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Lakers pummel Patriots on Homecoming night

Homecoming week ended on a bit of a sour note for Pequot Lakes as the Patriot football team was overwhelmed in a 47-0 loss to the Detroit Lakes Lakers on Friday, Sept. 28.

Running back Nik Kotaska runs through an opening in the Lakers' defensive line on Friday, Sept. 28.
Running back Nik Kotaska runs through an opening in the Lakers' defensive line on Friday, Sept. 28. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

Homecoming week ended on a bit of a sour note for Pequot Lakes as the Patriot football team was overwhelmed in a 47-0 loss to the Detroit Lakes Lakers on Friday, Sept. 28.

"They are ranked fourth in the state in 4A for a reason," coach Bill Magnuson said. "Their strengths may be some of our weaknesses. They are big and strong. They have a very good run game and a couple of good tail backs. They are very good at what they do."

The Patriots found themselves in a hole early, allowing three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game.

The offense made some progress in the second half, but several turnovers and a strong Laker defensive line kept the team out of the end zone.

"I am very proud of our kids," Magnuson said. "They came out in the second half and could have laid down right there, but they didn't. We had a drive and a stop. We tip our hat to them, because they are a very good football team."

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The Patriots are currently 2-3 on the season, but their coach expects the team's senior leadership to help them bounce back.

"They are going to decide which way we go. You look at our five games so far this season, and we may be a few plays from being 4-1," Magnuson said. "Knowing this group, they are going to battle through and lead us the rest of the way."

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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