No. 5 Warroad and No. 4 Frazee traded early scores within seconds of each other but the Warriors put up 16 unanswered points to advance in the Section 8AA football playoffs 24-7 at Carl S. Ingebrightson Field in Frazee Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Warroad quarterback Virgil Laznicka opened the scoring rushing 54 yards to the end zone on a fourth-and-one play at 10:21 of the first quarter. Blake Norris punched in the deuce to put the visitors up 8-0 early.
Frazee responded with an immediate answer on the ensuing kickoff when Ryan Kangas returned the ball 75 yards to the end zone and Lewis Helmers booted the point-after try to trail 8-7.
Blake Norris extended Warroads lead at 3:11 of the first quarter scoring on a 15-yard run. After a penalty on the try, Laznicka found Jace Thompson for a lengthy two-point conversion and a two-score edge up 16-7.
The Warriors kept Frazee’s offense out of the end zone and tallied the remaining touchdown at 2:01 of the third quarter on a 10-yard Norris run.
Both teams stuck to the ground game. Warroad had 172 total yards to Frazee’s 143. The Warriors forced four Frazee turnovers while giving the ball up twice.
Warroad improved to 4-2 overall and is scheduled to travel to No. 1 Barnesville (6-0) Saturday, Nov. 21 for a semifinal with the undefeated and defending section champion Trojans.
Frazee’s season ends on a four-game skid at 2-5.
Warroad 24, Frazee 7
WAR 16 0 8 0 - 24
FRA 7 0 0 0 - 7
WAR - Virgil Laznicka 54 run (Blake Norris run)
FRA - Ryan Kangas 75 kickoff return (Lewis Helmers kick)
WAR - Blake Norris 15 run (Jace Thompson pass from Laznicka)
WAR - Norris 10 run (Two-Point Conversion)