Hermantown scored all of its points in the second quarter Friday to deny a plucky Duluth Denfeld team 24-14 on Friday night, Sept. 24, 2021, at Public Schools Stadium.
The 24-point burst came from three touchdowns and a field goal. Gavin Blomdahl got the scoring started with a 5-yard rushing TD before Michael Lau hit Kevin Couillard (17 yards) and Peyton Menzel (41) with touchdown passes. Couilliard mixed in a 35-yard field goal for the rare catching/kicking scoring combo.
Denfeld, which had been outscored 115-12 in three losses to open the season, fought the Hawks to a draw in the first and third frames, and made a push of its own in the fourth. Carter Kilroy put the Hunters on the board with his 6-yard TD run, and Dashaun Moore followed by scoring from 7 yards out.
Denfeld (0-4, 0-3 Northeast Red) is at Aitkin next Friday. Hermantown (3-1, 3-0) hosts Cloquet.
Duluth Denfeld 0-0-0-14--14
H - Gavin Blomdahl 5 run (Kevin Couillard kick)
H - Couillard 17 pass from Michael Lau (Couillard kick)
H - Couillard FG 35
H - Peyton Menzel 41 pass from Lau (Couillard kick)
D - Carter Kilroy 6 run (conversion failed)
D - Dashaun Moore 7 run (Dom Brennan pass from Kaden Postal)
Esko 36, Pine City 0
A pair of touchdown catches by Carter Zezulka helped Esko grind down Pine City for a road shutout Friday in Northeast White play.
The Eskomos (4-0, 3-0 Northeast White) were up 8-0 after a Makoi Perich 3-yard touchdown run but a bid to extend the lead was foiled by a stop on 1st-and-goal at the 1, followed by a fumble on second down late in the second quarter. However, the Dragons turned the ball over a couple plays later, and Ty Christensen had time to find Zezulka on a 20-yard touchdown play just before the break.
Zezulka added a second score from 37 yards midway through the third quarter, and touchdown runs from Nolan Witt and Joey Antonutti broke the game open.
Esko, which held the Dragons to 66 rushing yards, hosts Two Harbors next Friday.
Esko 8 7 14 7 -- 36
Pine City 0 0 0 0 -- 0
E - Koi Perich 3 run (conversion run successful)
E - Carter Zezulka 20 pass from Ty Christensen (kick good)
E - Zezulka 37 pass from Christensen (kick good)
E - Nolan Witt 77 run (kick good)
E - Joey Antonutti 12 run (kick good)
Two Harbors 32, Mora 6
Two Harbors spread the ball around, getting five touchdowns from four runners in a confident Northeast White win over Mora on Friday.
Jake Marxhausen was the only one with two scores, including the shortest (from 1 yard out) and the longest (from 53). In between, Alec Churness, Deacon Bark and Kyler Pikanen found the end zone as the Agates ran their record to 3-1 (1-1 Northeast White).
Two Harbors 14-6-6-6--32
TH-Jake Marxhausen 1 run (Caleb Waldron kick)
TH-Alec Churness 17 run (Waldron kick)
TH-Marxhausen 53 run (kick failed)
M-Conner Gmahl 5 run (run failed)
TH-Deacon Bark 9 run (kick failed)
TH-Kyler Pitkanen 4 run (kick failed)
Mesabi East 6, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 0
Mesabi East's defense picked up the slack for its offense on Friday, as Jack Ribich's 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter proved to be the game's only points in a defensive struggle in Aurora.
Ribich ran for 111 yards on 16 carries. The Giants are scheduled for a meeting of unbeatens next Friday night vs. Moose Lake-Willow River.
G/N-K 0 0 0 0 - 0
M. East 0 6 0 0 - 6
ME — Jack Ribich 5 run
North Woods 28, Barnum 14
T.J. Chiabotti rushed 30 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns and added two receptions for 30 yards and another score to lead the Grizzlies to the Northeast Silver home win.
Chiabotti added an extra point as he scored 20 points on the day.
