BHS football team scores five touchdowns in win over Sartell
The Bemidji Lumberjacks football team enjoyed its finest night in many seasons Friday night, scoring five touchdowns to bury Sartell 37-24 on the Sabres field.
It lifted the Jacks to 3-3, facing their final home game next Friday with arch rival Moorhead.
Sartell dropped to 3-3 and plays at Sauk Rapids Friday.
For the second time this year, the Jacks put together four solid quarters.
Sartell made the task easier, coughing up the ball seven times, six on interceptions.
Bemidji rolled up season highs of 251 yards on the ground and 211 through the air in the wild offensive battle.
Nate McGriff and Travis Greenwaldt scored twice and Joe Kingery once.
McGriff returned to his 2007 form with 170 ground yards including a 95 yard burst for the fourth score that put the game to bed.
It was certain from the start that it would be a night for offense.
Sartell took the opening kickoff and marched steadily down field, fueled by third down passes of 23 and 39 yards to reach the 16.
But the Jacks defense stiffened and regained possession on a sack and fumble recovery at the 28.
Bemidji then moved 72 yards in 10 plays to score. Anderson hit for 11 and 28 yard gains though the air and Greenwaldt bolted in from the eight.
The conversion snap was fumbled but Kingery recovered to pass to Dan Sadek for two points.
Back came Sartell to ride a 51-yard reception to reach the 22.
But three plays reached only the 19 and Brent Orndorf came in to boot a 37-yard field goal.
Bemidji stalled and Sartell was on the move again, marching to the eight. But on third down Czar Woods picked off Cole Jenkins in the end zone and returned to the 45.
But the Jacks went nowhere again and paid the price when Brayde Lipp hauled in an Alex Hengel punt and romped 88 yards to score. Orndorf's kick made it 10-8.
Then it was Bemidji's turn. After one drive stalled, the Jacks regained possession on Kingery's interception and return to the Jacks 48.
It took six plays to cover the 52 yards aided by a 15 yard interference call. Anderson hit Kingery for the last 19 and ran the conversion for a 16-10 lead.
At the half each team showed 148 yards from scrimmaged, mostly through the air.
Bemidji took control in the third period ,taking the kickoff and marching 68 yards in four plays to score.
The second was a 56-yard pass to Hengel to reach the 14, McGriff went the remaining distance on two tries, the last from the one., Anderson passed to Sadek for a 24-10 lead.
But Sartell would not go away and got this one back quickly as Lipp broke free for a 54-yard run an Orndorf converted.
The relief was short lived. Bemidji took the ensuing kickoff and marched 82 yards in nine plays to widen the gap.
Anderson hit Sadek for 30, found Hengel for 12 and saw McGriff to 16 and 15 on the next two play to the four. Greenwaldt went in from the one and Erik Jacobson converted for a 31-17 lead.
Sartell's turn. The Sabres moved steadily down field behind a 40-yard Jenkins to Rob Voshell pass and reached the 12 before Kingery made his second interception.
Ha returned only to the four leaving Bemidji in deep trouble.
Two plays later it escaped as McGriff broke through the line and outraced all pursuit 95 yards to score. Jacobson's kick was wide.
Orndorf''s 69-yard kickoff return put the Sabers back in business and Jenkins found Voshell from the 11 to score. Orndorf converted. But that was the Sabres last gasp.
Carey Woods' first pick of the year ended the next Sartell chance and Anderson's 40-yard keeper pushed the ball deep into Sartell territory.
Bemidji stalled and Sartell moved into then Bemidji red zone before time expired.
The Jacks ended with 462 yards offense.
Sartell had 382, 210 on the ground.
Anderson and Greenwaldt followed McGriff with 40 and 36 yards rushing. Hengel caught three passes for 86 and Kingery snared five for 70 as Anderson spread the ball around among five receivers.
Voshell had 81 on three grabs, Orndorf 54 and Lipp 52.
Hengel returned as punter to average 33 yards on six kicks. Bemidji debuted junior Jason Peterson as kickoff specialist in the second half.
The Jacks will close their regular season Oct. 15 at Rocori.