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Barnesville blanks Frazee football 37-0

Frazee's football team is getting a baptism by fire of sorts early in the season.

After suffering a tough 37-0 loss to Barnesville/Rothsay last Friday, the Hornets' task doesn't get any easier with a trip to Hawley this Friday.

The high-powered Nuggets hasn't given up a point in their first two games of the year, with the offense scoring 49 points on Mahnomen and 63 points against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

"We're just looking for improvement each week," Frazee coach Jim Rader said of what he is looking for to come out of the Hawley game.

After rushing for over 400 yards in a 19-14 win over Fertile-Beltrami on Sept. 4, Frazee coach Jim Rader said that the offensive line struggled this time out.

"I don't think they understood what speed is like on the line," Rader said of his line. "Barnesville was very quick and once they realized they needed to fly to make those blocks, things started to happen."

With four out of five offensive lineman going through their first varsity season, Rader said that they are getting vital game experience.

"They will get better," Rader said. "They have the tools and they will improve. I say that if you give them a couple of more weeks, I'd put them up against anyone."

The Trojans started out quickly in getting 14 points early off the back of running back Jacob Grosz behind a quick offensive line.

Grosz rattled off a 32-yard run for the first score and ran in a 3-yard run that gave Barnesville/Rothsay a 14-point lead. The Trojans added an 8-yard touchdown from Jacob Bashor, with a missed PAT kick, and a field goal from John Hagen to end the half.

"I don't feel that we started out with the intensity that we needed to have to compete," Rader said. "We let them set the tone and it was an uphill battle."

The Hornets managed to move the ball a little better in the second half, managing a couple of drives into Trojans territory, but the offense stalled out.

Rader said that despite being down 23-0 at halftime, his players didn't give in.

"We came out in the second half and made some adjustments," Rader said. "We had a new frame of mind and did move the ball. And we did get some stops."

"I'm sure (Matt) Viste and (Mike) Moltzan had 50 yards in the second half," Rader said. "We needed that same thing in the first half.

Viste finished with 85 rushing yards and Moltzan earned 53 yards on the ground.

Barnesville/Rothsay punched in two more touchdowns in the second half.

Zach Hochhalter had a 14-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter.

With three minutes left, Colby Braton showed some skill in turning the corner in a draw play where he outraced Frazee's defense.

Braton set up the touchdown with a 15-yard run from a pitch on the previous play.