"We were able to get to an early lead and after that it became a real back-and-forth game," Vikings head coach Dave Haugen said. "Overall, I was very pleased with our offensive performance as we put a lot of points on the board and a big number of total yards for the game."
The Vikings led 12-0 after the first quarter on a McHale Korf three-yard touchdown run and a 39-yard scoring pass to Jayden Rutherford.
PR Vikings with the win last night over New York Mills. Love the excitement from the student section! pic.twitter.com/34q6fXa4jm— Dana Syverson (@rdsyverson) September 7, 2019
The combined efforts of the Pelican Rapids' backfield were keys to success Friday night.
"McHale Korf had a strong game picking up some tough yards on the ground and had lots of help from Matty and Johnny Ziebell and Jayden Rutherford so they really couldn't key on any one back," said Haugen.
NY Mills' Bren Salo found Logan Small on a 23-yard touchdown pass for the only score of the second quarter and a 12-8 Eagles' deficit at the halftime break.
Rutherford and Korf both scored on 26-yard runs in the third quarter to open up a 24-8 advantage, but New York Mills (1-1) rallied.
"New York Mills made some changes offensively that we didn't adjust to real well, but made we were still able to make enough plays to pick up a hard-earned win," Haugen said.
Two touchdown runs by Small pulled the Eagles to within 24-20 early in the fourth quarter. Small rushed for 125 yards on 18 carries.
Korf and Rutherford connected on a 16-yard touchdown pass and reception in reply to put enough cushion on the scoreboard to withstand a final Eagles' push to the end zone.
Korf was solid completing 9-11 passing for 143 yards and two TDs; Rutherford caught four passes for 90 yards and both scores. He rushed 19 times for 122 yards to lead Pelican.
Underwood continues to roll, downs Frazee
The move to Class A from 9-man has not changed much in the outcomes of Underwood Rocket football games as the Frazee Hornets found out at home in a 44-18 loss.
The Hornets were in a tight game trailing only 8-6 after the first quarter as the team's traded scores early.
Broden Fleisher scored on a two-yard run to give Frazee a 6-0 lead at midway through the quarter. Nik Gardin answered on a 22-yard scoring run with a minute left in the opening frame. Chase Janu's PAT run for two points put Underwood up for good 8-6.
The Rockets led 22-6 at halftime.
Fleiser caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Cole Fleisher to pull Frazee within two scores trailing 28-12 midway through the third quarter but Underwood scored 16 unanswered points down the stretch to seal the win.
Underwood has outscored opponents 90-24 in two games. Both Frazee (0-2) contests have ended in the same final score.
The Rockets recorded 412 total offensive yards to Frazee's 207.
Zane Swanson and Gardin led the Rockets with 133 and 100 yards rushing, respectively, accounting for three touchdowns.
Luke Tweeton led Frazee with 14 carries for 88 yards.
Thunderbirds shutout Fosston at home
Mahnomen-Waubun scored 34 points in the first half of a 40-0 shutout of Fosston in the Thunderbirds' home-opener in Mahnomen Friday night.
Brodie Bement has been a touchdown machine early in the season and started Friday's game with a 49-yard score and a three-yard TD run to put the home team up 14-0 after the first quarter.
Tanner Pazdernik added a pair of second quarter scoring runs and the rout was on.
The Thunderbirds used a committee of ball carriers, led by Jack Miller 9-81 and Pazdernik 10-79. Bement recorded 64 yards, Dustin Rock had 57 and Nikkia Liebl 54. The latter four accounted for all six touchdowns.
Mahnomen-Waubun extended the co-op's winning streak to 15 games and are undefeated since the two schools combined.
Section 8AAAA teams:
ROCORI 30, Big Lake 13
Albany 56, Little Falls 7
Grand Rapids 65, Duluth Denfeld 0
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Blackduck 28, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 8 (Full game video)
Breckenridge 39, Roseau 0
Ada-Borup/West 42, Lake Park-Audubon 6
Staples-Motley 20, Ottertail Central 16
Verndale 50, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 6
Pillager 43, Crookston 6
Browerville/Eagle Valley 14, Parkers Prairie 12