PREP FOOTBALL: Hatfield runs for 4 TDs as Bemidji wins 46-26
BEMIDJI - After a slow start, senior running back Logan Hatfield got the Bemidji High School football team going as the Lumberjacks beat Sauk Rapids-Rice 46-26 Friday night at Chet Anderson Stadium.
BEMIDJI – After a slow start, senior running back Logan Hatfield got the Bemidji High School football team going as the Lumberjacks beat Sauk Rapids-Rice 46-26 Friday night at Chet Anderson Stadium.
The Lumberjacks (1-1) went into the second quarter down 8-0 after the Storm (1-1) controlled the ball for most of the first quarter. But Bemidji’s offense got rolling in the second quarter.
“This isn’t a team that’s going to panic down 8-0,” head coach Troy Hendricks said. “We started making plays on offense and defense started playing better. We started to control the line of scrimmage.”
In the second frame, the Lumberjacks turned to senior quarterback Jalin Rose after he and junior Jonah Muller split the two drives of the first quarter without much success.
Rose pitched to to junior running back Travis Golden, who took it 25-yards to midfield. From there the running game drove the Jacks down to the Storm 2-yard line, where Hatfield punched it in to make it an 8-6 game with 11:38 to go in the first half.
Rose found receiver Grant Kapaun on the next drive for a 22-yard reception to get to the Sauk Rapids-Rice 18-yard line. Rose finished the job from there and ran in for an 18-yard touchdown to give the Lumberjacks a 13-8 lead.
“It finally felt like we had some momentum on offense,” Hendricks said. “Once things started to click the kids started to make plays and I think that starts on the offensive line.
The Storm started to die in the second quarter, as BHS senior Jens Huseby blocked a punt which led to the second of Hatfield’s four touchdowns on the night.
Hatfield finished the game with 203 yards rushing and his four scores as he ran through the Storm’s defense all night
“I’m feeling great right now,” Hatfield said. “I’m just glad we got that first win. (The offensive line) got off the line really well and made some really big holes up front and that helped a lot.”
Handing the ball off to Hatfield on the night was a quarterback tandem of Rose and Muller.
The two quarterbacks showed off what they could do in the air and on the ground as Rose ran for 54 yards and a touchdown while going 3-for-6 passing for 40 yards and a 14-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Alex Vollen.
Muller rushed for 11-yards with a score while going 3-for-7 passing for 47 yards.
“I was really proud of both (quarterbacks),” Hendricks said. “When given the opportunity to play they made the most of their opportunities. That’s all you can ask for.”
The Storm’s quarterback play wasn’t too bad, either, as both made their presence felt through the air.
Matt Johnson started the game and went 8-for-14 passing for 151 yards including a 60-yard touchdown in the third quarter to Dylan Keller.
Gage Dooley came in for Sauk Rapids-Rice in the fourth quarter and found Nate Waldorf for an 82-yard touchdown to make it a 46-26 game.
Bemidji will look to go above .500 for the first time this season at 7 p.m. next Friday when it plays St. Cloud Tech on the campus of St. John’s University.
“We need to be better at our pass defense and we need to tackle a little better,” Hendricks said. “Special teams wise we need to improve. I thought our punt team did better, however we didn’t do it a lot, which is good. We didn’t kick the ball of as well as I would like but Lineas (Whiting) is so green.”
Bemidji 46, Sauk Rapids-Rice 26
SRR 8 6 6 6 - 26
BEM 0 26 13 7 - 46
First Quarter – 6-yard TOUCHDOWN run SRR (Keske), 2PT CONV GOOD (Johnson-Thelen). 8-0 3:19 SRR.
Second Quarter – 2-yard TOUCHDOWN run BEM (Hatfield), 2PT CONV NO GOOD. 8-6 11:38 SRR; 18-yard TOUCHDOWN run BEM (Rose), PAT GOOD (Whiting). 13-8 8:36 BEM; 9-yard TOUCHDOWN run (Hatfield), PAT GOOD (Whiting). 20-8 5:55 BEM; 1-yard TOUCHDOWN run SRR (Johnson), PAT NO GOOD (Waldorf). 20-14 2:09 BEM; 6-yd TOUCHDOWN run BEM (Muller), PAT NO GOOD (Whiting). 26-14 00:44 BEM.
Third Quarter – 12-yard TOUCHDOWN pass BEM (Rose-Vollen), 2PT CONV NO GOOD. 32-14 7:12 BEM; 1-yard TOUCHDOWN run BEM (Hatfield), PAT GOOD (Whiting). 39-14 3:33 BEM; 60-yard TOUCHDOWN pass SRR (Johnson-Keller) PAT NO GOOD (Waldorf). 39-20 1:04 BEM.
Fourth Quarter – 10-yard TOUCHDOWN run BEM (Hatfield), PAT GOOD (Whiting). 46-20 8:56 BEM; 82-yard TOUCHDOWN pass SRR (Dooley-Waldorf), 2PT CONV NO GOOD. 46-26 4:11 BEM.