Players of Week 3 in Minnesota

Here are your top area performances from Week 3 of high school football in Minnesota.

David Skari – Norman County West

Skari rushed for 288 yards and four touchdowns on seven carries in NCW’s 62-0 win over Rothsay. He averaged 41.14 yards a carry.

Hesston/Tanner Bachmann – Frazee

The Bachmanns had 219 yards and six touchdowns on 24 carries in Frazee’s 56-42 win over Staples-Motley.

Dillon Omberg/Ben Ellefson – Hawley

Omberg ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass. Ellefson had two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown and nine tackles, one sack and one interception on defense in the Nuggets’ 41-13 win over Crookston.

Nathan Blaufuss – Breckenridge

Cowboys got their first win of the season thanks to three touchdown passes and a touchdown run from Blaufuss in the 43-6 win over Warroad.

Mike Duginski/Jade Lawrence – Moorhead

Jade Lawrence (2) and Mike Duginski (5) led Moorhead to a win in Week 3.  Photo by Mike Vosburg/Forum

Moorhead moved to 3-0 and Duginski and Lawrence got them there. They each had two touchdowns and combined for 114 rushing yards on six carries. Duginski also had three catches for 56 yards.

Gauge Lee/Blaine Gorton – Pelican Rapids

Pelican Rapids knocked off Barnesville 27-26 thanks to these two. Lee rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He had a 95-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 24 seconds remaining in the game. Gorton was everywhere. Gorton threw for 85 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown and got an interception on defense.

Noah Thompson – Underwood

Thompson had 173 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 23 carries in Underwood’s 28-18 win over Wheaton-Herman-Norcross.

Ryan Weber – Waubun

Weber ran for 168 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in Waubun’s 48-13 dismantling of Win-E-Mac.

Mitch Foss – Mahnomen

Foss ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Mahnomen’s 35-14 win over Fosston.

Zach Kvalvog – Park Christian

Kvalvog ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in Park Christian’s 43-0 win over Cass-Lake Bena.

Dillon Card – Verndale

Dillon Card (right) scored three touchdowns in Week 3 to get Verndale to 3-0. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Card ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and threw for 92 yards and two touchdowns in Verndale’s 26-6 win over Bertha-Hewitt.

Tory Haglund – Lake Park-Audubon

Haglund rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in Lake Park-Audubon’s 34-6 win over Badger-Greenbush-Middle River.

Tony Ukkelburg – Otter Tail Central

Ukkelburg was 8-for-12 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and had an interception on defense in OTC’s 48-6 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

Reggie Undseth – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy

Undseth scored four of Hillcrest’s eight touchdowns. He rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and caught two passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns.

Tom Bosek/James Huisman – Brandon-Evansville

Bosek threw for 129 yards and three touchdowns and Huisman rushed for 76 yards on 10 carries. Bosek added a touchdown run and Huisman caught a touchdown pass, ran for two touchdowns and returned a punt for a touchdown.

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

Marsh leads the way for Davies, EDC team race will be tight

FARGO – Believe it or not the Eastern Dakota Conference girls golf season is winding down. The state tournament in Jamestown is set for Oct. 6-7 in Jamestown.

There have been seven meets played this fall and a total of eight 18-hole rounds recorded thus far.

Fargo Davies junior Jennifer Marsh leads the way in the East Region with an 18-hole average of 76.6 nearly five shots better than Wahpeton senior Savonnah Haselhorst (81.5).

Marsh has won five EDC golf meets this season and has scored a 79 or better in four of the six conference meets played.

In the state, Marsh trails only Katie Kasper of Bismarck, who holds an 18-hole average of 74.4.

Marsh tied for eighth at the state meet a year ago.

Fargo Davies has won three of the six conference meets this fall and holds the best team average in the conference at 367.0 – three shots better than Wahpeton (370.0).

The team race at the East Region meet later this month at Wahpeton’s Bois de Sioux golf course figures to be very tight with only 10 shots separating the scoring averages of the top four teams in the conference.

It would be wise not to overlook the fact that Wahpeton has played its home course tough this season. The Huskies won the regular season conference meet at Bois de Sioux and also have a team win at Rose Creek.

The conference season resumes Monday at 9 a.m. when the EDC teams gather at Village Green golf course for the second to last conference meet of the season.

