Superior tops Hudson on Mehlum's 5 TD passes

News Tribune Superior quarterback Nick Mehlum threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns to lead Superior to a 35-28 victory over third-ranked Hudson in its Big Rivers Conference opener Friday at Spartan Sports Complex. Nick Holm tied the game at 28...

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Superior quarterback Nick Mehlum threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns to lead Superior to a 35-28 victory over third-ranked Hudson in its Big Rivers Conference opener Friday at Spartan Sports Complex.

Nick Holm tied the game at 28 for Hudson with a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:05 remaining in the third quarter. Mehlum responded with a 55-yard touchdown throw to Beau Girard with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game to give the lead back to Superior (2-1, 1-0).

Dayton Diemel rushed for 127 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns to lead Hudson.



Husdon........................ 14-7-7-0-28

Superior...................... 7-14-7-7-35

H - Dayton Diemel 11 run (Kristian Bell kick)

S - Jake Libal  38 pass from Nick Mehlum (McKenzie Schwarz kick)

H - Braden Marvin 5 run (Bell kick)

S - Beau Girard 8 pass from Mehlum (Schwarz kick)

H - Diemel 5 run (Bell kick)

S - Grant Hanson 7 pass from Mehlum (Schwarz kick)


S - Libal 94 pass from Mehlum (Schwarz kick)

H - Nick Holm 2 run (Bell kick)

S - Girard 55 pass from Mehlum (Schwarz kick)

Cloquet 45, International Falls 0

Zach Gerlach ran for two touchdowns and returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown as the visiting Lumberjacks cruised to the Sea-Range Conference shutout.

Gerlach opened the scoring with a 9-yard run and closed the first-half scoring with a 43-yard jaunt before running back the second-half kick for Cloquet (2-0, 1-0).


Cloquet.................... 14-14-7-10-45


Int’l Falls......................... 0-0-0-0-0

C - Zach Gerlach 9 run (Nick Niemi kick)

C - Gerlach 67 pass from Nate Weets (Niemi kick)

C - Kyle Klatt 1 run (Niemi kick)

C - Gerlach 43 run (Niemi kick)

C - Gerlach 75 kickoff return (Niemi kick)

C - Niemi 27 field goal

C - Christian Pritchett 13 run (Niemi kick)


Duluth Marshall 34, Ogilvie 0

Jeremy Stephan ran in a 56-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Joe Hansen ran 65 yards for a TD in the third quarter to lead the host Hilltoppers to a nonconference victory.

Hansen’s first rushing touchdown came in the second quarter to put Marshall ahead 14-0.

Cullen Mudrak ran in a 3-yard TD in the second quarter, then scored again from 6-yards out and ran in the ensuing two-point conversion for a 28-0 Marshall lead.


Ogilvie............................. 0-0-0-0-0

Duluth Marshall........ 7-13-14-0-34

DM - Jeremy Stephan 56 run (Jordan Fralich kick)


DM - Jon Hansen 4 run (Fralich kick)

DM - Cullen Mudrak 3 run (kick failed)

DM - Mudrak 6 run (Mudrak conversion)

DM - Jon Hansen 65 run (kick failed)

Cambridge-Isanti 44,
Duluth East 0

Senior quarterback John Solberg ran for four touchdowns and hit Evan Dunbar for a 32-yard TD pass and the host Bluejackets handed the Greyhounds their second straight shutout loss in the Mississippi 8 Conference game.

East fell behind 20-0 in the first quarter, with senior running back Eli Iglesias rushing 69 yards for the first of six Bluejackets touchdowns.

Jake Dubla, a sophomore linebacker, led the Greyhounds with 16 tackles.



Duluth East...................... 0-0-0-0-0

Cambridge-Isanti.... 20-10-14-0-44

CI - Eli Iglesias 69 run (Josh Samsa kick)

CI - John Solberg 11 run (Samsa kick)

CI - Solberg 3 run (kick failed)

CI - Samsa 32 field goal

CI - Solberg 6 run (Samsa kick)

CI - Solberg 23 run (Samsa kick)

CI - Evan Dunbar 32 pass from Solberg (Samsa kick)

East Central 21, Barnum 14

Junior wide receiver Stephon Buckanan caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from senior running back Demetri Nordgaard in the fourth quarter to move the Eagles past the host Bombers in a Great Polar Red game.

Nordgaard ran for 119 yards on 13 carries. He opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 25-yard TD run.

Barnum trailed 13-0 before senior tight end Mitchell Weller ran in a 5-yard touchdown before halftime. Sophomore fullback Colton Ziegler’s 1-yard TD run and his reception from junior quarterback Hunter Lake on the two-point conversion in the third quarter gave the Bombers a 1-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.


