Top 10 Area Football Rankings for Minnesota (Week 4)

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton was 2-7 last season. It took the Rebels three weeks to match that and they did it against the AP’s Class 3A’s No. 4-ranked Perham.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton threw a curve at the rankings with its 21-7 win over No. 4 Perham in Week 3. The Rebels had two wins all of last year and are now 2-1.

 

1. Mahnomen (3-0)

Last week: 49-0 win over Frazee at home

Next up: Host Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (0-3), 7 p.m., Friday

The Indians won their 17th straight the exact way they won the previous 16; defense and a mean running attack.

Mahnomen held previously undefeated Frazee to 144 total yards. The Indians had 441 total yards, 350 of which came on the ground. Bob Bjorge had 123 rushing yards and two TDs, Tommy Pavek had 76 and one TD, Trevor Haugo had 58 and a TD, and Austin Reitan had 56 and a TD. The Indians have options.

 

2. Detroit Lakes (3-0)

Last week: 29-21 win over Thief River Falls at home

Next up: Host Host Staples-Motley (0-3), 7 p.m., Friday

Detroit Lakes held on for a win over previously undefeated Thief River Falls in Week 3.

It wasn’t pretty, but the Lakers keep winning. Michael Herzog ran for three touchdowns and threw for another, but it was a 2-point conversion stuff by Josh Weber with 4 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the fourth and the Lakers clinging to a 22-21 lead that changed the entire game.

 

3. Hawley (3-0)

Last week: 56-17 win over Pelican Rapids at Pelican Rapids

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

Hawley’s offense keeps rolling with Ben Ellefson, Chris Buttke and Dillon Omberg getting two touchdowns each in the win over Pelican Rapids.

 

4. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross  (3-0)

Last week: 20-7 win over Underwood at Wheaton

Next up: Host Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (3-0) at Wheaton, 7 p.m., Friday

Wheaton-Herman-Norcross won a tough one over Underwood in Week 3, but everything goes out the window with Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in Week 4. This is the biggest game of the season for the Warriors, facing the No. 1-ranked team in Class 9-man in the Associated Press poll.

 

5. Ada-Borup (3-0)

Last week: 64-37 win over Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal at Twin Valley

Next up: Host Park Christian (1-2) at Ada, 7 p.m., Friday

Pick your poison between JD Kappes, Blake Fetting and Lance Ruebke when playing Ada-Borup. All three can do everything.

The Cougars just scored 64 points on a NCE-U-H team that had given up six points in their first two games combined.

 

6. Barnesville (3-0)

Last week: 46-6 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Long Prairie

Next up: Host United North Central (1-2), 7 p.m., Friday

So much is said for running back Michael Strand, but Kyler Martz had himself a game in Week 3. Yes, Strand, had two touchdown catches, 162 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 11 carries and returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown, but Martz was 10-for-12 for 157 yards and four TDs passing. It’s hard to fathom defending the Trojans with Strand and the fear of a passing game. Martz could do just that.

 

7. Verndale (3-0)

Last week: 38-12 win over Bertha-Hewitt

Next up: At Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (1-2), 7 p.m., Friday

It was 2009 the last time Verndale started 3-0 and that Pirates team made it to state. Quarterback Dillon Card is leading them in that direction.

 

8. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (2-1)

Last week: 21-7 win over Perham at home

Next up: Breckenridge (2-1) at Breckenridge, 7 p.m., Friday

We see you, D-G-F. The Rebels defense held a Perham team that was ranked No. 4 in Class 3A by the Associated Press and ranked No. 4 on these rankings last week that had scored 83 points in the first two weeks to seven points, 111 yards rushing and 77 yards passing.

The schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Rebels as they take on Breckenridge and then Hawley in back-to-back weeks.

 

9. Moorhead (2-1)

Last week: 34-20 win over Grand Rapids

Next up: Host St. Cloud Tech (3-0), 7 p.m., Friday

Brady Andersen had an interception and had a 30-yard touchdown run for Moorhead in its Week 3 win over Grand Rapids.

Moorhead is still going through the learning curve after losing 31 seniors from last season. Less than eight minutes into a game against 0-2 Grand Rapids, the Spuds were up 19-0 and had the chance to make it a blowout early. They did not, Grand Rapids made it 19-14 and Moorhead scored 15 unanswered to shut the door.

Offensively, the Spuds moved away from running back Jade Lawrence to seemingly make opposing teams worry about more than just him. Have to wait and see if that works, as the learning curve has to bend toward the Spuds because against St. Cloud Tech there’s no more time for lessons.

 

10. Perham (2-1)

Last week: 21-7 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at Glyndon

Next up: Host Crookston (1-2), 7 p.m., Friday

Perham takes a big dip behind the undefeateds, the team that beat them and Moorhead from No. 4 in the rankings after its loss to D-G-F. The Yellowjackets most likely won’t remain in this spot, but D-G-F showed their flaws, controlling the line of scrimmage.

 

Dropped out of the rankings (previous ranking)
Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal (8)

 

Knocking on the door
Lake Park-Audubon (3-0) – The last time Lake Park-Audubon was 3-0 was in 2008 and that team made it to the state semifinals. Quarterback Mason Swegarden has LP-A off to a great start.

 

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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