Fargo Davies junior golfer Jennifer Marsh has posted a 76.6 scoring average through seven high school meets this season. Forum File Photo

Fallen hero Andrew Nelson’s legacy lives on in CC meet

FARGO – Today is September 11th, a date on the calendar forever changed following the events that occurred on this date 13 years ago in New York City, Washington D.C. and rural Pennsylvania.

It is a date that should never be forgotten and since then many servicemen and servicewomen have answered the call to protect the United States and its freedoms bestowed on its citizens. Many of those modern-day patriots have not returned home and today at Lindenwood Park one soldier who lost his life fighting for the United States will be honored.

His name is Andrew Nelson, a former Fargo Shanley High School graduate who was killed in action in 2007 while serving in Iraq as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Nelson ran cross country at Shanley and following his death the school organized an annual cross country meet in his honor.

The Andrew Nelson Metro Classic enters its seventh year this afternoon and will feature 15 boys and girls cross country teams from across the region.

I covered the event for the first time last fall. The organizers make note of Nelson and his contributions to the cross country community and his sacrifice for freedom. As a result, I think everyone – fans, athletes and coaches – walk away from that event every year with a little more appreciation and that is a good thing.

FORUM FILE PHOTO (2008): Suzanne Nelson, center, looks at a plaque honoring her son, Staff Sgt. Andrew Nelson, held by 2003 Fargo Shanley classmate Courtney Horner while Adam Tehle, background, embraces Nelson’s girlfriend, Kari Brantner at the conclusion of the all schools mass Thursday at Fargo Shanley High School/Sullivan Middle School. Nelson, 22, of Moorhead, died Aug. 29, 2007, while serving in Iraq with the 82 Airborne Division. David Samson / The Forum

Top 10 area football rankings for Minnesota (Week 3)

Dillon Card (right) helped Verndale get revenge over Underwood in Week 2. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Verndale topped Underwood in overtime to make movement in the first five after two weeks of football.

 

1. Mahnomen (2-0)

Last week: 54-0 win at home over Red Lake

Next up: At Fosston (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

The longest active winning streak in the state moves to 30 after Mahnomen’s 54-0 shellacking of Red Lake. The Indians gave up minus-28 yards on defense. This after taking out their starters after the second series.

All Class 1A teams should thank the Associated Press for adding fuel to Mahnomen’s fire. The Indians have won two straight Class 1A titles and 30 straight games and were ranked No. 2 in the AP rankings behind Dawson-Boyd, which Mahnomen beat 44-13 in the 1A state title game.

 

2. Hawley  (2-0)

Last week: 46-7 win at Breckenridge

Next up: Crookston (0-2) at Moorhead High School, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Dillon Omberg (25) and Anthony Loegering (26) were huge in Week 2 for Hawley. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Hawley is 25-1 in their last 26 regular-season football games. That one loss was to Breckenridge last season 7-6. The Nuggets – two days after being ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press rankings – got revenge this season.

Jordan Harms bounced back from a tough Week 1 to throw for 133 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the running game that was the story for Hawley.

Dillon Omberg and Anthony Loegering combined for 183 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. That’s 13 yards a carry. Omberg had 88 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and Loegering had 95 yards and a touchdown on four carries and an interception on defense.

 

3. Moorhead (2-0)

Last week: 42-20 win at home over St. Cloud Apollo

Next up: At Grand Rapids (0-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

Moorhead’s Malique Delbrune (21) had a fumble recovery and took a kick 82 yards for a touchdown in the Spuds’ 42-20 win over St. Cloud Apollo in Week 2. Photo by Mike Vosburg/Forum

Well, calling Moorhead lucky in Week 1 can go out the window after the Spuds owned St. Cloud Apollo in every aspect of the game in Week 2.

Jade Lawrence did his thing, rushing for 101 yards and two touchdowns, but it’s the addition of a pretty scary passing game that should frighten opponents. Matt Bye was 10-for-17 with 214 yards and three touchdowns and weapons seem to be emerging each week.

In Week 1, it was Lawrence and Tristen Nelson, but the Spuds added Cody Dorow to the mix in Week 2. Dorow had five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for a guy who has never played football in his life. With Bye barely getting touched behind a veteran offensive line, the Spuds are becoming more than just a running team.


 

4. Verndale (2-0)

Last week: 14-13 overtime win at Underwood

Next up: Host Bertha-Hewitt (0-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

Verndale got the revenge they’d been waiting for since losing 13-12 on an extra point with time expired in the Class 9-man, Section 4 title game last season to Underwood.Colter Ehrmantraut continues to impress in his taking over the running game. He had 110 yards on 22 carries and caught a touchdown pass in the Week 2 win. Even bigger is Ehrmantraut taking the rushing load off of quarterback Dillon Card.


