Barnesville Trojans overwhelm Blackduck Drakes, 74-0
On Sept. 18, the Blackduck Drakes shorthanded football team lost 74-0 at Barnesville.
The Drakes only managed to put 16 players in uniform while the host Trojans played over 50 students during the course of the game. For various reasons, five Drakes who started the previous game were not in uniform making it necessary to play younger players. Blackduck suffered the loss of their largest player when senior Tim Butterfield was injured in a farm accident. He is likely out for the season.
The temperature on the field was 76° and the Trojans came out just as hot scoring 42 points in the first quarter.
The Drakes again had trouble with misdirection plays and Barnesville uses a lot of those plays. The young Drakes were pushed around on the line and outran in the open field. It was reminiscent of a saying Coach Jerry Sonnek was fond of using some 20 years ago: "We are small but we are slow."
The efforts of the offensive unit of the Drakes were mostly unsuccessful with seniors Todd Kallroos, Jake Olafson and Nick Andreas and juniors Mike Dexter and Nick Liapis the only players on the field with enough varsity experience to mention.
Newcomer, senior, Logan Oelke and juniors Justin Bryant and James Campbell-Eckdahl were the only other upper classmen in uniform. Sophomores Butch Strand, Doug Palmer, Galen Martin and Peter Fraley tried their best to help move the ball.
Defensively, the inexperienced Drakes had trouble following the ball in the criss cross backfield scheme Barnesville used. Several times they were forced to run the ball carrier down from behind after being fooled by a fake.
The efforts of Andreas, Olafson, Kallroos, Liapis, Dexter, Strand, Bryant and freshmen Brad Kusper, Brady Gross and Cory Bryant slowed down the scoring in the second quarter.
Gross made a big tackle at the five yard line near the end of the half to stop the Trojans from scoring another touchdown. Trojan Coach Bryan Strand had his team take a knee on the last two plays of the half and Barnesville took a 55-0 lead into the break. He also substituted freely during the last three quarters of the game.
The second half went quickly with the clock running and while the Drakes were able to pick up some first downs, they were never able to sustain a drive. Both teams gave their younger players extensive varsity experience.
Freshmen Gross, Cory Bryant, Kusper and Zack Jones had more time on the field in one varsity game than many freshmen get in an entire season.
On the other end of the spectrum the experienced trio of seniors saw very little action in the fourth quarter. The Trojans scored twice with freshmen and sophomores in the third quarter and once in the fourth to claim a 74-0 win. They closed the game by taking a knee inside of the 10 for the last couple of plays.
The Drakes managed only 42 yards rushing with Andreas picking up 30 of those. Kallroos led the receivers pulling in four passes for 41 yards. Olafson had a pair of catches for eight yards.
Olafson also had a fine game on defensive earning himself the defensive player of the week designation from Coach Hickman. Andreas again anchored the middle of the defense with Liapis providing solid support. Other leading tacklers were Dexter and Kallroos from the defensive backfield.
After traveling to Pine River and Bagley the next two Fridays, the Drakes will host Hawley and Frazee at Sonnek Field in midweek games to close their regular season.