The Pequot Lakes defense gave up five touchdowns in the first half, but shut their opponent out in the second as the Patriots beat the East Grand Forks Green Wave 47-34 on Friday, Sept. 6.
"Our level of intensity went way up," senior Zach Jorgens said. "We didn't want these guys coming into our house and smacking us. We had to do something and our defense really stepped up."
The Patriots overcame several of their athletes being sidelined in the second half with leg cramps, with backups stepping in with little issue.
“That was a team win,” head coach Bill Magnuson said. “We had so many guys go down and so many kids that had to step up. I think that is a testament to the program. The kids are starting to buy in. If you do your job and know what you are doing, we are going to have to put you out there.”
The teams went into halftime tied 34-34, with neither team punting in the first half and both committing three turnovers.
Both defenses gained composure in the second half, but the Patriot offense managed to tally one touchdown in each remaining quarter to pick up the win.
“Our defensive coordinator, Pete Ryan, limited some of our calls - we may have had too many - and we just played some base defense,” Magnuson said. “Sure enough, we were able to slow them down … We just let them play football.”
The Patriots were out-rushed, allowing 338 yards on the ground, but they recorded nearly 200 more passing yards than the Green Wave.
Jorgens carried the ball 27 times for 205 yards and a touchdown, while receiver Bode Magnuson caught six passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns. Nic Kotaska also had three touchdowns, two of them rushing and one a screen pass.
The Patriots are now 2-0 on the season, and travel to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday, Sept. 13.
"We have to take better care of our bodies," Jorgens said. "Everyone was cramping up. We did the best we could though, and I like the outcome."
“Every member of the team has to be ready,” Magnuson said. “We pushed them last week and told them to have their fluids every day … It’s all hands on deck. Everyone has to be ready to play and I am proud of the kids who stepped up and did that tonight.”