Detroit Lakes' 20-14 victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton gave the Lakers a two-game lead with two games to play in the Section 8AAAA standings and DL should be the top ranked team when this week's QRF is calculated.
Only one other section team won on Friday night, Willmar with a 16-3 win over St. Cloud Apollo.
ROCORI missed a 25-yard field goal at the final horn to drop a 14-12 game against Becker. The Spartans' quarterback Jack Steil was 11-for-22 passing for 196 yards. He ran for both ROCORI touchdowns.
A Steil pass to Tucker Haakonson for the conversion on ROCORI's second touchdown failed and was the difference on the scoreboard.
Steil engineered a five-play, 84-yard drive in the waning minutes to get the Spartans to the Becker eight-yard line but Christian Rodriguez's field goal for the win missed as time expired.
Cloquet unloaded on Grand Rapids 42-18 and Foley blanked Little Falls 12-0.
The ROCORI loss was big. The Spartans came into the week ranked No. 8 in the QRF, while Detroit Lakes was No. 11. The Spartans strength of schedule and a big 27-7 win over No. 2 Delano in week four put ROCORI ahead via the QRF formula.
Vikings down Hornets in shootout victory
Broden Fleisher had two early touchdowns to give Frazee a 14-8 lead but Pelican Rapids rallied for a 45-36 victory at home Friday night.
“We were able to come up with the big plays tonight,” Vikings coach Dave Haugen said.
Trailing by six points in the second quarter and facing a fourth and 23, Haugen called the fake punt for success. McHale Korf found his favorite target Logan Fahje for 48 yards to turn a punting situation into first and goal at the three-yard line.
Matt Ziebell scored on the next play and the teams went into halftime tied at 14.
Jayden Rutherford started the second half with a kick six returning the kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown and a 22-14 lead after a Korf conversion.
Pelican Rapids never trailed after that score but the Hornets battled to stay in the game.
“Defensively, we were able to come up with enough plays and our ability to run the ball and keep the clock moving once we had the lead was huge in us being able to come away with the win,” said Haugen.
Ziebell had rushing touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.
Frazee closed to a one-score deficit twice in the second half.
Cole Fleisher found Mason Newling on a six-yard touchdown pass with four minutes remaining in the game to cut the Pelican lead to 38-30.
Ziebell’s run from the three-yard line with 90 seconds to play put some comfort on the scoreboard 45-30, but Fleisher connected with Broden Fleisher again in the final minute on an 18-yard touchdown pass but the conversion run failed to keep the game two scores away.
Cole Fleisher completed 15-23 passes for 186 yards and four touchdowns. Broden Fleisher caught eight balls for 104 yards and two TDs.
Ziebell was 17-70 rushing for 70 yards and four touchdowns. Korf completed six of 13 for 143 yards.
Frazee dropped to 2-4. Pelican Rapids improved to 4-2 and snapped a two-game skid.
F 14 0 8 14 - 36
P 8 6 16 16 - 45
Thunderbirds, Polk County West battle in defensive struggle
No. 8A Mahnomen-Waubun got all they could handle from Polk County West scoring in the final three minutes to pull out a 12-6 Section 8A victory in Mahnomen Friday night.
The Thunder opened the fourth quarter with a Sam Gapp one-yard run to tie the game at six-all. A conversion run by John Fontaine failed to keep the game tied.
After stalled drives near midfield for both teams, the Thunderbirds drove 50 yards in five plays to earn the victory.
Brodie Bement scored on a 25-yard run with 2:22 left in the game. Bement’s conversion run failed to keep the lead 12-6.
Polk County West’s drive to answer went nowhere as the Thunderbird defense sealed the win.
The game was a struggle for both offenses. The Thunder gained 142 total yards, 116 on the ground. The Thunderbirds gained 217, all but 16 running the ball.
The Thunder dropped to 4-2 and are third place in Section 8A standings. Mahnomen-Waubun kept pace with first place Ada-Borup improving to 5-1. The Cougars are the only team to defeat the Thunderbirds this season.
P 0 0 0 6 - 6
M 6 0 0 6 - 12
Section 8AAAA games:
Becker 14, Rocori 12
Cloquet 42, Grand Rapids 18
Foley 12, Little Falls 0
Fergus Falls 21, Park Rapids 6
Barnesville 30, West Central/Ashby 6
Breckenridge 41, Hawley 21
NCE/UH 7, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 6
Red Lake County 42, Lake Park-Audubon 0
Ottertail Central 20, NY Mills 12