 

5. Frazee (2-0)

Last week: 42-8 win at Warroad

Next up: At Staples-Motley (0-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

Frazee had six touchdowns in their 42-8 win over Warroad and Hesston and Tanner Bachmann were responsible for five of them. Hesston had touchdown runs of 42 and two yards, took back an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and found Tanner for a 10-yard touchdown pass. On top of the touchdown catch, Tanner also had a 15-yard touchdown run.

Frazee’s defense forced seven turnovers. Garrett Malstrom had 12 tackles, Hesston Bachman had 10 and Roger Thorpe had nine tackles and two fumble recoveries.

 

6. Underwood (1-1)

Last week: 14-13 overtime loss at home to Verndale

Next up: Host Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

This time last year Underwood had beaten Ortonville by one and lost to Verndale by 31. This season the Rockets have beaten Ortonville by 36 and lost in overtime to Verndale by one.There’s no reason to panic for the 2013 Class 9-man runner up. The Rockets came back and beat Verndale 13-12 in the section championship game last season and that was after losing by 31 to the Pirates earlier in the season.

They still averaged 5.7 yards per carry against Verndale in Week 2 and Noah Thompson had 131 yards on 22 carries and Dylan Kalenze had 100 yards on 14 carries. The game could have went either way.

Unfortunately for Underwood, there’s no time to recover. They face another team out for revenge against them in Wheaton-Herman-Norcross, who has outscored opponents 92-0 through two weeks.


7. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (1-1)

Last week: 37-19 win at Thief River Falls

Next up: Host Detroit Lakes (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Alex Fuchs (45) helped the D-G-F running game in Week 2 with 71 yards on seven carries . Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

If D-G-F can come out of the first three weeks 2-1 it would be a victory for the Rebels. They scheduled two section champions and another team that was in the section championship last season.

Blake Kragnes was the story from Week 2. The junior quarterback, in his second varsity start, threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns. The big three of Alex Matthews, Brandon Wayne and Joe Flatt rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.
Class 3A D-G-F will give 4A Detroit Lakes all they can handle.

 

8. Waubun (2-0)

Last week: 36-0 win at Ada-Borup

Next up: At Staples-Motley (0-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Bombers haven’t given up any points defensively and quarterback Jordan Spaeth and fullback Ryan Weber are running wild with the read-option offense. The two have accounted for all eight touchdowns and have 479 of the 617 rushing yards for Waubun this season.Waubun knocked off an Ada-Borup team that had won 11 in a row against the Bombers and five of the last six section championships. Ada-Borup had gone 105 straight games without being shut out.


 

9. Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal (2-0)

Last week: 25-18 win at Norman County West

Next up: At Ada-Borup (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Titans won three games all of last season. They’ve already got two after edging rival Norman County West 25-18. They trailed 18-6, but a comeback was sparked by quarterback Brett Braseth.

 

10. Otter Tail Central (1-1)

Last week: 42-6 win at New York Mills

Next up: Host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs got over a tough 21-20 loss to Upsala-Swanville in Week 1 with a beating of a New York Mills team fresh off a 25-0 win over United North Central.Dustin Gaudette ran for 191 yards in Week 1. OTC held him to 17 rushing yards. OTC had 304 rushing yards and 111 of them came from Nick Trosdahl, who added two rushing touchdowns on 15 carries.

Knocking on the door
Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (2-0) – The Warriors are 2-0 and have outscored opponents 92-0. Problem is those opponents are both 0-2 and have scored six points combined. Underwood is W-H-N’s first real test.

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

Bruins’ Johannesson close to two school records

FARGO – Fargo South all-state running back James Johannesson has been a household name in North Dakota prep football for some time now and his numbers, quite frankly, speak for themselves.

Johannesson, a University of Minnesota commit, is approaching several Fargo South career records that will only further cement his place as one of the best players to ever play for the Bruins.

Last Friday, Johannesson rushed for 252 yards and five touchdowns in South’s 43-20 win against Bismarck Century. After that performance he is now seven points shy of breaking Catlin Solum’s career scoring record of 330 points. Solum played for South from 2004-2006 and also holds the school’s career touchdown record at 55.

