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Minnesota high school football coach reaches 400-win milestone

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Verndale head coach Mike Mahlen coaches from the Verndale sideline during a game this season against Bertha-Hewitt. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

ROTHSAY, Minn. — Verndale's Mike Mahlen reached a Minnesota milestone on Wednesday night by winning his 400th game.

Gideon Ervasti ran for three touchdowns in a record-setting night for his head coach as nine-man’s 10th-ranked Verndale Pirates defeated Rothsay 44-6.

Mahlen, who has coached for 51 years, is the all-time winningest high school football coach in the state. He has a 400-123-3 career record.

He played collegiately at Mayville (N.D.) State.

Brainerd's Ron Stolski has 388 career wins in 58 seasons.

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