Jackets win big at Park Rapids
Perham’s Colton Hackel, Finn Diggins and Noah Rooney helped the Yellowjackets repeat as Section 8AAA champions last season and returned in a big way this year showcasing their talent before a crowd of 250 fans at Vern Weekley Field in Park Rapids leading Perham to a 40-7 victory over the Panthers on Friday, Oct. 9.
Hackel passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 40 yards and another score while Diggins had six receptions for 100 yards and a TD and Rooney caught four passes for 115 yards and two TDs.
"Overall, pretty happy with how things went Friday," Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said. "We need to clean things up on both sides of the ball. Need to be more patient offensively and not try to make things happen."
Perham’s defense added a safety and held the Panthers to 181 total yards, compared to 402 put up by Perham’s offense.
All of Perham’s scoring came in the first half creating running time on the clock in the third and fourth quarters.
Perham (1-0) hosts Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (1-0) in the home opener Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The Rebels won at Pequot Lakes 26-20.
PER 16 24 0 0 - 40
PR 0 0 0 7 - 7
P-Hackel 2 run (run failed)
P-Safety: Kostynick tackled May in end zone
P-Rooney 35 pass from Heckel (Rooney pass from Heckel)
P-Rooney 51 pass from Heckel (Heckel run)
P-Diggins 6 pass from Heckel (Peterson run)
PR-Reish 15 pass from Morris (De La Cruz Gomez kick)
Seniors leads potent Pelican offense
After a trip to the section final last year, Pelican Rapids is back with an experienced and potent offense. The Vikings showed that by hanging up 53 points on Ada-Borup West at home Friday night.
“Our offensive line played real well, setting up a strong running game and also providing good pass protection allowing us to pick up yards through the air to keep the defense off balance,” Vikings head coach David Haugen said. “Helping us keep the defense off balance was the ability to run between the tackles and also get outside. Johnny Ziebell showed great power and balance picking up many yards after contact and Jayden Rutherford and McHale Korf both average over 10 yards per carry.”
Ada-Borup West went to state last year after capturing the Section 8A championship and were in the game trailing 14-6 after the first quarter.
Johnny Ziebell scored two rushing touchdowns from inside the 5 in the opening quarter sandwiching a Cougar 15-yard scoring pass from Aiden Marcussen to Weston Winfrey.
Pelican Rapids put two more scores on the board in the second quarter to lead 27-6 at halftime.
Jayden Rutherford scored on an 18-yard run and quarterback McHale Korf added a two-yard TD run.
Korf, Ziebell and Rutherford were all big contributors to the Vikings the past two seasons and the three seniors lit up the Cougar defense.
Korf was near perfect 9-10 passing for 147 yards and rushed 12-120 and 3 TDs.
Ziebell had 14 carries for 82 yards and 3 TDs and Rutherford had 5 rushes for 59 yards and a TD plus 3 catches for 89 yards.
“I was also pleased with the defensive effort as we had good team pursuit and held the Cougars to several short gains on the night, Haugen said. “We need to improve on some of our pursuit angles but our effort is definitely something that we can build on.”
The Vikings won 53-20 and look to move to 2-0 on the season at New York Mills (1-0) Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The Eagles defeated Polk County West 27-6 on turf at East Grand Forks.
ADA 6 0 6 8 - 20
PEL 14 13 20 6 - 53
PEL - Johnny Ziebell 3 run (run failed)
ADA - Weston Winfrey 15 pass from Aiden Marcussen (run failed)
PEL - Ziebell 1 run (Ziebell run)
PEL - Jayden Rutherford 18 run (kick failed)
PEL - McHale Korf 2 run (Korf kick)
ADA - Beau Fetting 75 pass from Aiden Marcussen (run failed)
PEL - Korf 6 run (Enrique Rodriquez-Lopez kick)
PEL - Ziebell 3 run (kick failed)
PEL - Korf 30 run (Rodriquez-Lopez kick)
ADA - Dustin Olson 6 pass from Wyatt Larson (Isaak Nelson run)
T-Birds blank Warroad 30-0
The Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds were in a dog fight for the first half, but took command in the third quarter en route to a 30-0 shutout of Warroad in Waubun Friday night.
The always run-first T-Bird offense gave the home fans a different show scoring three of four touchdowns through the air.
Quarterback Tanner Pazdernik got the Birds on the board early in the second quarter on a 10-yard pass to Payton Keezer. Mahnomen-Waubun led 6-0 at halftime.
