The Pelican Rapids offense did not miss a beat playing without starting quarterback McHale Korf in a 54-20 blowout of Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night on the turf at Moorhead high school.
With Logan Fahje at the helm, the Vikings put up a 24-point second quarter to take command by halftime leading 32-14.
Korf suffered a knee injury the prior week at New York Mills.
“We didn't plan to run the ball that exclusively but when it worked that well there wasn't any reason to change,” Pelican Rapids head coach David Haugen said. “The offensive line did an incredible job. W-DC has a very good passing game and we didn't expect to shut it down and we didn't, but we limited it enough to allow us to play with a lead for most of the game.”
A Jayden Rutherford 65-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, followed by a Johnny Ziebell conversion run for the deuce put Pelican Rapids up for good 16-8.
Fahje found Hunter Williams from 30 yards out and Ziebell was good again on the conversion for a 24-8 advantage. Ziebell polished off the quarter with a 1-yard scoring run and his fourth conversion of the half.
Pelican Rapids had over 500 yards of total offense. Rutherford led the team with 121- yards and a score on eight attempts. Timmy Guler was 8 for 116. Fahje and Ziebell rushed for 67 and 64 yards, respectively. The Vikings ground game was on fire averaging just under 10 yards per carry for a total of 468 yards and 27 first downs in the game.
Weston Funk led the defense with five solo tackles, three for a loss.
Wadena-Deer Creek had the lone turnover of the game and had the ball three more minutes than the Vikings with 25:07 of possession.
Wadena-Deer Creek dropped to 2-2 heading into a highway 10 matchup with 3-0 New York Mills. The Eagles play Frazee (2-1) in Moorhead Friday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.
Pelican Rapids (2-1) has a regional rivalry game at Underwood (2-1) Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. The Rockets play at 0-3 Ada-Borup Oct. 30.