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.

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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