Johannesson currently sits at 54 touchdowns in his career and needs two to surpass Solum.

Johannesson will likely break both records when South travels to play Grand Forks Red River at 7 p.m. Friday at Cushman Field.

Johannesson already holds the school record for career rushing yardage with 4,512 yards and counting. He also holds the career combine rushing and receiving yards record with 4,766.

Fargo South senior running back James Johannesson is closing in on the school records for career scoring and career touchdowns. David Samson / The Forum

 

Players of Week 2 in Minnesota

Here are the top area performances from Week 2 of Minnesota high school football.

Jordan Spaeth – Waubun

Jordan Spaeth was a big reason Waubun handed Ada-Borup its first shut out in 105 games. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Spaeth was 2-for-4 with 56 yards and two touchdowns passing and had 80 yards and two touchdowns rushing in Waubun’s 36-0 win over Ada-Borup.

Blake Kragnes – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

Kragnes was 9-for-11 for 279 yards passing and two touchdowns in D-G-F’s 37-19 win over Thief River Falls.

Dillon Omberg/Anthony Loegering – Hawley

Dillon Omberg (25) and Anthony Loegering (26) were huge in Week 2 for Hawley. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

The two running backs combined for 183 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in Hawley’s 46-7 win over Breckenridge. That’s 13 yards a carry. Omberg had 88 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and Loegering had 95 yards and a touchdown on four carries and an interception on defense.

Matt Bye/Jade Lawrence – Moorhead

Jade Lawrence had three touchdowns for Moorhead in its Week 3 win. Photo by Mike Vosburg/Forum

Jade Lawrence rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns and had two catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in Moorhead’s 42-20 win over St. Cloud Apollo. Matt Bye was 10-for-17 with 214 yards and three touchdown passes.

Rylee Anderson – Barnesville

In Barnesville’s 34-21 win over Crookston, Rylee Anderson rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries for the Trojans.

Hesston Bachmann/Tanner Bachmann – Frazee

Frazee had six touchdowns in their 42-8 win over Warroad and the Bachmanns were responsible for five of them. Hesston had touchdown runs of 42 and two yards, took back an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and found Tanner for a 10-yard touchdown pass. On top of the touchdown catch, Tanner also had a 15-yard touchdown run.

Tim Brekken – Lake Park-Audubon

Brekken was 8-for-12 for 65 yards passing, rushed for 53 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and had 4.5 tackles and two interceptions on defense in LP-A’s 33-14 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

James Huisman – Brandon-Evansville

Huisman rushed for three touchdowns in Brandon-Evansville’s Week 2 win. Photo by Blaze Fugina/Echo Press

Huisman had 89 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Brandon-Evansville’s 41-6 beating of Ashby.

Mahnomen’s defense

The Indians won their 30th straight game and gave up minus-28 total yards in their 54-0 win over Red Lake. This with starters coming out after the first two series.

Brett Braseth – Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal

Braseth completed six passes in the 25-18 win over Norman County West. Three of those went for touchdowns. Two came after the Titans trailed 18-6.

Kyler Newman – Fergus Falls Hillcrest

Newman ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in Hillcrest’s 41-14 win over Bertha-Hewitt.

Tony Ukkelberg/Nick Trosdahl – Otter Tail Central

Ukkelberg was 8-for-12 passing for 147 yards and two touchdowns and Trosdahl rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in OTC’s 42-6 thrashing of New York Mills.

Colter Ehrmantraut – Verndale

Ehrmantraut had 110 yards on 22 carries and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in Verndale’s 14-13 win in overtime over No. 2 Underwood.

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

Top 10 area football rankings for Minnesota (Week 2)

Moorhead escaped Alexandria thanks to a last-second TD in Week 1. Photo by Eric Morken/Echo Press

Some shuffling at the bottom of the Top 10, but the first five remain intact after Week 1 of Minnesota high school football. Breckenridge drops out and Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal gets in.

 

1. Mahnomen (1-0)

Last week: 44-13 win at Pine River-Backus

Next up: Host Red Lake (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Business as usual for Mahnomen. Indians won their 29th straight game behind a running game and a strong defense. Quarterback Tom Pavek rushed for 140 yards on 17 carries and Mitch Foss ran for 139 yards on seven carries and each had two touchdowns.

Indians looking to extend the longest active winning streak in the state to an even 30 games Friday.

