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Mahnomen Football - Easy start to playoffs

The second and third stringers for the Mahnomen Indians became first-stringers, as the Class 1A No. 1 ranked team plowed through No. 8 seeded Red Lake 44-0 Tuesday in the opening round of the Section 8-1A playoffs.

The Indians' starters played just the first two series of the game, built a 14-0 lead, then handed it off to their younger teammates for the rest of the evening.

The substitutes faired just as well, as the Indians led 32-0 by the end of the first quarter.

"The biggest thing is we came out with the win and healthy," said Mahnomen head coach John Clark Jr.

The domination the Indians have shown this season is second to none in the state.

After the playoff win, Mahnomen has outscored its opponents by an unreal 418-12 -- meaning the team has given up just two touchdowns all season.

The Indians also closed out the regular season with a 39-0 win over visiting Red Lake County Central.

In their quarterfinal playoff game, though, the Mahnomen defense reached new heights, after stuffing Red Lake to a negative six yards rushing.

The Warriors picked up 55 passing yards for a grand total of 49 yards of total offense.

The Section 8-1A semifinals will have Warren-Alvarado-Oslo visiting Mahnomen Saturday.

The finals will be Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Fargodome, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Indian results

Section 8-1A quarterfinals: (8) Red Lake at (1) Mahnomen, Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Warriors 0 0 0 0 - 0

Indians 32 0 6 6 - 44

Mah: Jacob Pavek 25-yard run; PAT failed.

Mah: Nick Otto 15-yard run; Garret Hoffner run.

Mah: Trevor Krebsbach 36-yard run; PAT failed.

Mah: Shawn Neisen interception return; PAT failed.

Mah: Blake Kahlbaugh 7-yard run; pass failed.

Mah: Brian Schoenborn interception return; PAT failed.

Mah: Brian Schoenborn 1-yard run; PAT failed.

Mahnomen rushing: Brian Schoenborn 5-46; Trevor Krebsbach 1-36; Blake Kahlbaugh 5-35; Bob Bjorge 2-32; Jacob Pavek 1-25; Jake Worms 5-22; Nick Otto 1-15; Bryce Penner 1-(-3).

Mahnomen passing (comp-att-yds-td-int): Schoenborn 0-1-0-0-1.

Mahnomen receiving: None.

Red Lake Country Central at Mahnomen, Thursday, Oct. 18.

RLCC 0 0 0 0 - 0

Indians 20 12 7 0 - 39

Mah: J. Pavek 51-yard run; PAT failed.

Mah: Garret Hoffner 11-yard run; Hoffner pass by Pavek.

Mah: Pavek 1-yard run; PAT failed.

Mah: Bjorge 8-yard run; PAT failed.

Mah: Trevor Haugo 13-yard run; PAT failed.

Mah: Pavek 1-yard run; Pavek kick.

Mahnomen rushing: Jacob Pavek 10-188; Bob Bjorge 7-40; Garret Hoffner 5-34; Bryce Penner 2-33; Trevor Haugo 4-25; Brian Schoenborn 1-0; Dana Marley 1-0; Trevor Krebsbach 1-0; Kody Lefebvre 6-(-3).

Mahnomen passing: Pavek 1-2-18-0-0.

Mahnomen receiving: Haugo 1-18.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.