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Bagley, Blackduck post football victories

FOSSTON – Kyler LaVine raced 46 yards on the first offensive play and the Flyers football team went on to demolish Fosston 51-0 Friday.

About 40 miles to the east Blackduck was also enjoying success on the gridiron as the Drakes stopped a very good Pine River team 18-12.

“It was a great team effort,” said Bagley coach Brandon Schwegel. “Our guys were prepared for the elements and played as sharp as we possibly could have.”

The mental and physical approach was demonstrated by the special teams players. Senior Aaron Leintz drilled six of seven extra point kicks and added a 24-yard field goal despite horrible weather which included rain, cold and wind.

“I was extremely pleased with our special teams, from our snapper Jake Skansberg, holder Zach Thoma and Aaron our kicker,” the coach said.

“Our protection and coverage teams also were excellent. It is a testament to their efforts in practice,” Schwegel added.

LaVine carried 11 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns. Thoma, the quarterback, threw for a pair of scores and ran for another. Luke Thompson had three catches for 29 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Logan Thorson found the end zone on a 3-yard carry.

Bagley, 3-3, visits Walker-Hackensack-Akeley this Friday.

At Blackduck the players battled two inches of wet snow and a steady wind.

Pine River handled the elements better early in the game and raced to a 12-0 lead.

Blackduck scored late in the second quarter on a run by Trey Volk to gain momentum and trail only 12-6 at intermission.

“And our guys played an excellent second half,” said Drakes coach Jeff Volk. “We shut down our opponent and scored twice ourselves.

“We wore Pine River down in the second half. We got a great push from our offensive line and our running backs started getting to the second level where they could make plays,” Volk added.

Trey Volk carried 31 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Cooper Jedlicka ran 18 times for 47 yards.

Defensively Brad Kusper had 13 tackles and Shane Fenske 11 stops. Zach Jones added an interception.

“Defensively we did a much better job of closing the holes and making good tackles in the second half,” the coach said. “I can’t say enough about the guys. They fought through the early deficit and continued to work hard. They played with a lot of pride and a lot of heart.”

The Drakes, who have won four games after starting 0-2, visit Red Lake County Central on Friday. On Oct. 17 they will close the regular season at Bagley.

In other football action last week Kelliher-Northome improved to 5-1 with a 20-0 win over Wrenshall and Cass Lake-Bena fell to 0-6 with a 47-14 loss at Pillager.

The Panthers travel to Lake of the Woods this week while K-N hosts Remer.


Cass Lake-Bena defeated Indus 25-10, 25-11, 25-6 but lost to Clearbrook-Gonvick 25-12, 25-21, 25-16 last week.

Justine Jourdain had six kills against Indus while Janelle Peacock and Brandi Dahmen had five. Dahmen also dished 15 assists. Kit Rousu served nine aces and Jourdain and Sheila DeVault had four.

Miranda Richards and DeVault contributed three digs.

In the loss to C-G Tia Dahmen had three kills and Brandi Dahmen eight assists.

The Panthers (5-10) played at Red Lake Monday and today they host Blackduck.

Bagley entered the victory column last Thursday with a 25-10, 10-25, 25-21, 25-23 win at Waubun.

Also last week Bagley (1-16) lost 25-15, 25-13, 25-17 to Fertile-Beltrami. Kari Skersick finished with nine kills and eight digs, Jasmin Nelson had four kills and Jaysa Pemberton 12 digs and eight assists. Riley Thoma added 14 assists and Sam Olson six kills.

The Flyers host Norman County East today and visit Ada-Borup Thursday.

Kelliher-Northome lost 3-1 to WHA, Blackduck defeated Red Lake 3-1 but dropped a 25-16, 25-11, 25-12 decision to Pine River and Laporte lost to Nevis and Hill City in straight sets.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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