 

2. Hawley (1-0)

Last week: 18-6 win at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

Next up: At Breckenridge (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Ben Ellefson was everywhere for Hawley in the Nuggets’ Week 1 win. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Hawley can be happy they escaped Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton with a win, considering quarterback Jordan Harms played one of his worst games in recent memory with two interceptions and a fumble, which was taken back for a touchdown.

Dillon Omberg (25) was a big threat in Week 1 for Hawley. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Tight end and North Dakota State commit Ben Ellefson is as good as advertised, hauling in four catches for 111 yards and a touchdown, rushing for 29 yards and a touchdown on six carries and getting in on 14 tackles on defense in Week 1. Nuggets have a backup plan if the passing game isn’t there and that’s Dillon Omberg, who rushed for 119 yards on 21 carries.

Nuggets are 24-1 in their last 25 regular-season games. That one loss is thanks to a 7-6 loss to Breckenridge last season.

 

3. Underwood (1-0)

Last week: 36-0 win at Ortonville

Next up: Host No. 5 Verndale (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Underwood had 372 total yards against Ortonville and 353 of them were on the ground with 177 from Noah Thompson and 89 from Cole Kugler.

This week’s matchup with Verndale has “section championship preview” written all over it. Last time these two teams met a touchdown and extra point with time expired in regulation gave Underwood a 13-12 win and a ticket to state.

 

4. Moorhead (1-0)

Last week: 18-13 win at Alexandria

Next up: Host St. Cloud Apollo (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Jade Lawrence led Moorhead to an 18-13 win over Alexandria in Week 1. Photo by Eric Morken/Echo Press

Spuds needed a hook and ladder with less than 30 seconds to escape Alexandria with a win. Probably not the best sign for a Moorhead team that beat Alexandria 28-12 and 40-7 last season, but a win is a win.

Running back Jade Lawrence had 88 rushing yards on 10 carries and junior receiver Tristen Nelson had a coming out party with four catches for 68 yards, a touchdown and the game-winning lateral to Lawrence.

Spuds premiere their new field turf Friday.

 

5. Verndale (1-0)

Last week: 45-6 win at Hancock

Next up: At No. 3 Underwood (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Much was expected from fourth-year starter and quarterback Dillon Card this season for Verndale. Colter Ehrmantraut made things easier for Verndale and could make this blog explode with trying to spell his last name if keeps putting up numbers like he did in Week 1.

He had 144 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and scored again on a 33-yard punt return. The Pirates are frightening with a duo running game of Card and Ehrmantraut.

Pirates will look for revenge against the team that ended their season in Underwood.

 

6. Frazee (1-0)

Last week: 26-23 win at home over Park Rapids

Next up: At Warroad (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Class 2A Frazee was able to take care of Class 3A Park Rapids and rather handily. The Hornets were up 20-0 at half and 26-7 with 10:01 to go before Park Rapids had a comeback.

Hesston Bachmann led the way with 176 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and Garrett Malstrom had 12 tackles and recovered a fumble.

 

7. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (0-1)

Last week: 18-6 loss at home against No. 2 Hawley

Next up: At Thief River Falls (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Alex Fuchs (45) helped the D-G-F running game, but the Rebels couldn’t score offensively against Hawley in Week 1. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

D-G-F didn’t do itself any favors in the first three weeks, scheduling three teams that played in section championships last season, two of which made it to state.

The good news is the Rebels stuck with a really good Hawley team behind two interceptions from Jordan Olson and a fumble recovery for a touchdown from Adam Olson. It was 12-6 early in the fourth before Hawley milked the clock.

Brandon Wayne had 34 rushing yards on nine carries, Joe Flatt had 86 yards on 15 carries and Alex Fuchs had 11 rushes for 21 yards. That’s four yards per carry from their big three and junior quarterback Blake Kragnes looked OK in his first varsity start, but D-G-F just couldn’t get in the end zone.

 

8. Waubun (1-0)

Last week: 18-0 win at home over Clearbrook-Gonvick

Next up: At Ada-Borup (0-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

The duo of Jordan Spaeth and Ryan Weber are going to be fun to watch this season. The two rushed for 281 of Waubun’s 294 rushing yards and scored every touchdown for the Bombers in their Week 1 win.

Next up is an Ada-Borup team that ended Waubun’s season in the section title game last year.

 

9. Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal (1-0)

Last week: 48-14 win at home over Polk County West

Next up: At Norman County West (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

It was all Hunter Thompson in Week 1, as he took the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and had 115 yards and two touchdowns rushing for NCE-U-H.

