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
McHale Korf 17-67 yds
Johnny Ziebell 19-63 yds, 2 TD
Carter Johnson 5-35 yds
Jayden Rutherford 5-31 yds
McHale Korf 3-9-48 yds, 0 TD, 1 Int
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