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Panthers spoil Drakes' Homecoming, 25-14

Blackduck quarterback Lucas Krabbenhoft readies for a snap during their Homecoming game against Cass Lake.1 / 3
Homecoming Queen K'La Sorquist and King candidate Aaron Nissen.2 / 3
Homecoming Queen candidate Hannah Brown and Homecoming King Alex Goodwin.3 / 3

When Blackduck hosted Cass Lake Panthers Sept. 30 for Homecoming, the Drakes showed off their talents by putting the first points on the board, however, the Panthers came back and tied the game. Cass Lake went on to win, 25-14.

"The team played with a lot of emotion of Friday night," said Blackduck Head Coach Jeff Volk. "I think part of it was the fact it was Homecoming, but the guys were really ready to play.

"I know we have the ability to move the ball if we work hard and sustain our blocks. I was very pleased with our effort."

Volk's son, Trey, racked up some impressive stats during the game, rushing for 102 yards in 21 carries. He also caught five passes for a total of 96 yards and was named Offensive Player of the Week in the North Star Conference.

"Trey had a great game running the football as well as receiving and getting yards after the catch. Excellent blocking by our guys up front had a lot to do with that, but Trey is very competitive and he works hard," said Volk.

"Luke (Krabbenhoft) did very well too with 185 yards passing. He has a good arm it seems," said Volk.

According the Coach Volk, Krabbenhoft played his best game to date.

"I thought he did a good job of throwing to the open receiver and when he was in trouble he tucked the ball and ran. There is always room for improvement, but he had a nice game Friday night," he said.

Volk noted that Cass Lake made the plays they needed to on their last drive.

"They got a couple of favorable calls the last drive which hurt us, but they just went out and got the job done," he said.

Blackduck Junior Brad Kusper continues to dominate again this week defensively.

"Brad Kusper has been outstanding defensively for us this year," said Volk. "I'm not surprised as Brad put in a lot of work in the off season with conditioning and lifting weights. Al Goodwin is a rock for us on offense and defense. He comes to play each and every week. Shane Fenske also excelled for us defensively. He didn't have the tackle numbers the other guys did, but he was consistently doing his job and forcing the running plays into the pursuit. He did an excellent job," said Volk.

Goodwin had 12 tackles, Cooper Jedlicka had eight while Fenske and Dylan Dexter each had six.

Blackduck has its work cut out this week as they take on the Pine River Tigers, who are 3-2 on the season.

"We will continue to work at improving in all facets of the game," said Volk. "Doing the little things and eliminating turnovers and penalties goes a long way to being successful. If we continue to improve on those things, the team will be competitive."

Blackduck lost one of its up and coming players, sophomore Riley Miller with a torn ACL and is out for the rest of the season.

"Hopefully he will have a successful rehabilitation and can come back next year," said Volk. "He is a motivated kid and a good ball player for us. We miss him on the defensive side of the ball right now."

Coach Volk was disappointed in the outcome with the loss to Cass Lake but said he was very proud of his football team.

"We played motivated football Friday night and regardless of the outcome, the guys should be proud of the effort they put forth. We continue to improve each week and as a coach, that is high on my list of importance," he said.