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Vikings pick up first win on gridiron

Pelican Rapids traveled to Warroad and picked up its first gridiron win of the season after turning up the heat with 27 unanswered second half points.

The Vikings played a solid all around game in the process, by scoring on their first possessions of the game after ending Warroad's opening possession with a fumble recovery by Dan Ditch.

The opening touchdown went to Brady Morgan on a one-yard run, with the Cris Molina PAT giving the Vikings the early 7-0 lead.

The Vikings scored again on a 34-yard field goal by Molina.

Warroad came back strong with a good scoring drive, ending with a one-yard run from Adam Shaugabay.  

The two-point try failed, and it was all Pelican Rapids after that.

  Pelican Rapids picked up two touchdowns in the third quarter on a seven-yard run by Alex Klovstad, who led the Vikings in rushing with 99 yards on the ground.

The next touchdown for the Vikings came when Connor Holt recovered a Vikings' fumble in the endzone.

Molina was good on both PAT's.

  In the fourth quarter, the Vikings again got on the board twice.

Brady Morgan scored from eight yards out on a run and Casey Bruggeman scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak.

A bad snap on the last PAT resulted in the missed extra point.

"The offensive line of Lance Erickson, Dan Wood, Connor Holt, Cody Wahlstrom  Landon Ohe and Justin Keller deserve a lot of credit for the success of the team," said Pelican Rapids head coach Dave Haugen. "They did a great job all night as the Vikings picked up 280 yards on the ground."

Defensively, the line also did a good job of shutting down the Warroad running game and not giving the team much time to throw when the Warriors went to the pass.

Viking results

Pelican Rapids 37, Warroad 6

Vikings - 10 0 14 13 -- 37

Warriors - 0 6 0 0 -- 6


PR: Brady Morgan 1-yard run; Cris Molina kick. 8:01, 1st quarter.

PR: Molina 34-yard field goal. 3:02, 1st.

Warr: Adam Shaugabay 5-yard run; PAT failed. 5:08, 2nd.

PR: Alex Klovstad 7-yard run; Molina kick. 7:21, 3rd.

PR: Connor Holt 1-yard fumble return; Molina kick. 2:25, 3rd.

PR: Morgan 8-yard run; Molina kick. 10:34, 4th.

PR: Casey Bruggeman 1-yard run; PAT failed. 7:13, 4th.

PR Warr

First Downs 14 10

Net Yards Rushing 276 118

Yards Passing 16 68

No. Passes 6 13

Completed 2 4

Had intercepted 1 1

Plays from line of scrimmage 57 57

Total Yards 292 186

Penalties/yards 4/26 4/40

Fumbles/lost 3/1 6/4

Rushing (att-yds) -- PR: Alex Klovstad 19-99; Dan Ditch 8-73; Brady Morgan 10-56; Casey Bruggeman 9-35; Taylor Budke 2-12; Jed Evenson 1-1; Cris Bakken 2-0...Warr: Adam Shaugabay 19-61; Aaron Storey 10-35; Matt Vickaryous 8-19; Terrance Magnuson 2-2; Quinn Lang 1-1; Lucas Gunnufson 1-0; Jordan Hahn 1-0.

Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int) -- PR: Bruggeman 2-6-16-0-1...Warr: Storey 3-12-48-0-1.

Receiving (rec-yds-td) -- PR: Mike Strand 1-12-0; Morgan 1-4-0...Warr: Kyle Abendroth 2-21-0; George Slater 1-27-0; Tyler Hansen 1-20-0.