The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots football team edged Crookston 14-13 in two overtimes in Heart ‘O Lakes Conference action on Friday, Oct. 4.
After a scoreless first half played in a light rain and steady wind, the Patriots spotted the Pirates a 7-0 lead in the third quarter, but they answered with a touchdown of their own. On fourth-and-16 from the Pirates’ 22, quarterback C.J. Borleis scampered to the end zone on a broken play, and he kicked the extra point for a 7-7 tie.
The game was still tied after neither team scored in the first overtime. The Patriots scored first in the second overtime on Tyler Tappe’s one-yard run and Borleis kicked for the extra point. The Pirates then scored on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Hollcraft to fullback Parker Edema, but the kick for the point to tie it appeared to be partially blocked and the Patriots had a thrilling win.
“Both defenses played tough in the overtime,” said Pequot Lakes coach Chip Lohmiller, whose team improves to 2-3 in the conference and 3-3 overall. “We had second-down-and-inches, and couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.
“In the second overtime, our offense took charge and we scored off tackle. Our defense again stepped up, but they scored on fourth-and-four.”
Lohmiller said a key play was C.J. Borleis’ extra-point kick for the winning point in the second overtime.
“Our (point-after-touchdown) team did a great job blocking, with a good snap from (Travis) Jacobson and a good hold by (Joel) Ebnet,” he said.
The Patriots had an early opportunity to score when on the Pirates’ second play the ball was knocked loose and Travis Jacobson recovered at the Crookston 28. However, the Patriots would fail to capitalize after a penalty and a couple of quarterback sacks before they would turn it over on downs at the Crookston 43.
The teams didn’t have good scoring opportunities in the opening quarter, but a highlight early in the second period was a 68-yard punt by Hulst. After the two teams had traded punts Crookston did get a couple of first downs, but Chad Christianson picked off a pass to end one threat and keep the half scoreless.
The Pirates did strike quickly to open the second half after grabbing a turnover at the Patriots’ 11. On the next play, Bergerson went up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown. Joey Koenig kicked the point for a 7-0 lead just 1:01 into the third quarter.
The teams traded possessions, and Pequot Lakes eventually had the ball at the Crookston 47 with 6:24 left in the third quarter after a punt was partially blocked by Ebnet. The Patriots moved for a couple of first downs behind the running of Tappe to reach the Crookston 12. Pequot Lakes ended up back at the 22-yard-line facing a fourth-and-16. That’s when Borleis shed a couple of tackles for the touchdown, and after he kicked the point the Patriots had tied it at 7-7 with 1:02 left in the third.
The Patriots took over on downs at their 29 early in the fourth quarter. It looked like Pequot Lakes might score when a sustained drive, featuring Tappe carrying the ball along with an 18-yard pass from Borleis to Mackenthun, moved the visitors to the Crookston 18. But the Patriots turned the ball over on downs with 4:01 left after three incomplete passes and a loss of two yards on a run.
Crookston had the ball to start the first overtime as both teams had four plays starting at the opponent’s 10-yard line. After Hollcraft had passed to Porter at two-yard line, the Patriots’ defense came up big as on second down Christianson, Chris Westman and Henry Leidl stopped Bergerson to no-gain and on the next play Hollcraft ran a keeper for no gain.
The Pirates then tried a field goal only to have Connor Davich block the kick.
Pequot Lakes could win the game with a score. However, after the Patriots moved the ball to the one on the three runs by Tappe. But a quarterback keeper by Borleis was stopped, and the game went to the second overtime.
Pequot Lakes scored on three plays as after an incomplete pass Tappe carried it to the one and on the next play he scored. Borleis kicked the point to give the Patriots a 14-7 lead.
The Pirates had their turn on offense. After one run and a Crookston penalty Hollcraft passed to Epema for the score, but lady luck was on the Patriots’ side when the kick by Koenig was wide to the right and Pequot Lakes had a 14-13 win.
“Defensively, we played a very solid game,” Lohmiller said, “but now we have a tough game this week against Hawley, who were just beaten by Breckenridge 7-6.”
The Patriots host Class AA third-ranked Hawley at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. Pequot Lakes then hosts Detroit Lakes, which is ranked No. 4 in the Class AAAA polls, on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Pequot Lakes 0 0 7 0 0 7 — 14
Crookston 0 0 7 0 0 6 — 13
C-Blake Bergeron 11 run (Joey Koenig kick), 10:59
PL-C.J. Borleis 22 run (C.J. Borleis kick), 1:02
PL-Tyler Tappe 1 run (Borleis kick)
C-Parker Epema 11 pass from Aaron Hollcraft (kick failed)
Rushes-yards: PL 49-139, Crookston 113
Pass comp-attempt-yards: PL 3-8-37, Crookston 44
Total offense: PL 176, Crookston 157
Rushing: PL, Shae Ziedler 16-78, Tyler Tappe 18-75, Justin Mackenthun 6-4
Passing: PL, C.J. Borleis 3-8-37
Receiving: PL, Mackenthun 2-28, Alex Tangen 1-9