Second-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton scored 28 points in less than eight minutes of the second quarter to beat fourth-seeded Pequot Lakes 28-0 in the Section 8AAA football championship game on Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Fargodome.
The Rebels, 8-2 overall after their fifth straight win, advanced to face New London-Spicer in the Class AAA quarterfinals while the Patriots end the season 5-6 overall.
D-G-F’s big second-quarter was sparked by the running of Chad Johnson, who rushed for most of his 142 yards and a touchdown and Brandon Wayne with a pair of scoring runs.
“DGF is an all-around tough team,” Patriots coach Chip Lohmiller said. “Their blocking is phenomenal. Their runners keep their heads down. We also made some mistakes.”
Mistakes led to two of the scores. Pequot Lakes quarterback C.J. Borleis was intercepted by Alex Mathews at the Patriots’ 39-yard line in the opening minutes of the second quarter. The Rebels moved the ball and eventually scored on Wayne’s 10-yard run. The extra point kick missed but D-G-F led 6-0.
On Pequot Lakes’ next possession, Borleis was again intercepted at the PL 39. On the first play, Johnson ran to the outside and into the end zone for a touchdown. The successful conversion run made it 14-0.
The Patriots were forced to punt on their next possession. The next D-G-F score was set up by Johnson’s 73-yard run to inside the PL 10 with 3:20 left in the quarter. Two plays later, the Rebels scored on a five-yard run by Wayne with 2:39 left in the period. The conversion kick was blocked by Chris Westman and it was 20-0.
Pequot Lakes was again forced to punt in the final seconds of the quarter, and the kick was partially blocked and the Rebels had possession at the PL 20 with 1:03 left in the half. The Patriots intercepted a pass near the goal line, but D-G-F regained possession after a roughing the passer penalty. Two plays later, quarterback Zach Nelson passed to Alex Fuchs in the end zone for a 15-yard score with six seconds left before intermission. Anderson carried for the two-point conversion and the Rebels had a 28-0 lead.
The Patriots were facing a large halftime deficit, although they did overcome a 26-0 deficit late in the third period and rallied to beat top-seeded Park Rapids 34-26 in the section semifinals.
“We really didn’t think about the last game, we just wanted to try and get the momentum back,” Pequot Lakes senior Tyler Tappe said of the halftime break. “Everyone played hard. We just didn’t get anything going, and as the clock goes on it becomes harder (to rally).”
The Patriots were forced to punt to open the second half, and then D-G-F used the clock to its advantage with a drive lasting more than eight minutes. The Rebels moved into Pequot Lakes’ territory, but the drive ended on fourth down at the PL 33. The Patriots moved the ball to midfield in the final minute of the third period. But that drive again stalled after a failed fourth-down play.
D-G-F put together another drive that lasted about seven minutes of the fourth quarter, which cancelled any chance of a Patriot comeback.
The Rebels finished with 330 yards, mostly on the ground, while Pequot Lakes managed 130.
“They disguised their pass coverage well,” Lohmiller said. “We just couldn’t get in a groove. We were just trying to establish a drive.”
Pequot Lakes 0 0 0 0 – 0
Dilworth-G-F 0 28 0 0 – 28
DGF-Brandon Wayne 10 run (kick fails) 7:59
DGF-Chad Johnson 39 run (Joe Flatt run) 7:41
DGF-Wayne 5 run (kick blocked) 2:39
DGF-Alex Fuchs 15 pass from Zack Nelson (Johnson run) 0:06
Rushes-yards: PL 75, DGF 275
Pass comp-att-int-yds: PL 6-16-2-55, DGF 2-6-0-55
Total offense: PL 130, DGF 330
Rushing: PL-Tyler Tappe 14-53, Shae Zeidler 2-33; DGF-Chad Johnson 16-142, Flatt 12-69, Wayne 12-46, Seth Jacobson 4-15
Passing: PL-C.J. Borleis 6-15-55; DGF-Zack Nelson 2-7-55
Receiving: PL-Connor Davich 2-21, Justin Mackenthun 2-4, Travis Jacobson 1-17, Kyle Sellner 1-12; DGF-Fuchs 2-55