

“We’re just not quite hitting on all cylinders yet and I believe we are very close to exploding offensively. Defensively, except for the first drive, we played very well again.  They were able to drive it down and score on their first possession.  That seemed to fire us up a little bit.” 

Mahnomen outscored their opponents by a wide margin of 387-26, while posting five shutouts and two games where opposing offenses gained negative yardage.