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Falcons to provide Class 5-A test for Laker football

Laker receiver Josh Stalberger (11) makes a move on a Shanley defender after a catch last week. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)1 / 2
Sophomore running back Alex Mason (33) breaks through a gaping hole in the Shanley line last Friday night. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)2 / 2

The Detroit Lakes football team is on the rebound after its 35-26 season-opening loss in Shanley Friday, as Class 5A Robbinsdale Armstrong visits Mollberg Field Friday.

The Falcons reside in one of the state's toughest conferences -- the Classic Lake -- and are under the helm of first-year head coach Ryan Bartlett, who has installed the spread offense and features a no-huddle system.

"They will run the no huddle throughout the game," said DL head coach Flint Motschenbacher. "It's tough to substitute against, so you have to have packages which cover everything. You can't use your normal defense against it."

The Lakers have already had a taste of the no huddle, after Shanley opened up with it on their first drive, which resulted in six plays and a touchdown.

But now DL will be prepared for it, as well as the spread offense, which is catching on more and more on the high school football field.

"You have to limit their big plays," Motschenbacher said of the keys to combat the spread. "They will try and run the ball early and then try and throw it where your defense isn't.

"That makes the pass rush that much more important, and also wrapping up your tackles."

The Falcons have struggled over the last several years, but made strides in their season opener against Rochester Central by scoring 24 points in a 41-24 loss.

"Our teams haven't scored 24 points in awhile, so it's a good start," said Robbinsdale Armstrong activity director Patti Weldon, who is a 1980 graduate of DLHS.

The little mistakes pecked away at the Lakers last week, including a muffed kickoff return, which led to an early 14-0 deficit before the Lakers even touched the ball offensively.

"We just made several little mistakes which prevented us from pulling the game out," Motschenbacher said. "But I saw the team get better as the game progressed. But when you get down 14-0 before you even touch the ball, it's a whole different ball game."

The Lakers gave a nice little peek of their big play capabilities with junior running back Logan Baker busting off a 61-yard touchdown run and a 55-yard scamper in the series after.

Sophomore quarterback Joe Mollberg also showed off his ability to throw the ball on a 23-yard scoring strike to junior wideout Josh Stalberger, hitting the tall receiver with a lofted pass in the back of the end zone.

"I was pleased with how Joe managed the game, he played well," Motschenbacher said. "But like the team, he made some small mistakes here and there, but he showed he will be a very capable and good quarterback."

Mollberg finished the night going 6-17 with 91 yards, a touchdown and one interception.

A good ball possession offense will be needed to keep the ball out of the Falcons' hands, which means a good rushing attack and the ability to move the chains.

Defensively, the Lakers were hit with 419 yards by Shanley, including 280 rushing and 139 passing.

Kickoff against the Falcons is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Mollberg Field.

Laker stats

Detroit Lakes 2009 season stats: 0-1.

Opponents 35, Lakers 26

Detroit Lakes - 6 8 6 6 -- 26

Opponents - 14 7 7 7 -- 35

Scoring leaders

Logan Baker -- 6 points (1 rushing TD).

Joe Mollberg -- 6 points (1 rushing TD).

Josh Stalberger -- 6 points (1 receiving TD).

Alex Mason -- 6 points (1 rushing TD).

Brock Johnson -- 2 points (1 PAT reception).

DL Opp

First Downs 12 17

By Rushing 8 10

By passing 4 7

By penalty 0 0

Net Yards Rushing 237 280

No. rushes 32 44

Yards gained 251 299

Yards lost 14 19

Net Yards Passing 91 139

No. passes 17 12

Completed 6 9

Incomplete 10 3

Had intercepted 1 0

Interception yards 0 37

Total Offensive Plays 52 56


Kickoffs 5 6

Yards 230 223

Ave. kickoff 46 37.2

Kickoffs Returned 3 4

Yards 42 86

Ave. return 14 21.5

Fumbles 1 2

Fumbles lost 1 2

Penalties 6 11

Yards 30 70

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Individual Rushing

DL --

Player NR YG YL Net

Logan Baker 14 175 0 175

Joe Mollberg 13 50 14 36

Alex Mason 5 26 0 26

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Individual Passing

Player No Comp Inc Int Yds TD

DL --

Mollberg 17 6 10 1 91 1

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Pass Receiving

Player No. Yds. TD

DL --

Josh Stahlberger 4 63 1

Brock Johnson 1 12 0

Baker 1 11 0

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Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Nathan Bausman 5 230 46

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Kickoffs Returned

Player No. Yds. Ave.

DL --

Nate Baker 2 31 15.5

Connor McLeod 1 11 11

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Pass Interceptions

Player No. Yds.

DL -


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Player No. Yds. lost

DL -

Nathan DuChene 1 6

Justin Holm 1 8

Opponets -

Sacks 1 4.