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AREA FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Blackduck moves to section semis

For the first time in a long time, the Blackduck football team is moving on.

After snapping a 30-game losing streak earlier this season, the Drakes are moving on to the second round of the playoffs.

Blackduck (6-3) beat Mesabi East 38-0 Tuesday night in Section 7A first-round playoff action.

Their reward? A date with Cook County.

The Vikings (7-1) scored a huge win over Cass Lake-Bena (1-8), topping the Panthers 70-6 in their first round game in Grand Marais.

The Drakes will travel to Grand Marais at 2 p.m. Saturday for their section semifinal game.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 5 seed Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (3-6) will travel to No. 1-seeded Barnum (7-2) for their semifinal matchup.

WHA upset No. 4 seed East Central Tuesday night, winning 19-14. Barnum rolled past No. 8 Ogilvie 50-12 to win their first-round matchup.

In Section 8A action, No. 8 seeded Red Lake (0-5) couldn’t find much offense against Mahnomen (9-0) Class A’s top team. The Indians dominated the Warriors 44-0 to end Red Lake’s season. They’ll take on Warren-Alvarado-Oslo in the semifinals Saturday.

In Section 8-AA, Bagley also bowed out in the first round.

The Flyers (5-4) ran into unbeaten Barnesville (9-0), the state’s No. 3 team in Class AA.

The Flyers lost their Section 8-AA matchup with the Trojans 57-8.


Keliher-Northome and Nevis will be moving on in 9-Man action, but Clearbrook-Gonvick will not.

Keliher (7-2) squeaked out a 28-24 win over North Woods (5-4) in Section7 play. They’ll take on No. 2-seeded Ely (7-2) in the semifinals. The Timberwolves beat Northeast Range 42-20 to advance.

On the other side of the Section 7 bracket, top-seeded Bigfork (7-2) beat Littlefork/Big Falls 60-14, while Chisholm (6-3) defeated Mountain Iron-Buhl 52-22.

Top-seeded Nevis (9-0) had no trouble in its first-round Section 6 matchup with Rothsay (1-8).

Nevis rolled to a 48-6 win and will take on Norman County East in the Section 6 semifinals. Norman County beat Park Christian 14-12.

In Section 8, No. 5 seed Clearbrook (5-4) and No. 4 seed Kittson County Central (6-3) played a defensive battle Tuesday night. Kittson prevailed, topping Clearbrook 7-6 to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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