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Patriots pound S-M in opener

The Pequot Lakes Patriots football team scored 27 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Staples-Motley 40-0 in Heart ‘O Lakes season opener on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Tyler Tappe and Justin Mackenthun each had a pair of touchdowns for the Patriots. Tappe finished with 20 carries for 186 Yards while Mackenthun rushed six times for 47 yards, and also had two receptions for 53 yards. Pequot Lakes dominated the game with 350 total yards to just 73 for the Cardinals, who failed to complete a pass.

Pequot Lakes scored on its first possession as they marched down the field with seven running plays. The drive was capped by Tappe’s 11-yard run just 2:40 into the game. CJ Borleis’ conversion kick made it 7-0.

The Patriots extended the lead in the second quarter as they scored after recovering a fumble at the S-M 42. Penalties pushed Pequot Lakes back to midfield, but a 40-yard run by Tappe gave the visitors first-and-goal from the nine. The Patriots missed a chance to score when they turned the ball over on a fumble at the two.

Pequot Lakes forced a punt, and had good field possession with 2:30 remaining in the half. Borleis passed to Mackenthun for a first down at the S-M 27, the sophomore quarterback then connected with Kyle Sellner for a first down at the 3-yard line. A penalty pushed the ball back five yards, but Tappe then scored on an 8-yard run with 22 seconds remaining before intermission.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Patriots extended the lead to 21-0 on a 4-yard carry by Mackenthun early in the fourth period. Borleis ran for the conversion points.

After forcing the Cardinals to punt, Pequot Lakes scored again when Joel Ebnet tossed a 39-yard pass to Mackenthun to make it 27-0.

The Patriots added a pair of late touchdowns as Shae Zeidler tallied on a 4-yard run to make it 34-0. Pequot Lakes’ Angelo Tweed then recovered a blocked kick in the end zone for the final score. The kick failed but Pequot Lakes had a 40-0 lead.

Defensive leaders for the Patriots in the shut out where Mackenthun, three quarterback sacks and 10 tackles, Chad Christianson with 12 tackles, and Chris Westman eight tackles.

Pequot Lakes 7 6 0 27 — 40

Staples-Motley 0 0 0 0 — 0

First quarter

PL: Tyler Tappe 11 run (CJ Borleis kick)

Second quarter

PL: Tappe 8 run (kick fail)

Fourth quarter

PL: Josh Mackenthun 4 run (CJ Borleis run)

PL: Mackenthun 39 pass from Joel Ebnet (kick fail)

PL: Shae Zeidler 4 run (Borleis kick)

PL: Angelo Tweed blocked kick recovery in end zone (kick fail).

Individual leaders:

Total yards: S-M 73, PL 350

Rushing: PL-Tappe 20-186, Mackenthun 6-47, Shae Zeidler 4-33

Passing: PL-Joel Ebnet 2-2-45; CJ Borleis 2-7-37

Receiving: Mackenthun 2-53, Kyle Sellner 1-23, Connor Davich 1-6