The Titans won three games all of last season. They’ll be one away from matching that after Week 2.

 

10. Otter Tail Central (0-1)

Last week: 21-20 loss at home to Upsala-Swanville

Next up: At New York Mills (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Hard to excuse a Class 2A team losing to a Class 1A team at home, but Upsala-Swanville was 10-2 last season and qualified for state. Plus, the Bulldogs lost via an Upsala-Swanville touchdown and 2-point conversion with 45 seconds remaining.

The Bulldogs have weapons, as Cody Seedorf (13 carries, 85 yards) scored on a 64-yard touchdown run, Andrew VanErp (4 carries, 38 yards, 3 catches, 35 yards) scored on an 89-yard kick return and Nick Trosdahl (14 carries, 72 yards, 3 catches, 30 yards, 11 tackles) scored on a 12-yard touchdown.

That’s a tough loss to open the season, but the Bulldogs need to wipe themselves off and get ready for New York Mills quarterback Dustin Gaudette, who is fresh off a game in which he rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

Prep volleyball beginning to heat up in North Dakota

The volleyball nets are up in gyms across the state of North Dakota and the 2014 season should be one full of intrigue leading up to the postseason.

Tonight, I’ll be at Fargo South High School covering the Fargo South-Fargo North matchup, which kicks off a full slate of matches in the Eastern Dakota Conference.

The South-North matchup is a meeting of two teams that bring back young talent from a year ago. The two teams split their regular season meetings with the Spartans winning a 3-2 match in the first meeting and the Bruins picking up a 3-1 decision in the other regular season match.

The Bruins (4-2) return junior all-state first team setter/right side Emily Stroup, junior all-conference outside hitter Maddie Erickson and senior middle blocker Anna Lawley. That trio will be expected to lead the Bruins this fall and help the team return to the state tournament.

Emily Stroup recorded her 1,000th career assist at the East-West Crossover Tournament in Bismarck over the weekend. David Samson / The Forum

The Spartans (4-2) bring back nine players that either started or saw a large amount of varsity rotations last fall.

Other matches across the Eastern Dakota Conference are:

1. Grand Forks Red River at East Grand Forks (Minn.)
2. Fargo Davies at Valley City, 7 p.m.
3. Devils Lake at Grand Forks Central, 7 p.m.
4. Wahpeton at West Fargo, 7 p.m.
5. West Fargo Sheyenne at Fargo Shanley, 7 p.m.

Fargo Shanley figures to be the favorites in the EDC after winning the East Region championship last year. The Deacons lost very little to graduation and most of its varsity lineup returns to the court including North Dakota commit Alivia Fraase.

Fraase, an all-state first team senior middle hitter, is a threat up front, but also plays standout defense for the Deacons. All-state second teamer senior middle hitter Somer Bucholz returns to the court as well as all-conference senior right side Lauren Sandy.

The Deacons 6-1 at the East-West Crossover tournament in Bismarck over the weekend losing to Bismarck Century … A few people may be penciling in that matchup at state tournament in Minot two months from now.

Davies lost a pair of all-state players in Katelyn Olson and Kinsey Papachek and head coach Missy Wilson said her team will need to fill those voids in regards to the lineup and leadership.

The city of West Fargo now has two prep teams with West Fargo Sheyenne joining the fold. Sheyenne was 5-1 at the East-West Crossover tournament and West Fargo was 2-4.

 

 

Players of Week 1 in Minnesota

Here are your top area performances from the first week of Minnesota high school football.

Ben Ellefson – Hawley

Ben Ellefson was everywhere for Hawley in the Nuggets’ Week 1 win. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Ellefson was everywhere on the field for Hawley in their 18-6 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. He rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown on six carries, hauled in four passes for 111 yards and a touchdown and was in on 14 tackles for the Nuggets.

Hunter Thompson – Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal

Thompson took the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and had 115 yards and two touchdowns rushing in NCE-U-H’s 48-14 beating of Polk County West.

Dustin Gaudette – New York Mills

Gaudette had 191 yards, 90 of which came on a touchdown run, and two touchdowns to lead New York Mills by United North Central 25-0.

Jade Lawrence – Moorhead

Spuds had reason to celebrate thanks to Jade Lawrence. Photo by Eric Morken/Echo Press

Lawrence rushed for 88 yards on 10 carries, caught three passes for 35 yards and had two touchdowns, but it was his coaching that got him on this list. He’s taking credit for the idea for calling a hook and ladder with Moorhead trailing by one and less than 30 seconds left and on the Alexandria 20-yard line. It worked, he scored and the Spuds won 18-13.

