The scoreboard tells the story, as the Pelican Rapids High School Vikings fell to the Barnesville Trojans Nov. 1 at the Fargodome. Undefeated, Barnesville overpowered the Vikes--but hometown Pelican fans faithfully supported the team--which was playing for its first Section title since 2010.

The Vikings are pictured shaking hands with Barnesville players, under the bright lights and immense scoreboard at the Fargodome--where the final story of the game is told in bold numbers.
The Pelican Rapids-Barnesville rivalry is historic--and over the past several years--all Barnesville, as far as football. But good sportsmanship prevails, as reflected in this photo Barnesville Trojan #3 Jackson Wahl, with a pat on the back from Logan Fahje. Other Pelican players visible include #33 Alex Lynnes, #83 Hunter Williams, and #64 Hayden Hart.
The Pelican Rapids Vikings take the field at the Fargodome, with hometown fans in the background.
Vikings chased Barnesville all night Nov. 1, as evidenced in this photo--with Alex Lynnes, in flight, as he tries to take down Barnesville’s Cameron Heng.
Viking quarterback McHale Korf gets a pass off, despite heavy pressure from Barnesville defenders Brady Kroll and Connor Morse.
Johnny Ziebell returning a kickoff.
Ismael Mejia carrying the ball for the Vikings.
Younger Viking players had an opportunity to get some experience on the field, in the second half of the lopsided loss to Barnesville.
Visible here: #4 freshman back-up quarterback Peyton Blakeway carrying the ball; also #7 Alex Carlson and #63 Bryce Seiple.
Jayden Rutherford, pushed out of bounds by a Barnesville defender
Feshman #22 Carter Johnson steps into the Fargodome end zone for a two-point conversion--one of Pelican’s few scoring episodes against the staunch Barnesville defense. At right, #25 Carson McNeal blocking.
Viking reserve players saw action during much of the second half. Barnesville, with a commanding lead, also put in its reserves.
Viking defenders visible here, taking down a Barnesville ball carrier, # 64 Hayden Hart, #8 McHale Korf, #63 Bryce Seiple, #54 Chase Restad and #4 Peyton Blakeway with a tight grip for the tackle.
Barnesville players receive the Section championship plaque after the game Nov. 1. Background, Pelican Rapids Vikings look on.
These fans are from the Pelican Rapids High School band. Note the 2019 Pep Band t-shirt: “Parental Advisory: Loud Content.”
These young fans, Ean Bakken and Treyd Dokken, reflect the deflated Viking spirit, as Barnesville piled on the points on the way to a 65-14 Trojan win.
Pelican Rapids sports trainer Nathan Clark, Essentia Health, had a busy night checking over Viking players. Jayden Rutherford, with head in hands, was knocked out of the game due to a possible concussion. Clark also gave Logan Fahje, standing above, and at left, a close look. Johnny Ziebell also sustained a hard hit that left him sprawled on the Fargodome turf, but was apparently un-injured.
Pelican Rapids sports trainer Nathan Clark, Essentia Health, had a busy night checking over Viking players. Jayden Rutherford, with head in hands, was knocked out of the game due to a possible concussion. Clark also gave Logan Fahje, standing above, and at left, a close look. Johnny Ziebell also sustained a hard hit that left him sprawled on the Fargodome turf, but was apparently un-injured.

Pelican plays for Section title; first time since 2010

The Pelican Rapids Vikings advanced to the Section 8AA Championship football game with a thrilling win against the Frazee Hornets.  

The championship game against the Barnesville Trojans ended up not having the same excitement or the same exciting result.  

The Vikings fell behind early and were never able to generate enough offense or good enough defense to mount a rally.  

The Trojans scored on the opening possession and never let up.

The Pelican Rapids offense wasn’t able to produce a first down and an errant punt snap resulted in a safety for Barnesville.  

On the ensuing possession the Trojans struck quickly with a 44 yard touchdown run and had quickly built a 16 point lead just over half way into the first quarter.  

“The first quarter was really a disaster for us.  We were able to make a couple of good plays on offense but not maintain the success,” said Coach Dave Haugen. “Defensively was a similar story as we had decent plays but nothing close to forcing a punt and getting the ball back for our offense.” 

Barnesville was able to pull away in the first quarter for a 30-0 lead.

The first half highlight for Pelican Rapids was a pass interception by Junior linebacker Johnny Ziebell.  Other than that play the second quarter belonged to  Barnesville as they built the lead to 51-0 at halftime.  

“It doesn’t really look like it based on the score, but I felt our kids played hard and kept battling against a very good opponent,” said Coach Dave Haugen. 

The second half found both teams getting into the endzone twice.  

The first touchdown of the game for Pelican Rapids came on a 4 yard run by Johnny Ziebell.  Midway through the fourth quarter Ziebell found the endzone again.  This time with a 3 yard run.  The two point conversion run by Carter Johnson was good.  Barnesville came back with one last touchdown bringing the final score to 65-14 in favor of the Trojans.  

“Obviously we would have liked to have more success in this game, but we’re not going to let this game overshadow all the good things that this team accomplished throughout the season,” said Coach Haugen.  

The Vikings end the season with a 7-4 record.

PR Offensive Stats vs Barnesville

Rushing: 

McHale Korf 17-67 yds

Johnny Ziebell 19-63 yds, 2 TD

Carter Johnson 5-35 yds

Jayden Rutherford 5-31 yds

Passing:

McHale Korf 3-9-48 yds, 0 TD, 1 Int

Receiving:

Hunter Williams 1-32 yds

Logan Fahje 1-14 yds

Johnny Ziebell 1-2 yds

PR Defensive Stats:

Johnny Ziebell 6 tackles, 1 Int

Alex Lynnes 5 tackles

Carson McNeal 4 tackles

Logan Fahje 4 tackles

  PHOTOS COURTESY RACHEL ZIEBELL AND LOUIS HOGLUND