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Lakers rush for 630 yards in blowout at Fergus Falls

The Detroit Lakes offensive line took on a challenge from head coach Josh Omang and opened huge holes all night for Isaiah Thompson and the Laker running backs. Thompson eclipsed 300 yards rushing, all in the first half. Robert Williams / Tribune

Isaiah Thompson rushed 17 times gaining 312 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead No. 4AAAA Detroit Lakes to a 49-7 blowout victory over the Otters in Fergus Falls Friday, Sept. 14 at Otter Stadium.

Thompson did all that damage in the first half as the Lakers led 35-0 at halftime and Coach Omang let many of his reserve players take care of the final 24 minutes of play.

“It feels really good,” said Thompson.

The Lakers looked good from the opening snap as Thompson rushed for 19 yards on the first play and for 43 yards on the third play to get to the Otter one-yard line. Otter defenders came up big stripping the ball from Thompson at the goal line and earning a touchback for the efforts grabbing momentum 90 seconds into the game.

“Once we did it, we didn’t get down or mad at each other; we just fixed it and kept on playing,” said Thompson.

The DL defenders forced a three-and-out punt to give the offense the ball back at the Laker 44.

Noah Olds (60), Noah Steffl (43), Hunter Cheska (31).

Thompson got right back to work rushing for eight yards and on the second play sprinting 48 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead after Braeden Wimmer’s kick.

Wimmer was a perfect 7-7 in point after tries Friday night.

The Otters were forced to punt without gaining a first down again and the fumble bug hit DL for a second time when Gabe Hanninen lost the ball on DL’s second play from scrimmage.

Fergus Falls picked up a first down on their third possession but punted to the Laker 19.

Thompson busted a gainer for 66 yards to set up Reed Mace, who scored from the 15 as DL moved 81 yards in two plays using up only 38 seconds for a 14-0 lead.


The Otter offense struggled to move the ball against the Lakers first defense punting after only three plays again.

DL took over on their own 33-yard line with four straight Thompson runs and Mace picked up 47 on a run from his side of midfield to set up a seven-yard Thompson touchdown and a 21-0 lead in the final minute of the first quarter.

The Laker offensive line continued to bust open Fergus defenders as Mace, Hanninen and Thompson found room to get to the second level untouched.

“They’ve played really freakin’ good,” said Thompson. “We had some injuries early in the season, and we had guys step up and take over. They’ve been getting the job done, young guys stepping up and it all pays off.”

DL head coach Josh Omang put the onus on his linemen to improve their play and the Lakers were crisp up front, quick out of the huddle, reminiscent of Laker football teams during the championship years.

“After last week, we won the game and that was great but we did not play very well up front,” said Omang. “I wanted us to come out and play well, run the ball and block the right guys and we did and it was awesome.”

Using the big guys up front to control the game was the coach’s message and it got through.

Isaiah Thompson (22), Noah Johnson (6), Sully Wood (27)

“We worked so hard on that this week,” said Omang. “We talk about those messages; what it used to look like, what our line used to look like and what people used to say when we were done,” Omang said. “We’ve been working so hard to work into our line that we control the tempo; we snap out of the huddle; we sprint to the line.”

The Otters needed points bad to stay in the game and got to the Laker 32 before turning the ball over on downs.

Thompson, Mace and quarterback Max Gunderson picked up first downs before Thompson scored his third touchdown of the night, this time from 40 and a 28-0 lead at 7:17 of the second quarter.

On their next possession, the Laker offense ate up four minutes driving from their own 20 to the goal line and a one-yard touchdown run by Hanninen.

The Lakers led 35-0 at halftime and the starters in the backfield took the second half off after rushing 30 times for 452 yards.


“I didn’t want to throw the ball one time and we ended up doing it accidentally,” said Omang.

Gunderson’s only passing attempt was incomplete on a long third down play early in the third quarter.

Fergus avoided the shutout scoring on a Parker Jacobs’ eight-yard run.

The Lakers’ second unit responded with a Colby Olson four-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a Garrett Nelson 48-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter pleasing a jubilant Laker sideline and a rowdy student section. The rush was Nelson’s first of his varsity career.

“I want our kids to have fun,” said Omang. “We put so much work in and our staff does too, but kids play sports to have fun.”

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak to the Otters (0-3) as DL improved to 3-0 on the season.

“We’ve been on the other end of some of these too,” said Omang. “This is a good rivalry and we know that, but it was our turn.”

As a team, the Lakers rushed 44 times for a whopping 630 yards.

DL faces Park Rapids at home next Friday, Sept. 21.

DL 21 14 7 7 - 49

FF   0 0 7 0 -  7

First quarter

D - Isaiah Thompson 48 run (Wimmer kick)

D - Reed Mace 15 run (Wimmer kick)

D - Thompson 7 run (Wimmer kick)

Second quarter

D - Thompson 40 run (Wimmer kick)

D - Gabe Hanninen 1 run (Wimmer kick)

Third quarter

F - Parker Jacobs 8 run (Shane Wahlund kick)

D - Colby Olson 4 run (Wimmer kick)

Fourth quarter

D - Garrett Nelson 48 run (Wimmer kick)

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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