Players Of Week 2 In Minnesota

Another week of football, another huge performance from Detroit Lakes quarterback Michael Herzog. Four carries, 153 yards, four touchdowns.


Here’s a look at some of the big area performances in Minnesota high school’s Week 2 of football.

Ryan Bruggeman – Pelican Rapids

Bruggeman rushed for 310 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries in the 28-22 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton for Pelican Rapids. His touchdowns went for 76, 36, 83 and 82 yards.

Blake Fetting/Lance Ruebke – Ada-Borup

In Ada-Borup’s 40-20 win over Waubun, Fetting had 160 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 12 carries. He was also 2-for-3 passing for 70 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown pass to Lance Ruebke. Ruebke had four catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Michael Herzog – Detroit Lakes

Herzog rushed the ball four times and found the end zone on every single one. He finished with 153 yards on those four carries with touchdown runs of 58, 3, 25 and 67 yards in Detroit Lakes’ 40-6 manhandling of Crookston.

Jordan Harms/Ben Ellefson – Hawley

Hawley’s Jordan Harms (7) has been all over the field for the Nuggets in the first two weeks of the season

Our first combo player of the week, Harms and Ellefson put together one beauty of a first half in Hawley’s 42-12 win over Warroad. Harms and Ellefson went 5-for-8 passing for 102 yards and two touchdowns, ran the ball four times for 35 yards and a touchdown and hauled in three passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns to go along with an interception on defense. The Nuggets went up 42-0 in the first half and took out their starters the rest of the way.

Vinnie Veum – Fergus Falls Hillcrest

Besides having the perfect name for a movie mob boss, the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy back had three rushing touchdowns in the 36-26 win over Berhta-Hewitt.

Hunter Thompson – Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal

Speaking of famous names, Thompson had three rushing touchdowns (3, 7 and 25) in NCE-U-H’s 36-0 shutout win over rival Norman County West.

Mason Swegarden – Lake Park-Audubon

Swegarden did everything possible in Lake Park-Audubon’s 39-22 win over Pillager. He rushed for touchdowns of 16, 4 and 15 yards. He found wide receiver Jon Olson for a 10-yard touchdown pass and Tim Brekken for a 32-yard touchdown pass. He also ran in a two-point conversion and even kicked an extra point.

Payton Jordahl/Eli Beachy – Perham

Eli Beachy is certainly help fill the void all-state QB Jordan Hein left for Perham.
Payton Jordahl has six touchdowns, two of which are on defense, in two weeks for Perham.

Jordahl finished with 11 carries for 77 yards, including touchdowns of 5 and 20 yards and, for the second week in a row, took back a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the 47-0 drubbing of East Grand Forks. Beachy had 5-yard and 6-yard touchdown runs to go along with a 12-yard touchdown pass. Jordahl and Beachy are responsible for 62 of Perham’s 83 points on the season.

Carter Thiel – Wheaton-Herman-Norcross

Thiel had 15 carries for 154 yards and four touchdowns on offense and had nine tackles on defense in W-H-N’s 38-7 win over Ortonville.

Austin Reitan – Mahnomen

Mahnomen made it 16 in a row with a 42-14 win over Red Lake County due in large part to Reitan’s three touchdowns and 88 yards rushing.

Jade Lawrence – Moorhead

Lawrence did all he could in Moorhead’s 27-20 loss to Saint Cloud Apollo. He had touchdown runs of 56 and 78 yards and finished with 216 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Michael Strand/Alex Trowbridge – Barnesville

Strand and Trowbridge each had two rushing touchdowns in Barnesville’s 42-6 win over New York Mills. Strand had touchdown runs of 28 and 34 and Trowbridge had touchdowns from three and four yards out.

Dillon Card – Verndale

Verndale had six touchdowns in their big 44-13 win over Underwood and Card had a part in five of them. He rushed for 193 yards, including touchdown runs of 50, 40 and 6 yards, and threw two touchdown passes. He had a 9-yard TD to Eric Blaha and a 12-yard TD pass to Will Kramer.

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