Mahnomen-Waubun trailed after the first quarter in Ada but improved to 2-0 after getting into gear in the middle quarters to turn a close game into a blowout 44-14 over Ada-Borup West Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Dennis Ashley opened the scoring on a 10-yard run for the Thunderbirds to cap an opening drive of five plays for 26 yards. Tanner Pazdernik rushed for 59 yards on the first play from scrimmage to set up the score. A conversion pass was incomplete and became the difference on the scoreboard by the end of the quarter

The Cougars responded on their first drive moving 66 yards 10 plays to tie the score on a Beau Fetting five-yard touchdown run. Cameron Spaeth rushed for two points for an 8-6 lead.

From there, it was all Thunderbirds.

Tanner Pazdernik scored both second quarter touchdowns, both from inside the 10-yard line. The second score came with less than two minutes remaining on the clock. The T-Birds led 22-8 at halftime.

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The Cougars got back in the game scoring on the opening drive of the second half on a Fetting 57-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Aiden Marcussen to close to 22-14.

Mahnomen-Waubun scored the final 22 points of the game, all in the third quarter, to blow open the game.

Pazdernik scored on 15 and 10-yard runs. Tony Swalef polished off the win with a 27-yard touchdown run.

The Thunderbirds gained 370 total yards to 237 for the Cougars.

Pazdernik dominated the stat sheet completing four of five passes for 75 yards and gaining 176 yards on 22 rushing attempts with four touchdowns.

The Thunderbirds face Pelican Rapids (1-1) on the road Friday, Oct. 23.

Eagles trip up Pelican Rapids

The New York Mills Eagles defended home turf against the high-scoring Pelican Rapids Vikings shutting down the visitors in the red zone en route to a 21-12 victory.

“We had too many mistakes against a good team,” Pelican Rapids head coach David Haugen said. “Penalties put us in a bad position on a night with less than perfect conditions and an opponent that really played well. That combined with turnovers was too much to overcome.”

The Eagles never trailed in the game.

Anthony Calabria had the lone score of the first quarter on a 17-yard run and the point-after kick was good.

Pelican’s Jayden Rutherford answered with a five-yard scoring run early in the second quarter. A conversion pass was incomplete; the Vikings trailed 7-6.

"Mills' defense came up big with some tough red zone defense keeping us out of the endzone when it looked as if we had some good scoring opportunities," Haugen said.

Daunte Leiran scored at the four-minute mark on a 27-yard run to send New York Mills to the break up 14-6.

The Vikings had two first half drives stall in the red zone, including getting turned back at the Eagles’ eight-yard line at the halftime horn on an incomplete pass.

Pelican Rapids closed to 14-12 on a McHale Korf one-yard touchdown run with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. A Korf pass for the tie was incomplete.

The Eagles put an insurance touchdown on the board early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Bren Salo found Leiran from 32 yards out.

Two more Pelican drives were stuffed in the red zone in the second half. The Eagles stopped Korf on fourth-and-goal from the one after the final Eagle score.

“We're going to learn as much as we can from this game and work to be ready next week when Mahnomen-Waubun comes to Pelican Rapids,” said Haugen.

The Eagles put up 247 total yards with an even mix of 143 on the ground and 104 passing with no turnovers.

The NYM defense held the dangerous Vikings in check limiting Korf and company to only 172 total yards. The Vikings lost a fumble and had two interceptions.

There were three other area games Wednesday night.

  • Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal improved to 2-0 after an 18-8 victory at Menahga (0-2). The Titans rescheduled their original week two game to play Menahga after Laporte went to distance learning and missed its week one game against Park Christian also.

  • Wadena-Deer Creek unloaded on Lake Park-Audubon 45-0 in the Wolverines home opener. W-DC (2-0) has outscored their opponents 95-6 through the first two games. LP-A is on the other end of the spectrum scoring six points against 83 allowed in an 0-2 start. Payton Rondestedt had a monster game throwing for three touchdowns and rushed for two more to lead the Wolverines. Rondestvedt was 6-13 passing for 159 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 52 yards on six carries and two scores. Shade Bounds returned a punt 100 yards and Josiah Kallvig hit Teshe Loer for a 34-yard TD pass.

  • Verndale (2-0) walloped Sebeka on the road 52-6 to add another victory to Minnesota’s all-time winningest high school football coach Mike Mahlen’s record. Mahlen became the first coach in state high school history to win 400 games last season. He has been coaching football since 1969 and has an overall record of 403-124-3.

  • Frazee rallied with 12 fourth quarter points to close to 20-19 at Underwood Thursday, but Broden Fleisher was stopped on a game-winning two-point attempt with time expired as the Rockets held on to improve to 2-0 on the season. The loss was the first for the Hornets. Frazee blocked a punt to set up the final drive with less than a minute on the clock. After a holding call, Brock Barlund and 36 yards to the Rocket 15 and Fleisher found George Flynn for a 15-yard touchdown pass to pull within a point.

Area scores:
Friday, Oct. 16
D-G-F 13, Perham 8
Moorhead 42, Alexandria 0
Thursday, Oct. 15
Detroit Lakes 21, East Grand Forks 7
Ottertail Central 22, Pillager 8
Breckenridge 39, Roseau 6
Barnesville 32, Hawley 6
Thief River Falls 7, Fergus Falls 6
Pequot Lakes 28, Park Rapids 6
Underwood 20, Frazee 19
ROCORI 28, Waseca 20
Grand Rapids 41, Hermantown 0
Annandale 46, Little Falls 15
Willmar 35, Sauk Rapids-Rice 34 (2OT)