Senior halfback Jeremy Cole rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Warroad Warriors past the Pine River-Backus Tigers 38-0 in Northwoods Conference football matchup Friday, Oct. 4.
Warroad dominated the game, finishing with a 326 to 59 edge in total yards, to end the Tigers’ three-game winning streak. The Warriors improved to 4-0 in the conference and 4-2 overall while PR-B dropped to 2-2 in the conference and 3-3 overall.
“(Warroad) played more physical football than we did, and we weren't able to get anything going consistently either running or throwing the ball,” said Tigers head coach Tom Demars.
The Warriors grabbed a 24-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs by Cole covering three and 11 yards. Those scores were sandwiched between a 23-yard fumble return by Warroad’s Vance Kleinschmidt. Cole then added two long touchdown runs in the third period to clinch the win.
“(Cole) was very good runner, who had some huge holes to run through,” Demars said. “He was fast, shifty and was hard to bring down.”
The Tigers’ Keenan Dahl rushed for a team-high 25 yards while PR-B quarterback Jake Poehler completed two passes for 20 yards. Evan Koering had two catches for 18 yards.
PR-B is scheduled to host Red Lake at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.
“Red Lake is struggling to field a team right now,” Demars said. “Their numbers are low, and they're playing some young kids. It wouldn't surprise us if they were to forfeit the game.”
Pine River-Backus 0 0 0 - 0
Warroad 0 14 0 - 38
W- Jeremy Cole 3 yard run (Blake Norris run good)
W- Vance Kleinschmidt 23 yard fumble return (J. Cole run good)
W- J. Cole 11 yard run (Norris run good)
W- J. Cole 54 yard run (Norris run good)
W- J. Cole 52 yard run (run failed)
Rushes-yards: PRB 24-37; WAR 35-309
Passing yards: PRB 22; WAR 17
Total yards: PRB 59; WAR 326
Rushing: PRB-Keenan Dahl 5-25; WAR-Jeremy Cole 20-197, Blake Norris 9-62, Gaabi Boucha 3-34, Evan Grover 1-9, Matthew Hard 2-7
Passing: PRB-2-11-3-20, Irvin Tulenchik 1-4-0-2; WAR-Cooper Cole 2-8-0-17
Receiving: PRB-Evan Koering 2-18, Trevor Redding 1-4; WAR-Jace Thompson 1-17