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.
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.
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
Ottertail Central 57, Staples-Motley 13
Warroad 30, Wadena-Deer Creek 8
Section 8-4A teams
ROCORI 20, Delano 7
(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