A week after posting more than 500 total yards of offense at Wadena-Deer Creek without starting quarterback McHale Korf, the Pelican Rapids Vikings and Korf continued to show versatility with the ball in a 32-8 victory at Underwood Friday night.

“A week ago our game was easily summed up by our running game,” Pelican head coach David Haugen said. “Tonight it was more about the defense and passing.”

Korf was 9-13 passing for 250 yards and three touchdowns in his return.

His top two targets had big games: Jayden Rutherford had only two grabs but 161 yards with a pair of long touchdowns, one on a 90-yard bomb and a second from 71 yards.

Logan Fahje had five catches for 78 and the opening score of the game three minutes into play from 34 yards out.

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Rutherford scored on the third play of the Vikings’ second drive from 90 yards out for a quick 14-0 lead.

The Vikings scored the first 32 points of the game with a Johnny Ziebell one-yard run midway through the second quarter and a Carson McNeal six-yard TD run in the final minute of the half to lead 26-0 at the break.

Korf and Rutherford connected on the 71-yard score early in the third quarter.

The Vikings accumulated 393 yards of offense, 143 rushing, while holding the Rockets to 184 total yards.

“I felt our linebackers played very well against an Underwood team that does a very good job of running the ball,:” Haugen said. “The top two tacklers were linebackers Johnny Ziebell and Carter Johnson and right behind them was Alex Lynnes who played a strong game with excellent run support from his cornerback position.”

Ziebell had five solo tackles; Johnson and Lynnes each had four.

Pelican Rapids improves to 3-1 and hosts Frazee (2-3) Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., in a rematch of last year’s thrilling section semifinal.

The Willmar football team runs through a banner before the start of the third quarter during Friday's North Central White district game at Hodapp Field in Willmar. 

Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
The Willmar football team runs through a banner before the start of the third quarter during Friday's North Central White district game at Hodapp Field in Willmar. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Area scores:

Mahnomen-Waubun 22, Frazee 20

Red Lake County 48, Lake Park-Audubon 0

Pelican Rapids 32, Underwood 8

Hawley 34, Crookston 32

Barnesville 44, Breckenridge 22

Nevis 41, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 34

Rothsay 28, Sebeka 14

Verndale 20, Ortonville 6

Browerville/Eagle Valley 61, Parkers Prairie 34

Brainerd quarteback Nathaniel Staehling is consoled on the sideline during play against Moorhead on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at Jim Gotta Stadium. David Samson / The Forum
Brainerd quarteback Nathaniel Staehling is consoled on the sideline during play against Moorhead on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at Jim Gotta Stadium. David Samson / The Forum

Moorhead 48, Brainerd 0

Ottertail Central 57, Staples-Motley 13

Fergus Falls 35, Park Rapids 0

Warroad 30, Wadena-Deer Creek 8

Pequot Lakes 45, Thief River Falls 7

John Bonner of Grand Rapids carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown against Cloquet during Friday's game at Bromberg Field in Cloquet. (Clint Austin/caustin@duluthnews.com)
John Bonner of Grand Rapids carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown against Cloquet during Friday's game at Bromberg Field in Cloquet. (Clint Austin/caustin@duluthnews.com)

Section 8-4A teams

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 16, Detroit Lakes 8

ROCORI 20, Delano 7

Willmar 20, Big Lake 7

Grand Rapids 41, Cloquet 0

Zimmerman 41, Little Falls 14

8-4A Standings

(Team, Section, Overall, For, Agst, Streak)

Rocori 1-0 5-0 20.4 12.4 Won 5

Grand Rapids 0-0 5-0 41.2 8.4 Won 5

Willmar 0-1 4-1 27.8 16.2 Won 2

Detroit Lakes 0-0 4-1 27.2 6.6 Lost 1

Little Falls 0-0 1-3 13.0 28.8 Lost 3