Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton scored early for a lead and turned Detroit Lakes over four times on the way to a 16-8 victory over the Lakers at Mollberg Field Saturday, Nov. 7.
Quarterback Owen Leach got the Rebels on the board quickly finishing a four-play, 68-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run. Leach passed to Preston Johnson for two points and an 8-0 advantage just two minutes into the game.
Justin Wang had a 45-yard run to set up the score and his name was called with big plays on both sides of the ball all game.
The Laker offense sputtered in the first half losing four yards on its first drive and posting negative five yards on its second drive of the game.
"I was proud of how we fought; we didn't give up or anything; we kept fighting and that's good to see," DL head coach Josh Omang said. "You can't turn the ball over. You can't start that way. There are a lot of different things that we talk about that we did here. I told the boys afterward, we didn't deserve that one based on how we played and that's unfortunate. The reality of it is we can also learn from it and get better."
DL escaped more trouble when the Rebels fumbled the ball away on the bad snap at the Laker 21-yard line. The offense returned to the field but punted after three plays for three yards.
The Rebels reached the DL 35-yard line before turning the ball over on downs as DL caught another break.
Leach passed to McKale Pierson who was all alone at the five-yard line on fourth down. The ball was in Pierson’s hands but he bobbled the ball and dropped it in the end zone.
DL managed a first down for the first time in the game running a hurry-up offense with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
Quarterback Matthew Tobkin connected on four of eight passes to move into the Rebel red zone but the Lakers were stalled at the 18-yard line on back-to-back incompletions going to the half down 8-0.
The teams traded turnovers to start the second half. Wang picked off Tobkin and returned the ball inside the DL 20. A fumbled snap by quarterback Payton Doran wound up in the hands of DL’s Andreas Barnett two plays later at the Laker 13-yard line to spare DL again from trailing by two scores.
After quick punts from each team, D-G-F finally cashed in a turnover when Colby Schreiber intercepted Tobkin at midfield and returned the ball to the Laker 22. Two plays later, Wang scored untouched around the right end from 16 yards out for a 14-0 lead. Doran found Nic Sapa open at the back of the end zone for an important conversion and 16 points on the board with 5:25 left in the third quarter.
DL got the ball moving with Christian Solberg returning the ensuing kickoff to the 42-yard line and gaining 23 yards to go with an encroachment flag to reach the Rebel 31. Tobkin dropped to pass and found James Taylor over the middle but the ball was off the hands of Taylor and defender Jordan Summers caroming into the arms of D-G-F’s Kaden Altobelli for a touchback.
DL got the ball back with 1:21 left in the third quarter and moved 61 yards on 15 plays for the only touchdown of the game by Solberg from three yards out. Caeden Yliniemi caught Tobkin’s pass for two to cut the Rebel lead in half 16-8.
The Lakers ate up nearly eight minutes on the drive and D-G-F had a chance to kill the clock by maintaining possession for the final 6:27.
Four minutes later, Pierson made an incredible run on third-and-five at the Laker 47-yard line to basically seal the game and was carrying five Lakers on his back to do it, but one of those players stripped the ball and Yliniemi gave DL new life with the recovery.
Tobkin and the offense had 2:26 to work with on the clock and got to midfield quickly with the help of a pass interference flag. The Lakers faced third-and-one at the Rebels’ 44-yard line and went deep down the sideline with a pass from Tobkin looking for Ty Jones. Instead, he found Wang with his second pick of the game to seal the victory. D-G-F kneeled down and ran out the rest of the clock.
The Rebels put up 235 total yards of offense, 167 on the ground, led by Wang’s 78 yards on six carries.
DL gained only 151 total yards, 75 rushing and 76 passing.
Both teams struggled on third down. D-G-F was 3-12 converting; DL was worse 2-13 (15 percent).
All three Rebel turnovers were lost fumbles; DL had four passes picked off.
Time of possession was even and both teams recorded 10 first downs in the game.
Detroit Lakes had not lost a regular season game in 23 contests dating back to 2017, a 35-21 defeat at the hands of the same Rebels in Glyndon. The last Laker loss at Mollberg Field was the week prior to Pequot Lakes.
Detroit Lakes (4-1) finishes the regular season at Pequot Lakes Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. The Patriots lone loss came to D-G-F 26-20 at home to start the season.
The 4-0 Rebels play at Thief River Falls (1-4) Thursday night.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 16, Detroit Lakes 8
DGF 8 0 8 0 - 16
DL 0 0 0 8 - 8
G - Owen Leach 4 run (Preston Johnson from Leach)
G - Justin Wang 16 run (Nic Sapa pass from Payton Doran)
D - Christian Solberg 3 run (Caeden Yliniemi pass from Matt Tobkin)