Players of Week 1 in Minnesota

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

If Ada-Borup wants to repeat this picture from state two seasons ago, they will need plays like this from Lance Ruebke (right).

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

Payton Jordahl completely swung the momentum in Perham’s first-week win over Pelican Rapids.

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

The Lakers trailed 6-0 to Fargo North after the first quarter, but Michael Herzog (9) and Jarret Nosal led a big charge behind the Lakers big offensive line to get the win.

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

Jordan Harms (center) leads some talented juniors at Hawley this season. Scary to think how good they could be next season.

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.

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.

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