Football: Turnovers cost Parkers Prairie in loss to Frazee
Frazee forces four fumbles in a 13-8 win over Parkers Prairie.
PARKERS PRAIRIE - The Frazee Hornets (8AA) opened the season with a win over the Parkers Prairie Panthers (4A) on the road for the second year in a row.
The Hornets beat the Panthers 13-8 on Friday behind the strength of their defense.
“We played pretty tough. Our kids are pretty resilient,” Frazee head coach Russ Hackel said. “They definitely showed up and played some tough defense, which really kept us in the game. Those turnovers were huge.”
The Hornets held the Panthers scoreless for all but the final seven seconds of Friday’s game. The Panthers scored late on a 19-yard pass from senior quarterback Cohen Noska to senior wide receiver Bennet Arceneau.
The Panthers tried to get the ball back on an onside kick attempt that was unsuccessful, and Frazee took a knee to end the game.
Frazee’s defense forced four Parkers Prairie fumbles and nearly caused a couple more turnovers.
“They’re just tough-nose, blue-collar kids,” Hackel said about his team’s defense. “They’re not selfish, they’re going to get their job done and they’re going to do what they’re supposed to do.”
Parkers Prairie fumbled the ball three times in the third quarter.
“We just put the ball on the ground too many times to come back,” Mike Johnson said. “Frazee did a nice job of playing physical and screwing stuff up for us. On a lot of the turnovers, we just had mistakes on our part, not holding on to the ball or not getting the timing right. It was a mix of both Frazee’s plays and our mistakes.”
All four turnovers left Frazee with a good scoring opportunity as it took over after each turnover inside the Parkers Prairie 40-yard line.
The Panthers' defense remained tough for the most part as it was able to make a couple of fourth down stops throughout the game.
“They made some really nice fourth down stops to give our offense a chance,” Johnson said. “I thought we played very well defensively.”
Johnson said that the offense didn’t really find its groove until the final three minutes of the game.
“I thought that offensively, we moved the ball, we started getting some momentum, and then we got a negative play, or then we turn the ball over,” he said. “We just didn’t get into a rhythm at all until that last drive there. We're going to make some adjustments, learn from it, get better from it and see what next week brings us.”
The Hornets struck first with a 9-yard rushing touchdown by junior running back/linebacker Brady Crabtree with 3:39 left in the second quarter. Senior running back/defensive back Jake Nagel got the Hornets' second touchdown of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter with a rush from nine yards out.
The Hornets are in a unique position this season, with all eight of their games coming on the road while their new athletic facility is under construction . Friday’s win was a good start for that road slate, which next features a game at Pelican Rapids on Sept. 9.
“It’s going to be a tough road,” Hackel said. “We are just going to refocus, control what we can control and take things game by game.”
Parkers Prairie has lost seven games in a row dating back to last season and is looking to end that streak on Sept. 9 at home against the Breckenridge Cowboys.
Johnson said the late touchdown should give them momentum heading into the team’s next game.
“I think it's huge,” Johnson said. “We converted on some really nice first downs and we moved the ball well through the air. We just ran out of time. If we just hit that stride earlier, who knows what could’ve happened.”
With that final drive and big defensive stops as examples, Johnson liked the fight his team showed on Friday.
“We just have to take care of the ball,” Johnson said. “We have to know our assignments better. We have to be better at the little things, knowing our responsibilities, getting to where we need to be, getting in a rhythm and getting some momentum. We’ll get there, it’s coming. This is a good group of kids who believe in what we're doing and I think they'll rise to the occasion.”
Kick-off for the Panthers game against the Cowboys on Sept. 9 is set for 7 p.m. in Parkers Prairie.
This will be the Panthers' second of six Midwest (Blue) district games of the season. Breckenridge lost its season opener to the Otter Tail Central Bulldogs, 28-27, on Thursday, Sept. 1.
Parkers Prairie lost to Breckenridge on the road in the 2021 season, 20-8.
Frazee - 0 7 0 6 - 13
Parkers Prairie - 0 0 0 8 - 8
2nd - FRAZEE - Brady Crabtree, 9-yard rushing TD (3:39), 7-0
4th- FRAZEE - Jake Nagel, 9-yard rushing TD (11:52, 2-pt conversion no good), 13-0; PP - 19 yard TD pass Cohen Noska to Bennet Arceneau (0:07, 2-pt conversion good, 2-yard pass Noska to Ben Harrington)