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Football: Pequot dominates Park Rapids 50-0

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Patriot linebacker Cullen Kratochvil flattens Park Rapids' quarterback in Pequot Lakes 50-0 victory on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
Dan Determan / Echo Journal
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PEQUOT LAKES — Bryer Nordby caught two touchdown passes from Grant Loge in the second quarter – despite playing in a heavy downpour – as the Pequot Lakes Patriots defeated the Park Rapids Area Panthers 50-0 in a Midwest Red District game on Friday, Sept. 23.

“Despite the conditions and the way we started the game with two fumbles – which was kind of nerve-wracking – I have to hand it to our defense, because they played extremely well,” head coach Bill Magnuson said. “Obviously, if you get a shutout, you must be doing something right in high school football … Our kids could have folded and hung their heads after fumbling a couple of times, but they did not.”

Obviously, if you get a shutout, you must be doing something right in high school football.
Bill Magnuson, Patriots Head Coach

Clay Wolf was the first Patriot in the end zone as he ran a 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He ended up with 74 rushing yards on the day.

John Elsenpeter and Darby Boelter each scored rushing touchdowns in the second quarter while Kamrin Hulke added two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cap off the scoring for the Patriots.

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Pequot Lakes running back Clay Wolf outruns a would-be tackler for a touchdown on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
Dan Determan / Echo Journal

Pequot held Park Rapids to negative-13 yards of total offense as the Patriots improved to 3-1 on the season. The Patriots now move on to face Detroit Lakes for homecoming on Friday, Sept. 30.

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“DL is very good – they are 4-0, I think they are ranked eighth and they have two players on their team committed to play for the Gophers,” Magnuson said. “They are the real deal. It is a true test for us to see where we stand.”

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Park Rapids 0 0 0 0 – 0

Pequot Lakes 6 30 0 14 – 50

First quarter

PL-Clay Wolf 23-yard run (kick fails) 2:36

Second quarter

PL-Bryer Nordby 14-yard pass from Grant Loge (Clay Wolf run) 9:20

PL-Nordby 15-yard pass from Loge (Nordby run) 6:36

PL-John Elsenpeter 10-yard run (Wolf run) 5:22

PL-Darby Boelter 6-yard run (pass fails) 2:02

Fourth quarter

PL-Kamrin Hulke 6-yard run (pass fails) 9:32

PL-Kamrin Hulke 21-yard run (Hulke run) 2:17

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: PL 46-239, PR 28-(-36)

Pass comp-att-int-yds: PL 5-11-0-61, PR 4-12-2-23

Total offense: PL 57-300, PR 40-(-13)

Individual leaders

Rushing: PL-Clay Wolf 9-74, Caden Nelson 11-46, Kamrin Hulke 3-36, Bryer Nordby 6-28, Griffin Hoffman 8-27, John Elsenpeter 3-19, Darby Boelter 3-16, Christian Crutchet 1-1

Passing: PL-Grant Loge 5-11-61

Receiving: PL-Bryer Nordby 2-29, Riley Larson 1-25, Darby Boelter 1-8

Overall: PL 3-1. Next: Pequot Lakes hosts Detroit Lakes 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

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Patriot running back Caden Nelson attempts to run through the Panther defense - and a driving rain - on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
Dan Determan / Echo Journal

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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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