Week 1 is in the books for Minnesota football and here’s a look at some big performances in the area.
Lance Ruebke – Ada Borup
Ruebke touched the ball six times on offense and had five touchdowns in Ada-Borup’s 47-6 win over Climax-Fisher. He had three rushes for 73 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and caught three passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the air. He also had an interception on defense.
Jared Olsgaard/Matt Moberg – Park Christian
Olsgaard threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more in Park Christian’s 58-0 win over Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. Olsgaard was 12-for-17 for 204 yards in the air and ran for 39 yards on the ground. He hooked up with wide receiver Matt Moberg for touchdown throws of 65 and 22 yards and found Hunter Nickel for a 27-yard touchdown pass. Moberg also returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown.
Tyler Patron – New York Mills
Patron had touchdown runs of 52 and one and took an interception back for a touchdown in the 28-6 win over United North Central. It was the first time in five years New York Mills opened the season with a win.
Noah Thompson – Underwood
The junior ran for 285 yards and two touchdowns on 32 rushing attempts and Underwood needed every bit of it, holding off Ortonville 39-38.
Michael Strand – Barnesville
People may be able to kick away from him, but they can’t stop the Trojans from handing him the ball. Strand had 13 carries for 237 yards and two touchdowns in Barnesville’s 37-14 win over Otter Tail Central. His touchdown runs were 75 and 81 yards. He also returned three kicks (two punts and a kickoff) for 111 yards.
Payton Jordahl – Perham
Jordahl rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns and returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown. His fumble return was huge and not just because it was the second longest return in Perham history. Pelican Rapids was inside the Perham 20 and looking to go up two scores before half, but a sack by Andrew Johnson knocked the ball loose and Jordahl found the end zone with time expired in the half. Perham took a 22-19 lead into half and won 36-27.
Ryan Bruggeman – Pelican Rapids
Bruggeman did all he could to try and get Pelican Rapids a win over Perham. He rushed for 147 yards, including a touchdown run of 65, and returned a punt for a 57-yard touchdown.
Michael Herzog/Jarret Nosal – Detroit Lakes
Herzog had 17 carries for 87 yards and rushed for four touchdowns and was 7-for-15 for 56 yards and a touchdown in the air in the 35-20 win over Fargo North (N.D.) for Detroit Lakes. Nosal had 171 yards rushing on just 12 carries for an average of over 14 yards per carry.
Jordan Harms – Hawley
The junior quarterback ran for one touchdown and threw for two more in Hawley’s 35-14 win over Park Rapids Area. He found fellow junior Ben Ellefson for touchdown passes of 26 and 14 and ran another in from four yards out.
Carter Thiel – Wheaton-Herman-Norcross
Thiel had a 70-yard touchdown catch and ran in two more touchdowns from three and 10 yards out to lead W-H-N in a 38-14 win over Ashby.
Mitchell Mosher – Fertile-Beltrami
Mosher rushed for 253 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns on offense and racked up 11 tackles on defense.