Noah Thompson – Underwood

Last season’s leading rusher in Minnesota picked up right where he left off. He had 177 yards on just 11 carries in Underwood’s 36-0 win over Ortonville.

Jordan Spaeth/Ryan Weber – Waubun

The duo accounted for 281 of Waubun’s 294 rushing yards and all touchdowns in the 18-0 win over Clearbrook-Gonvick. Spaeth had 167 yards rushing with a TD on 29 carries and Weber had 114 yards and a TD rushing to go along with a fumble recovery return for a TD.

Ethan Ishaug – Barnesville

In Barnesville’s opening week win over East Grand Forks Ishaug showed the Trojans are his team, completing five passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 106 yards on 13 attempts with one touchdown on the ground. He also had six tackles, a fumble recovery and a sack on defense.

Mason Malikowski – Perham

Malikowski led Perham to a 36-21 win over Pelican Rapids with 87 rushing yards and a touchdown to go along with 11-yard and 20-yard touchdown passes.

Hesston Bachamann/Garrett Malstrom – Frazee

Bachmann ran for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries to go along with a 52-yard touchdown pass in Frazee’s 26-23 win over Park Rapids. Malstrom had 12 tackles and recovered a fumble for the Hornets.

Tommy Pavek – Mahnonmen

Indians pushed their highest active winning streak to 29 games with a 44-13 win over Pine River-Backus behind 142 yards and two touchdowns rushing from Pavek.

Colter Ehrmantraut – Verndale

In Verndale’s 45-6 win over Hancock in Week 1, Ehrmantraut finished with 144 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries to go along with a 33-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Parker Jackson – Detroit Lakes

Jackson ran for 156 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in DL’s 20-0 win over Fargo North.

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Fargo South to play its 500th football game tonight

The Fargo South football team is set to play its 500th game in program history at 8 p.m. tonight at South High School. The school’s football program dates back to 1967.

South, the defending North Dakota Class 3A state champion, play Mandan to open the season.

Former players in attendance will be recognized on the field prior to the game with special recognition of state and league record holders throughout the game.

Larry Quamme, a coach on South’s freshmen football team, will be recognized during the game as one of the original Bruins, who played in the school’s first game in 1967.

In its 47 seasons, South holds a 374-119-6 all-time record and has won 13 state championships.

The Bruins opened the 2013 season against the Braves and won 48-14.

Fargo South’s Ty Brooks. Nick Wagner / The Forum

OTHER GAMES IN THE METRO AREA TONIGHT …

1. Fargo Shanley vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s: The Deacons host defending Class 2A state champions Bismarck St. Mary’s at 7 p.m. tonight at Sid Cichy Stadium. The Saints handed the Deacons a 12-10 loss in the 2A semifinals last November and also defeated Shanley in the season opener. Shanley brings back plenty of talent so this one is going to be physical as the Saints aren’t likely to budge even with being on the road. INTERESTING FACT: St. Mary’s win over Shanley in the semifinals last fall was the Deacons first ever playoff loss at Sid Cichy Stadium.

2. Fargo Davies vs. Bismarck Century: The Eagles host the Patriots at 7 p.m. tonight and this matchup is another playoff rematch from a year ago. Davies locked up with Century in the Class 3A quarterfinals last November with the Patriots claiming a 31-28 victory. Both teams return their starting quarterback and this game should feature plenty of passing. Century’s quarterback is junior Dalton Feeney. Davies counters with senior Aidan Hartness, who is a threat to run and pass. INTERESTING FACT: Hartness rushed for 433 yards and 10 TDs last fall and also passed for over a 1,000 yards with 13 TDs – six of which went to his twin brother Tristan.

3. Minot vs. West Fargo: The Packers play Minot at 7 p.m. tonight and these two teams will likely be players in the state playoff picture later this season. The Magicians return junior quarterback Ben Bolinske, who saw plenty of time under center last fall stepping up the depth chart due to an injury to all-state first teamer Alex Yanosko. Minot made it as far as the 3A semifinals losing to South 38-28. West Fargo seniors Jacob Hoy and Sam Olsen proved last fall they can make plays on the offensive side of the ball and figure to be in Jay Gibson’s game plan as ball carriers in the backfield.