Senior quarterback Riley Welk passed for 119 yards and three touchdowns as the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves rolled past the Pine River-Backus Tigers 42-0 in high school football action Friday, Sept. 6.

W-H-A improves to 1-1 while PR-B drops to 0-2 going into Friday’s game at Cass Lake-Bena.

“I thought we moved the ball and executed on offense better than we did the week before, although we weren't able to sustain a drive and score,” said PR-B head coach Tom Demars.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Wolves scored on the first play of the second period when Gavin Johannsen tallied on a short run. Mason Schneider added his first of four extra-point kicks to make it 7-0.

W-H-A extended the lead minutes later when Welk connected with Ethan Anderson for a 29-yard scoring pass. The Wolves made it 21-0 before halftime when Steve Hausken hauled in a 6-yard TD pass from Welk.

Hausen’s short touchdown run accounted for the only scoring of the third quarter. W-H-A added a pair of scores in the fourth period as Welk passed to Jackson MacFarlane for a 29-yard touchdown and Jacob Smith passed nine yards to his twin brother, Adam Smith, for the final score.

The Tigers committed just one turnover, but the Wolves did dominated the statistics with 335 yards of offense compared to 76 for the Tigers. Connor Tulenchik led PR-B with 36 yards rushing while quarterback Jake Poehler completed 5 of 11 passes for 57 yards.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 21 7 14 - 42
Pine River-Backus 0 0 0 - 0

Second quarter
WHA - Gavin Johannsen 2 run (Mason Schneider kick)
WHA - Ethan Anderson 29 pass from Riley Welk (kick failed)
WHA - Hausken 6 pass from Welk (Connor Craven pass from Welk)
Third quarter
WHA - Hausken 1 run (Schneider kick)
Fourth quarter
WHA - Jackson MacFarlane 29 pass from Welk (Schneider kick)
WHA - Adam Smith 9 pass from Jacob Smith (Schneider kick)

Team statistics:
Rushes-yards: WHA 36-201; PRB 30-19
Pass comp-att-int-yards: WHA 12-18-0-134; PRB 5-11-1-57
Total offense: WHA 335; PRB 76

Individual leaders:
Rushing: WHA-Hausken 14-100, Welk 7-37, Johannsen 4-19; PRB-Connor Tulenchik 10-36, Keenan Dahl 5-7, Finnegan O’Dell 1-5
Passing: WHA-Welk 9-14-0-119 Smith 1-1-0-9; PRB-Jake Poehler 5-11-1-57
Receiving: WHA-Hausken 5-92, MacFarlane 30-37, Smith 1-9; PRB-Trevor Redding 1-16, Tulenchik 1-13, Evan Koering 1-12, Rian Struss 1-9, Dahl 1-7