Pazdernik led a 14-play, 60-yard drive to the end zone to start the third quarter. A dozen plays were on the ground, but Pazdernik found Cooper Houdek from 22 yards out on third and 18 to go up 14-0 after a two-point pass to Keezer.
Warroad set up the Thunderbirds third score turning the ball over on a bad punt snap facing fourth-and-25 at the Warrior 25. Pazdernik and the offense took over at the Warroad 12-yard line and led 22-0 after a 12-yard pass to Keezer and another passing conversion to Keezer.
Tony Swalef added a three-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter and converted the conversion for the final score.
Mahnomen-Waubun (1-0) plays next at Ada-Borup West (0-1) in Ada Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The Cougars lost at Pelican Rapids 53-20 in the opener.
WAR 0 0 0 0 - 0
M-W 0 6 16 8 - 30
M-W - Payton Keezer 10 pass from Tanner Pazdernik (run failed)
M-W - Cooper Houdek 22 pass from Pazdernik (Keezer pass from Pazdernik)
M-W - Keezer 12 pass from Pazdernik (Keezer pass from Pazdernik)
M-W - Tony Swalef 3 run (Swalef run)
Frazee blows out Bagley
The Frazee Hornets put 35 points up in the first half of a 41-0 rout over Bagley at home in a rematch of last year’s playoff opener.
The game got off to an ominous start for the visitors, fumbling on the first drive and allowing Frazee to score on the play for an early 7-0 lead less than a minute into play.
The Hornets added two more scores in the first quarter - a Broden Fleisher 43-yard run and a Dylan Selly 1-yard run.
Frazee was in command up 21-0 before scoring two more times before halftime.
Fleisher was 2-5 passing for 30 yards with a score and a pick. He rushed 10 times for 104 yards and two TDs. Christian Petron scored and was 13-81. Selly rushed for 66 yards and caught two passes for 32 yards. He scored once on the ground and again through the air.
Frazee put up 374 total yards to 145 from the visitors.
The 1-0 Hornets play at Underwood (1-0) Thursday, Oct. 15.
BAG 0 0 0 0 - 0
FRA 21 14 6 0 - 41
FRA - Defensive fumble recovery TD (Lewis Helmers kick)
FRA - Broden Fleisher 43 run (kick failed)
FRA - Dylan Selly 1 run (Brock Barlund pass from Selly)
FRA - Selly 20 pass from Fleisher (Helmers kick)
FRA - Christian Petron 7 run (Helmers kick)
FRA - Fleisher 2 run (Kick blocked)
Rockets pull away from LP-A
First-year head coach Eli Beachy had his Lake Park-Audubon Raiders ready to go against defending Section 6A champions Underwood trailing 8-6 at halftime, but the Rockets scored 30 unanswered second half points to win 38-6 in Lake Park.
The Raiders lone score came on a 73-yard bomb from Kaden Beske to Trent Bjerk in the second quarter.
The Rockets put up 301 total yards to the Raiders 129 and controlled time of possession with the ball at a 2-to-1 ratio.
The Raiders (0-1) play at Wadena-Deer Creek (1-0) Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The Wolverines defeated Red Lake 50-6 on the road.
UND 0 8 16 14 - 38
LPA 0 6 0 0 - 6
UND - Reed Leabo 1 run (Krosby Aasness run)
LPA - Trent Bjerk 73 pass from Kaden Beske (run failed)
UND - Aasness 2 run (Aasness run)
UND - Brien Poser 4 run (Leabo run)
UND - Jaxon Rich 20 pass from Leabo (run failed)
UND - Conner Nelson 5 run (Blayre Lundgren run)
Area FB scores:
Frazee 41, Bagley 0
Pelican Rapids 53, Ada-Borup/West 20
Mahnomen-Waubun 30, Warroad 0
NCE/UH 16, Kittson CC 13
Underwood 38, LP-A 6
Hawley 28, Roseau 14
Perham 40, Park Rapids 7
New York Mills 27, Polk Cty West 6
Fergus Falls 14, East Grand Forks 12
D-G-F 26, Pequot Lakes 20
Breckenridge 42, OTC 16
Wadena-Deer Creek 50, Red Lake 6
Verndale 22 Wheaton/H-N 8
LPGE 20, Parkers Prairie 16
Bertha-Hewitt 34, Rothsay 8
Moorhead 56, Buffalo 6
Section 8-4A teams:
Detroit Lakes 55, Thief River Falls 0
Grand Rapids 41, Duluth East 14
ROCORI 24, Big Lake 8
Little Falls 23, Milaca 21
Willmar 42, Delano 0.