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Mahnomen blows out Fertile-Beltrami

The Mahnomen Indians continued to demolish opponents on the gridiron. The No. 1 team in Class A won its 34th consecutive game recording their third shutout of the season and the second in a row winning by more than 40 points in a 42-0 rout of Fer...

The Mahnomen Indians continued to demolish opponents on the gridiron. The No. 1 team in Class A won its 34th consecutive game recording their third shutout of the season and the second in a row winning by more than 40 points in a 42-0 rout of Fertile-Beltrami Friday night in Mahnomen.

“Our offensive and defensive lines dominated,” Head Coach John  Clark, Jr. said. “I thought our defense was sharp all night. We had a couple breakdowns but overall we were in the right spots.” 

Anthony Sanchez was monster on defense all night. 

Mahnomen improves to 6-0 in the Northstar West Conference a game up on Fosston, who Mahnomen already beat handily in week three 35-14.

The Indian are averaging a robust 44.5 points scored per game and are allowing less than a touchdown per game (5.7).

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With two remaining games versus Red Lake County (2-4) and Pillager (3-3) the schedule is set for another undefeated regular season for Mahnomen.

Quarterback Tom Pavek continued his strong play, showing he is not hampered from an early-season injury. Pavek scored twice to open the game on long runs. In the opening two minutes, Pavek scored what would be the game winning score from 49 yards out and kicked the PAT for a 7-0 lead at 10:07.

Pavek’s 46-yard touchdown run came with 29 second to go in the opening quarter for a 14-0 lead.

Dylan Reitan put up two consecutive scores in the second quarter on a 24-yard run at 9:48 and again from 34 yards out at 7:18.

Mitch Foss scored on a 34-yard run with 4:51 to go in the half and Mahnomen was up big 35-0 at the break.

Blake Kahlbaugh scored from the three-yard line midway through the fourth quarter for the Indians’ final  tally of the game.

Total offensive numbers were borderline absurd with Mahnomen gaining 486 to only 28 for the Falcons.

Mahnomen attempted one pass that fell incomplete. All 486 yards came on the ground at a clip of 8.2 yards per carry on 59 attempts.

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First downs were 21-3.

The ball hit the ground often Friday night. The two teams combined for 18 turnovers. Mahnomen lost nine of nine fumbles.

“It was kind of crazy out there for a while.”

Pavek led all rushers with 193 yards on 15 attempts – all gained in the first half. Pavek did not see the field in the final 24 minutes.

Reitan had 81 on eight carries. Foss added 70 on seven carries.

Six of Mahnomen’s rushers outgained the Falcons offense by themselves.

The injury bug that infected Mahnomen has dissipated as the Indians are healed up and ready to defend their state title looking for a third straight crown.

Back-up quarterback Brian Schoenborn (broken wrist) has been cleared to kick extra points but is not yet healed enough to go under center. Schoenborn was 4-4 in PAT kicks Friday night.

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Indian results

Fertile-Beltrami at Mahnomen, Friday, Oct. 3.

F-B   0   0   0   0   - 0

MAH 14 21  0  7  - 42

Scoring:

First quarter:

MAH – Pavek 49 run (Pavek kick) 10:07

MAH – Pavek run 46 run (kick failed)

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Second quarter:

MAH – Reitan 24 run (Schoenborn kick) 9:48

MAH – Reitan 34 run (Schoenborn kick) 7:18

MAH – Foss 34 run (Schoenborn kick)

Fourth quarter:

MAH – Kahlbaugh 3 run (Schoenborn kick) 7:08

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Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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