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Week six area football match-ups

Ben Nordmark and the Lakers head to Glyndon to take on the D-G-F Rebels Friday night. Nordmark is in pursuit of the top of the all-time career rushing yards mark at Detroit Lakes and can ascend to third all-time with a big game. Robert Williams/Tribune

Detroit Lakes (1-4) heads to Glyndon to face the 3-2 Rebels Friday night. The teams have not met since 2014 when the Lakers pulled out a 14-13 victory.

The Rebels have shutout victories over East Grand Forks (27-0) and Thief River Falls (57-0), the two teams remaining on DL’s schedule. D-G-F’s third victory came last week at Park Rapids 50-6. The two defeats were in the opener at Barnesville 27-14 and week four at home to Pequot Lakes 35-7.

DL is coming off a home loss to Pequot 28-12 last Friday.

The Lakers should be fully healthy for the first time since the opening quarter of the season with Cameron Erb having a game under his belt last week and Ben Nordmark nearing full speed after getting accustomed to playing with a leg brace.

Nordmark (2,828 career yards) can continue his rise up the all-time rushing list needing 120 yards to catch Mark Leslie for third (1983-85) and his mark of 2,948 yards.

The Rebels played without starting quarterback Austin Bitker last week. Aiden Leach was 9-12 passing for 171 yards and two scores at Park Rapids. Nathan Leitner has also taken snaps for D-G-F.

Steven Taves is the man to stop in the backfield. He has led the Rebels in rushing in four of five games topping 100 yards in three contests.

D-G-F has a scoring average of 31 points per game while giving up 13.6. The Lakers are near even scoring 21.8 and allowing 22.6.

Red Lake County at Lake Park-Audubon

The LP-A Raiders have dropped two straight games to fall to .500 at 3-3. The Raiders quest for a fourth win comes against Red Lake County (4-1) at home. LP-A has won the past two meetings.

The Rebels are coming off a first loss of the season 26-22 at home to Fertile-Beltrami after opening with four consecutive victories.

LP-A lost a shootout with Mahnomen at home last week 40-34 without starting quarterback Ryan Voge. In his place, Teddy Schauer had the passing game working and the Raiders got touchdowns from four different players with Schauer throwing for three scores. Mahnomen scored with 90 seconds left in the game to escape with the win.

Badger/Greenbush-Middle River at Mahnomen

Mahnomen hosts the Gators in a matchup of opposing streaks. The Indians (4-1) have won four straight games, while the Gators had dropped the last three, including a tight 6-2 loss at Lake Park in week four.

History is on the side of Mahnomen, like it is with all the teams on the Indians’ schedule. Mahnomen has won eight of nine meetings dating back to 2006. The lone Gator victory was in 2007.

Quarterback Jon Starkey led Mahnomen to victory last week in Lake Park but left the game twice with a leg injury. He scored the game-winner leading Mahnomen down the field trailing by two points in the final two minutes.

Starkey and Izaiah Asher will be the keys to the offense, per usual, and likely thorns in the side of the Gator defense. Both players have been highly productive this season as Mahnomen continues their quest for an eighth consecutive section championship.

NCE/UH at Nevis

The 4-1 Titans responded to their first loss of the season with a 28-0 win in Hallock over Kittson County Central and have a tall task on the road in Nevis facing the No. 5 team in Class 9-man. The 5-0 Tigers have put up more than 40 points in the last four games and have not allowed more than two touchdowns to an opponent in all five contests.

Nevis sits atop Section 6 in a battle of four teams with Rothsay (4-1), Waubun (4-1) and the Titans (4-1) all in the hunt for the No. 1 seed. The Titans can really muddle the standings with a victory, while Nevis can get a leg up on all four teams with a sixth straight win.

Nevis has a favorable matchup in week seven against Goodridge/Grygla (2-3) on the road before what could be a battle in the finale against Section 8 leaders Stephen-Argyle (5-0) at home.

The Titans are favorites in their final two games against Northern Freeze at home and at Grygla, but face their toughest test of the season Friday night. Their lone loss came in a squeaker at home to Waubun 15-14 two weeks ago. The matchup with Nevis,like the Waubun game, is a precursor to what will be a highly competitive section playoff bracket.

Clearbrook-Gonvick at Waubun

Waubun (4-1) was defeated by Nevis at home 44-12 in what was the first regular season loss at home since 2013. The Bombers have been playing without starting quarterback Parker Syverson who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

As the season progresses, even at less than 100 percent, it will be tough to keep junior standout on the sidelines as the playoffs begin to loom in the near future.

In Syverson’s absence, the Bombers have gotten back to business as usual and will provide a tough test for Clearbrook-Gonvick. The Bears have lost four straight games. Waubun has won the last four meetings outscoring the Bears 103-28 in those games.

Jayden Heisler has been effective in Syverson’s absence and regardless of who is under center, the Bombers look poised to improve with a fifth victory to set up a week seven showdown with undefeated Stephen-Argyle on the road.

Friday’s game is the regular season home finale for Waubun as they finish the year in Warren against the Ponies (2-3) in the shortened MEA week Wednesday game on October 18.

Pelican Rapids at Roseau

The Pelican Rapids Vikings (2-3) are riding high off a home victory over Wadena-Deer Creek last week and will make the road trip to Roseau (1-4) looking for a second straight win for the first time since 2014.

Both teams have struggled in the past few seasons.

Roseau snapped a three-year losing streak getting their first win since 2014 in a 9-8 victory over Eveleth-Gilbert in week four.

Vikings’ Head Coach Dave Haugen recorded his 100th victory last week in an emotional win for both he and his group of seniors who have stuck together in turning around Pelican’s program. A road win would be huge for Pelican, as much as second victory of the season for Roseau would be beneficial to the Rams.

This game is the epitome of a toss-up and should be a fun matchup for both fanbases.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at 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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