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Hornet FB takes win No. 4 in a row

The Frazee Hornets took a step up in the Section 8-2A standings with an important -- and impressive -- 28-0 victory in Pine River-Backus Friday.

The Hornets and Tigers were deadlocked in both the section standings and the Northern Plains Conference.

But the Tigers couldn't stop Frazee from stretching out their winning streak to four games, improving to 4-2 in the conference and 4-3 overall.

Statistically, the offenses and defenses appeared to be matched well, but the rolling Frazee squad was paced behind the rushing of senior Skyler Jackson, who finished with 178 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown.

The ground game performance set an all-time FHS rushing record with 414 yards.

"These young men, while still plagued with injuries and short on numbers, set an all-time single game rushing record," said Frazee head coach Jim Rader. "This shattered the old record, which was set in 2001, by 50 yards.  

"The old record was set when the Hornets played Hill Murray on a night in which former Hornet Andy Stearns racked up 317 yards himself."

The new record was set without a single player rushing for 200 yards.  

"This was a true tribute to how this team operates, as multiple players had carries on the night," Rader said. "These kids are learning the true meaning to 'team' success."

Mike Moltzan and Nick Brower each had 74 yards, while Matt Viste kicked in 62 yards rushing, as well. The trio also had end zone strikes for touchdowns.

The Hornet defense has also played solid during the winning streak, and this time the unit posted a huge scoring shutout and only allowed PRB a total of 45 yards on the entire night.  

Nineteen Frazee players posted tackles on the night, and the defense chalked up a pair of interceptions against a team that had only been intercepted once all season.

"Early on we believed in the kids and we felt we had the personnel to play some good football," Rader said. "Now as they have gained experience, they are playing with more confidence, and it is showing with more aggressive play."

Special teams was not be left out of the mix either, as the kick-receive team returned one for a touchdown and the team went 4-4 on extra point attempts Friday night.  

To top it off, Cody Nunn drilled one kickoff into the end zone for a touchback.

"This was really a fun night for the team, as we gave some of our faithful fans a night to remember," Rader said. "However, even with the excitement that goes with a night like this one, we still have work to do. We are, and will be, one team with one goal."

Frazee will be at home against Blackduck (1-6) Wednesday.

Hornet results

Frazee at Pine River-Backus, Friday, Oct. 3.

Hornets 28, Tigers 0

Frazee rushing (att-yds): Skyler Jackson 26-178, Mike Moltzan 11-74, Nick Brower 4-74, Matt Viste 9-62, Ben Lujan 2-15, Storm Green 1-8, Dylan Stender 1-3.

Frazee passing (att-comp-yds-td-int): Stender 5-2-32-0-0.

Frazee receiving (rec-yds): Brower 1-21, Matt Viste 1-11.