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Frazee Hornets hitting its stride entering playoffs

Frazee football player Storm Green (5) hits the outside during a run against Pine River-Backus in the Fargodome last Thursday. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)1 / 2
Frazee's Brandon VanWatermulen tries for a grab in the end zone Thursday. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)2 / 2

The winning streak hit four games for the Frazee Hornet football team after another impressive win over Pine River-Backus in the FargoDome Thursday, Oct. 15, by the score of 16-14.

With that winning streak in the team's back pocket, Frazee is nearing one of its best records since 1990.

The Hornets keyed their latest win against the stingy Tiger rushing defense, with 286 yards on the ground.

"Pine River-Backus was coming into the game with one of the best run defenses in the conference," said Frazee head coach Jim Rader. "Our game plan was to take a strike in the air to start the game, in hopes of backing off their run support.

"Unfortunately, we came up empty and were the recipients of a penalty in the process. From that point on, we matched our strengths up against theirs and our kids came up big."

The Hornets relied on the legs of three ball carriers, who all found seams through the Tiger defensive line.

Matt Viste -- who was playing with an injured ankle -- led the way with 100 yards rushing on 11 attempts, while Mike Moltzan added 92 yards on 17 carries and Ben Lujan added 78 yards on 21 carries.

The bulk of the first half's scoring came late, after Viste scored a touchdown and Frazee added the two-point conversion for an 8-6 advantage.

But Pine River-Backus answered at the horn on a long pass, then added the two-point run for a 14-8 halftime edge.

Mike Moltzan contributed the lone score in the second half, followed up by the eventual game winning two-point try by Brandon VanWatermulen for the 16-14 win.

With a victory tonight (Wednesday), the Hornets will finish 6-2, which would be only the second time Frazee has finished that well since in the early 1980s and the last time since 1990, when the team made the Metrodome.

"I am so proud of these kids and their work ethic, I cannot even describe it," Rader said.

A win Wednesday also guarantees a home playoff game, which is setting up to be against Pelican Rapids Tuesday for the first round of the Section 8-2A playoffs.

Frazee rolls Wolves

The Hornets scored their third win in a row with a convincing 38-6 win over Walker/Hackensack-Akeley on Friday, Oct. 9.

It took just two plays into the game for the Hornets to set the tone, covering 75 yards to put the first points on the board.

From there, it was all Frazee, as Matt Viste rambled for an amazing 151 yards on just seven carries (21.6 yards per carry), while Lujan recorded 125 yards on the ground on 15 attempts.

In all, the Hornets scorched the Wolves for 401 total rushing yards, including three touchdowns by Moltzan.

"Our leading statistical players are some of the most humble young men I have ever known," Rader said. "Seeing that is one of the most rewarding things I can describe. Simply put, they are great representatives of our community."

Hornet results

Frazee 16, Pine River-Backus 14

Rushing (att-yds) -- Fraz: Matt Viste 11-100; Mike Moltzan 17-92; Ben Lujan 21-78; Storm Green 2-16.

Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int) -- Fraz: Dylan Stender 4-8-41-0-0.

Receiving (rec-yds-td) -- Fraz:Brandon VanWatermulen 2-13-0; Green 2-28-0.

Frazee 38, Walker/H-A 6

Rushing (att-yds) -- Fraz: Viste 7-151; Moltzan 11-88; Rij Koehnen 1-0; Lujan 15-125; Bruce Lemon 6-37.

Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int) -- Fraz: Dylan Stender 4-8-25-1-0.

Receiving (rec-yds-td) -- Fraz: VanWatermulen 3-21-1; Lujan 1-4-0.