Peyton Blakeway carries the ball for the Vikings in Pelican Rapids’ Homecoming win Sept. 24.
The Pelican Rapids Viking defense held Parkers Prairie to only eight points in the Homecoming clash Sept. 24. Here, a swarm of Viking-black uniforms smothers Parkers running back Cole Gesell.
Pelican defenders visible here include Jack Kapenga, Brayden Ecker, Nick Haugrud, Jack Paulson, Justin Jacobson, Carter Johnson and Ethan Sjostrom.
The loose ball in this photo was picked up by #33 Jack Kapenga, who ran it in for a touchdown, right.
The loose ball in this photo was picked up by #33 Jack Kapenga, who ran it in for a touchdown, right.
Brayden Ecker with the ball for Pelican.
Quarterbacking for Pelican, with Tim Guler out with an injury, Luke Sjolie throws a pass under pressure from Parkers Prairie. Viking blocker Hayden Hart is at left
Viking Ethan Sjostrom takes down Parkers Prairie’s Ryder Ashbaugh
Nick Haugrud on a tackle,

Defense forces turnovers; Johnson leads Vikings with 108 yards in 28-8 win

The Pelican Rapids Vikings won 28-8 over Parkers Prairie to earn a homecoming victory for the Vikings. 

The Vikings were able to capitalize on turnovers as they forced Parkers Prairie into two fumbles and two interceptions. The Vikings also relied on a strong rushing attack as they outgained the Panthers 172-60 on the ground. 

The Viking offense started slow, but their defense held strong as there was no scoring until the 2nd quarter when Carter Johnson sprinted for a 9-yard touchdown. Johnson proved to be the most dynamic player on the field, leading all players with 3 touchdowns and 108 yards from scrimmage by gaining 96 rushing yards and 12 receiving yards. 

After the first touchdown, both defenses held strong as it appeared there would be little scoring on the night. The Vikings were able to score again before halftime, taking a 14-0 lead into the break. The second half also started slowly as no teams scored until the 4th quarter. While the Viking offense relied on Johnson’s running, their scoring was aided by the defense as Jack Kapenga was able to strip the ball away from a Parkers Prairie runner and return it all for a touchdown to put the Vikings up 28-0. 

The Panthers were able to score once as the final settled on a 28-8 win for the Vikings. 

Carter Johnson also led the Vikings on defense as he collected 7 tackles, including 1 tackle for loss. 

The Viking defense saw some new faces stepping up as Ethan Sjostrom and Channing Russman also gathered 5 and 4 tackles apiece. 

Defensive lineman Ian Fahje collected 1 sack on the Panthers quarterback while Nick Haugrud and Justin Jacobson combine for one more. 

Jack Paulson and Luke Sjolie came up with more big plays for the Vikings as they each intercepted passes by the Parkers Prairie quarterback. 

The Vikings move to 3-1 on the year.       

Pelican gridders in Battle Lake Oct. 1
The Pelican Rapids Vikings next game is away, in Battle Lake on Friday, October 1, as Pelican travels to take on the Otter Tail County Central Bulldogs.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF RACHEL ZIEBELL and
LOUIS HOGLUND