BLACKDUCK - Bagley’s second-half adjustments and Blackduck’s turnovers turned out to be the difference Friday night as the Flyers topped the Drakes 28-20.
At first, the game looked to be all Blackduck (1-4) when senior running back Tanner Depew broke away for a 61-yard touchdown on the first play of the game.
“Tanner’s been doing a good job for us in the backfield,” Blackduck coach Jeff Volk said. “I have to give the offensive line credit, too. They did a heck of a job tonight up front making holes for Tanner to run through, and he’s got that extra gear and if he gets out in the open it’s nice to let him go.”
Depew finished with 17 carries for 201 yards and a touchdown.
It wasn’t until early in the second quarter that Bagley (3-2) answered.
After an intentional grounding penalty had the Flyers at 2nd and 20, a 17-yard pass and a 5-yard run got them the first down and a lot of momentum.
The drive ended with sophomore Jake Ubert punching it in from inside the five yard line, which he would do twice more in the contest.
Bagley coach Brandon Schwegel likes having both Ubert and junior Ben Thoma to carry the ball.
“We’ve really struggled in the red zone,” he said. “And tonight I think both Jake and Ben are very capable of that. Jakey just happened to get the touches tonight.”
The two-point conversion in Ubert’s first touchdown made the score 8-7, and Bagley soon got the ball back after causing a Drakes fumble.
“We turned it over too many times,” Volk said. “We killed ourselves in some drives turning the football over and they took advantage of that.”
The Flyers marched down from their own 28 and Ubert finished again on the same play, making it 14-7 after a failed point after attempt.
Due to Depew’s running game, Blackduck was able to get down in the redzone, and senior Levi Dexter powered it in to tie the game 14-14 after the extra point - where it would stay until the half.
A Ubert three-yard touchdown, a Blackduck fumble and a 25-yard touchdown pass to Walker Cage gave the Flyers a 14-point lead after the first three second-half drives.
That turned out to be enough for Bagley, but Blackduck was able to give them a late scare.
With about 3 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game, the Drakes were at 4th-and-13 from the opposing 39 yard line. Junior quarterback Ike Volk dropped back and fired a deep pass to Logan Adams, who was tackled at the one.
Dexter carried it in again to make it 28-20, Bagley, but the extra point attempt was blocked.
The onside kick attempt was pounced on immediately by the Flyers with just a couple minutes left, and they were able to run the clock out.
Next week, Bagley hosts rivals Fosston while the Drakes host New York Mills. Both games are at 7 p.m. Friday.
Blackduck 7 7 0 6 - 20
Bagley 0 14 14 0 - 28