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Lakers shutout Fargo North 20-0

Running back Parker Jackson (38) speeds through the line for a big gain in the second quarter of Friday night's game in Detroit Lakes. Photos by Brian Basham/DL Newspapers

DETROIT LAKES — Detroit Lakes played typical Laker football pounding the ball with an effective run game and the defense recorded a shutout in a 20-0 victory over Fargo North at Mollberg Field Friday night.

“We always have that goal to be the biggest, baddest defense and I think we proved it tonight big time,” senior Sam Champa said.

Parker Jackson was a workhorse in the backfield rushing 20 times for 159 yards and a touchdown.

“The line really started pushing and I had plenty of holes,” Jackson said. “It made my job easy.”

Fullback Forrest Schleske got DL on the board on a three-yard plunge with 11:31 remaining in the second quarter after a scoreless first quarter where the Lakers ran 22 plays to only 10 by the Spartans.

Typical first game jitters kept the Lakers from putting up more points early.

“We just shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers and penalties and you can’t do that,” Head Coach Flint Motschenbacher said. “Our defense held us in the game until we got going in the second half. We figured it out and started moving the ball in the second half. The defense played great the whole game.”

DL went to the break up 7-0 and scored their second touchdown on a two-play drive that lasted all of 22 seconds after getting the ball on the Spartan 37 after a punt return.

Quarterback Christian Hedstrom hit Ryan Cihak with a 19-yard pass and Jackson rumbled in on the next play from 18-yards out to put the Lakers up 14-0.

Fargo North battled the Laker front line trying the get a running game established all of a lengthy third quarter failing to get past midfield.

Sam Champa set up a five-yard touchdown run with 5:07 remaining in the game after a 49-yard sprint down the left sideline to get inside the Spartan 10-yard line. Champa had nine rushes for 94 yards.

“That huge line up front got a lot of push and pretty much opened it up,” Champa said.

Jackson and Champa were a steady one-two punch at tailback all game and Motschenbacher chose to run the ball the final ten plays of the game to eat up the clock utilizing a big advantage with his offensive line after DL gave up the ball trying the throw to open the fourth quarter. The Lakers had a big advantage in rushing yards totaling 319 to 80 for the Spartans.

“There’s no question those are two good running backs and they both play defense so we have to use them both,” said Motschenbacher.

Schleske was crucial in short yardage situations from the fullback position and Ryan Cihak proved a double threat rushing around the end seven times for 60 yards and grabbing two Hedstrom passes for 30 yards.

“I think our depth was the difference in the game,” said Motschenbacher. “Those first games you never know. We had to change our style a little bit, but I think it looks good.”

Scores from other Heart O' Lakes teams in both divisions:

Barnesville blew out East Grand Forks at home 45-6.

Frazee beat Park Rapids Area in Frazee 26-23.

Hawley defeated Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Glyndon 18-6.

Roseau, DL's next opponent, took out Warroad in Roseau 21-6.

Perham won on the road in Pelican Rapids 36-21.

Other regional scores:

Mahnomen 44, Pine River-Backus 13

Lake Park-Audubon 12, Pillager 6

Brainerd 30, Fergus Falls 6

Fertile-Beltrami 53, Red Lake 0

Moorhead 18, Alexandria 13

Bemidji 49, Grand Rapids 0

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 36, Bertha-Hewitt 6

Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 50, Ashby 0

Fosston 22, Blackduck 12

Wadena-Deer Creek 22, West Central Area 6

Red Lake County 28, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 12

Fargo North at Detroit Lakes; Friday, Aug. 29; Mollberg Field.

Lakers        0  7  7  6  - 20

Spartans    0  0  0  0 -  0

DL: Forrest Schleske 3-yd run; Luke Payne kick. 11:31, 2nd quarter.

DL: Parker Jackson 18-yd run; Luke Payne kick 3:45 3rd

DL: Sam Champa 5-yd run; kick missed

Robert Williams

Robert is the Sports Editor of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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