Lakers open football season against Fargo North Friday night
DETROIT LAKES — Head coach Flint Motschenbacher, in his 17th year, leads the Detroit Lakes Lakers football team into the 2014 season against first-year head coach Adam Roland's Fargo North Spartans at Mollberg Field Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Detroit Lakes comes off a 9-2 season last year ending in a second consecutive state playoff appearance where the Lakers were knocked out by DeLasalle in the quarterfinals at St. Cloud State University November 9.
This year's team will have many new faces at the skill positions, led under center by starting quarterback Christian Hedstrom. Hedstrom takes the starting job left open by DL's all-time leading scorer Michael Herzog.
Sam Champa, Parker Jackson, Forrest Schleske should all see their share of time with the ball for the Lakers. Detroit Lakes has four returning starters on offense and defense and will likely be without the services of junior lineman James Huwe, who is questionable after injuring the meniscus in his knee a week ago.
North comes off a 1-8 season including a 35-20 loss at home to Detroit Lakes to start last season. The Lakers trailed 6-0 after the first quarter, but built a 28-12 lead by the 6:26 mark of the fourth quarter.
The Spartans will counter on offense with returning senior quarterback Michael Boutain.
Boutain was a three-way threat last season scoring six times, rushing for 348 yards and receiving for 305 with some passing duties.
The Boutain versus Hedstrom matchup at quarterback is intriguing in that Boutain is returning with a new coach and a new scheme, which presents some difficulty to DL in that the Lakers will need to adjust on the fly having little to scout beforehand.
Hedstrom is a first-year starter running an offense that has proven highly effective consistently for years. Champa is no stranger to the end zone and will garner attention from the North defense.
Last year DL was a favorite and won the game by playing a complete four quarters of football. Typically, in the first game of the year, the more consistent team wins. Should be an interesting night watching a battle to move the ball.
Game note: Former Fargo North head coach Kelly Kalina has joined the Detroit Lakes coaching staff this season.