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AREA ROUNDUP: Blackduck football looks to rebound this week at W-H-A

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BLACKDUCK — Blackduck gave Prairie Valley of Parkers Prairie all it could handle last Friday but Prairie Valley scored a touchdown in overtime to hand the Drakes a 20-14 football loss.

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Friday’s setback dropped Blackduck to 1-3 overall and in the Northstar Conference. The Drakes will try to rebound this Friday when they travel to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

In other Northstar Conference contests last week Pine River (4-0) toppled Cass Lake-Bena 50-8, Pillager downed Bagley 39-18, Red Lake County stopped Red Lake 65-20, Mahnomen blitzed WHA 60-0, Frazee defeated Lake Park-Audubon 34-15 and Fertile-Beltrami blanked Fosston 21-0.

In addition to Blackduck’s game at WHA, Friday’s schedule sees Pine River visiting Bagley, CL-B hosting Fertile-Beltrami for Homecoming, Prairie Valley heading to Pillager, Red Lake entertaining Mahnomen, RLC at Frazee and Fosston traveling to LP-A.

Pine River (4-0) leads the East Division while Bagley (2-2) and Cass Lake-Bena (2-2) share second. Trailing the leaders are Blackduck (1-3), Pillager (1-3), Red Lake (0-4) and WHA (0-4).

Mahnomen is 4-0 in the West Division and sharing 3-1 records are Frazee, Lake Park-Audubon and Red Lake County.

Last week at Prairie Valley the Drakes and the Nighthawks played a scoreless first half but Prairie Valley found the scoreboard with a 10-yard pass in the third quarter.

Blackduck knotted the score at 8-8 early in the fourth period when Cooper Jedlicka scored on a 22-yard run and Jacob Krabbenhoft ran for the 2-point conversion.

Prairie Valley regained the lead when it recovered its own fumble in the end zone but had to settle for a 14-8 advantage when the 2-point PAT try failed.

Blackduck tied the game later in the period on a 40-yard pass from Krabbenhoft to Tanner Depew but the conversion kick failed and the teams were tied 20-20 after regulation.

Blackduck did not score on its overtime possession while Prairie Valley tallied the game-winning touchdown.

“It was a very physical game throughout,” said Blackduck coach Jeff Volk. “I thought our kids played hard. We responded well both times Prairie Valley took the lead by driving down and putting up a score to answer.

“We had our chances but we came up just short,” Volk continued. “Even with the loss, it was a good learning experience for our guys.”

Tyler Jablonski of the Drakes had seven solo tackles and eight assisted stops and was named the conference’s East Division Defensive Player of the Week.

Bagley also lost on Friday as Pillager scored on its opening drive and padded its lead to 18-6 at the half. Bagley’s lone first-half TD was provided by Jake Skansberg who found the end zone on a 31-yard pass from Jordan Loiland.

In the second half the Flyers would score two more times as Loiland hit Skansberg on TD passes of 39 and 71 yards.

Loiland completed eight of 17 passes for 179 yards. Skansberg caught four of the aerials for 162 yards and three touchdowns. He also was named the Offensive Player of the Week in the Northstar Conference East Division.

Logan Thorson gained 58 yards on 12 runs and Lucas Culkins paced the defense with eight tackles.

Kellher-Northome remained unbeaten, improving to 4-0 last week with a 62-18 victory over Lake of the Woods. On Friday the Mustangs will host Onamia (3-1).

Clearbrook-Gonvick stopped Climax-Fisher 42-8 in Top of the State Conference play and trails only Kittson County Central which sits atop the league at 3-0.

The Bears will host Goodridge-Grygla on Friday.

WHA leads volleyball standings

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley collected a pair of Northland Conference victories last week, downing Clearbrook-Gonvick 3-1 and edging Blackduck 3-2.

The victories gave the Wolves a 2-0 record heading into this week’s action.

Nevis defeated Clearbrook-Gonvick in its league opener while Blackduck downed Northome-Kelliher to improve to 2-1, sharing that record with Pine River which blanked Cass Lake-Bena 3-0.

Laporte and CL-B entered this week’s play at 2-2 while Red Lake was 0-2 and Northome-Kelliher 0-3.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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