Ethan Byram had eight tackles and quarterback sack and two tackles for loss while Jonah Burnett also had eight tackles for North Woods (2-2, 2-1).
Willie Richardson had a 9-yard touchdown run and a 25-yard touchdown reception to lead Barnum (2-2, 2-1).
North Woods 0-8-6-14—28
NW — T.J. Chiabotti 14 pass from Ty Fabish (Jared Chiabotti pass from Fabish)
NW — J. Chiabotti 70 kickoff return (pass failed)
B — Willie Richardson 9 run (J.J. Stevens pass from Hayden Charbone)
NW — T.J. Chiabotti 15 run (T.J. Chiabotti run)
NW — T.J. Chiabotti 38 run (run failed)
B — Richardson 25 pass from Charbone (run failed)
Hill City/Northland 34, Silver Bay 15
Silver Bay's second-half comeback bid had an exciting start but a quick short-circuit on Friday in a 9-Man North/South loss.
With the Mariners trailing 14-0 at halftime, Silver Bay's Jake Stadler returned the second-half kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown. Jacob Carpenter tacked on the conversion run to make it a seven-point game, but not for long, as Taylor Wagner returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the house for the visitors.
Carter Ammerman scored three times on the ground for the Hornets (3-1, 3-0). Carpenter had a consolation touchdown late for the Mariners (1-2, 1-1), who are at Carlton-Wrenshall next Friday.
HC/Northland 8 6 20 0 -- 34
Silver Bay 0 0 8 7 -- 15
HC - Carter Ammerman 3 run (conversion good)
HC - Nolan Carlson 4 run (conversion failed)
SB - Jake Stadler 70 kickoff return (Jacob Carpenter run)
HC - Taylor Wagner 90 kickoff return (conversion failed)
HC - Ammerman 3 run (conversion failed)
HC - Ammerman 30 run (conversion good)
SB - Carpenter 8 run (Elijah Blanck kick)
North Branch 38, Rock Ridge 20
A night of explosive plays from Rock Ridge's Gavin Dahl wasn't enough to overcome the grinding ground game of North Branch's Ashton LaBelle Friday in Eveleth.
LaBelle scored from 3, 1, and 8 yards for the Vikings, who never trailed.
Dahl scored on a 58-yard catch-and-run from Griffin Dosan in the second quarter, then returned a kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown in the fourth.
Dosan added a touchdown run for the Wolverines (2-2, 1-1 Northeast Red), who are at Duluth East next Friday. North Branch hosts Grand Rapids.
North Branch 0 22 8 8 -- 38
Rock Ridge 0 14 0 6 -- 20
NB - Ashton LaBelle 3 run (LaBelle run)
NB - Loghan Croal run (Croal run)
RR - Griffin Dosan 7 run (conversion failed)
NB - LaBelle 1 run (conversion failed)
RR - Gavin Dahl 58 pass from Dosan (Dahl pass from Dosan)
NB - LaBelle 8 run (Ryan Oday run)
RR - Gavin Dahl 73 kickoff return (pass failed)
NB - Sam Sonnek 6 run (conversion good)
South Ridge 32, Cromwell-Wright 12
South Ridge got its first win of the season, getting two touchdown runs from Trevor Miller to knock off the Cardinals Friday in Culver.
Jaxon Bennett scored a touchdown and three different two-point conversion plays for Panthers (1-2, 1-1 Nine-Man North/South).
Travis Young scored on two short runs for Cromwell-Wright.
Cromwell-Wright 0 0 0 12 - 12
South Ridge 0 8 8 16 - 32
SR - Trevor Miller 1 run (Jaxon Bennett run)
SR - Aydin Archambeault 6 run (Aaron Bennett run)
CW - Travis Young 1 run (pass failed)
SR - J. Bennett 15 run (J. Bennett pass from A. Bennett)
CW - Young 5 run (pass failed)
SR - Trevor Miller 34 run (J. Bennett pass from A. Bennett)
Eau Claire Memorial 12, Superior 9
Grand Rapids 43, Hibbing 0
Proctor 3, Duluth Marshall 0
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