The Pequot Lakes defense put up a solid front, but the Patriot football team narrowly fell 14-12 to the Detroit Lakes Lakers in the final game of the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
“I’m just extremely proud of our kids,” head coach Bill Magnuson said. “Everybody in the area knows about Detroit Lakes and the storied program they have … and every year we take them on, it’s sort of a David and Goliath game. We knew they would try to bully us with their run game, and I thought our defense played extremely well and withstood some of that.”
The Lakers did all of their scoring in the second quarter, finding the end zone on runs of six and 11 yards.
The Patriots answered with rushing touchdowns in the second and third quarters, both by Carter Sjoblad, but the team failed to convert on the point-after attempts in both cases.
The Patriot defense shut out the 4A Lakers in three quarters. This has been a common trend for a Patriots team that has allowed roughly 12 points per game all season long - a stat that Magnuson said comes as “a little bit” of a surprise.
“We knew the offensive weapons were coming back, but when you start the first game against (Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton) by giving up 26 points in the first half, you go, ‘Holy cow,’ Magnuson said. “But from that game on, our defense has just done a whale of a job. Credit to our defensive coordinator Pete Ryan and the coaches, but also to the players.
“Some of these kids have been playing for two or three years. They get what we are trying to do, and they make a lot of their own calls on the field,” he said.
Sjoblad rushed 13 times for 78 yards along with the two scores, while quarterback Bode Magnuson completed 15 passes for 165 yards.
The Patriots were scheduled to play Roseau in the opening round of the playoffs Tuesday, Nov. 17, but the Rams were forced to forfeit due to injuries and COVID-19. The Patriots will now play the winner of Park Rapids and Perham at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in Pequot Lakes.
"I think we have proven that we can play with anybody in our section - and even a whole class above us - but playoffs are playoffs,” Magnuson said. “We are probably going to see someone that we have played already. What lessons did we learn from the first time?”
Detroit Lakes 0 14 0 0 — 14
Pequot Lakes 0 6 6 0 — 12
DL-Caeden Yliniemi 9 run (Evan Thomas kick) 7:15
PL-Carter Sjoblad 5 run (kick failed) 4:49
DL-Ethan Carrier 11 run (Thomas kick) 1:06
PL-Sjoblad 21 run (run failed) 1:11
Rushes-yards: PL 30-119, DL 48-192
Pass comp-att-int-yds: PL 15-30-1-165, DL 3-8-0-50
Total offense: PL 60-284, DL 56-242
Rushing: PL-Carter Sjoblad 13-78, Erik Larsen 6-36, Bode Magnuson 11-5; DL-Christian Solberg 27-89, Ethan Carrier 9-63, Joseph Heinlein 4-23, Jake Green 5-12, Caeden Ylineimi 1-9
Passing: PL-Bode Magnuson 15-30-165; DL-Matthew Tobkin 3-8-50
Receiving: PL-Erik Larsen 5-58, Alex Morgan 3-50, Ryan Harmala 4-33, Hunter Nybakken 2-24; DL-Jake Green 1-37, 2-13 Ty Jones 2-13
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