East Central................. 0-13-0-8-21

Barnum.......................... 0-6-8-0-14

EC - Demtri Nordgaard 25 run (Casey Sura kick)

EC - Sura 9 run (kick failed)

B - Mitchell Weller 5 run (run failed)

B - Colton Ziegler 1 run (Ziegler pass from Hunter Lake)

EC - Stephon Buckanan 54 pass from Nordgaard (Colton Nelson pass from Sura)

Deer River 21, Mesabi East 12

Deer River junior quarterback Aaron Drotts threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 88 yards and another score to lead the Warriors over the Giants in a nonconference game at Aurora.

Drotts’ 45-yard run opened up an eight-point lead in the third quarter and Iain Belgrade caught Drotts’ second touchdown of the night to salt away the win for Deer River.


Deer River..................... 7-0-7-7-21

Mesabi East Area.......... 0-6-0-6-12

DR - Ben Eby 5 pass from Aaron Drotts (Eby kick)

ME - Alex Marafiot 1 run (kick failed)

DR - Drotts 45 run (Eby kick)

DR - Iain Belgrade 12 pass from Drotts (Eby kick)

ME - Paul Meloche 53 pass from Colin Luke (pass failed)

North woods 50, Chisholm 6

Travis Hooper returned two punt returns for touchdowns and ran in two more scores to help North Woods improve to 2-0 in the Big North Conference.

Hooper returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter after running in from 10 yards to help the Grizzlies build a 22-0 first-quarter lead. He added a 14-yard score in the second quarter and returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.


Chisholm......................... 0-0-0-6-6

North Woods........... 22-14-14-0-50

N - Travis Hooper 10 run (Cole Martin run)

N - Hooper 40 punt return (Jaylen Strong pass from Martin)

N - Strong 29 pass from Martin (Kick blocked)

N - Martin 4 run (run failed)

N - Hooper 14 run (Strong pass from Martin)

N - Martin 66 run (pass failed)

N - Hooper 70 punt return (Steven Stone run)

C - Joe Lescarbeau 2 run (run failed)

Cromwell 34, Kelliher-Northome 14

Sophomore quarterback Zion Smith threw four touchdown passes to push the Cardinals to 2-0 overall and in the Great Northern Conference.

Smith completed a 22-yard TD pass to Brandon Fairbanks and a 4-yarder to Austin Pfisthner, plus ran in a two-point conversion in the first quarter to erase an 8-0 deficit and give Cromwell a 14-8 lead. Smith also hit Pfisthner from 10 yards out and Fairbanks for 3 yards in the second quarter to extend the advantage to 34-8 at halftime.


Kelliher-Northome........ 8-0-0-6-14

Cromwell................... 14-20-0-0-34

KN - Eli Rahier 50 run (Cal Roosdet run)

C - Brandon Fairbanks 22 pass from Zion Smith (pass failed)

C - Austin Pfisthner 4 pass from Smith (Smith run)

C - Carter Karppinen 4 run (pass failed)

C  - Pfisthner 10 pass from Smith (Eli Warpula pass from Smith)

C  - Fairbanks 3 pass from Smith (kick failed)

KN - Tres Grundmeir 5 run (run failed)

Wrenshall 56,
Lake of the woods 18

Dakota Spry rushed for 266 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Wrens’ Great Northern Conference home win.

Caleb O’Connor had 175 yards rushing on 13 attempts with three touchdowns on the ground and another receiving TD from quarterback Luke Vine, who added 104 yards rushing as the Wrens (2-0, 2-0) totaled 589 yards.


Lake of the Woods........ 6-6-0-6-18

Wrenshall................ 21-21-14-0-56

W - Luke Vine 3 run (kick failed)

W - Vine 7 run (Vine run)

W - Caleb O’Connor 10 run (Vine kick)

LOW - Kyle Hanson 50 pass (kick failed)

W - Dakota Spry 30 run (kick failed)

W - Dakota Spry 6 run (Chase Morneau pass from Vine)

W - O’Connor 25 pass from Vine (Vine kick)

LOW - Hanson 65 run (kick failed)

W - C. O’Connor 5 run (Justin O’Connor kick)

W - C. O’Connor 50 run (J. O’Connor kick)

LOW - Hanson 90 run (kick failed)


Jonas Schnortz scored on two short touchdown runs and ran back a kickoff to lead the host Polar Bears to the Great Northern win.

Gage Ruzynski added two rushing TDs for Floodwood (2-0, 2-0).


Hill City........................ 0-0-0-16-16

Floodwood................ 6-6-14-21-47

F - Gage Ruzynski 4 run (run failed)

F - Jonas Schnortz 2 run (pass failed)

F - Noah Thompson 1 run (Ruzynski pass from Riley Bernsdorf)

F - Ruzynski 4 run (pass failed)

F - Schnortz 1 run (Willow Christenson kick)

F - Logan Ebert 56 pass from Ricky Baker (Christenson kick)

HC - No. 21 run (run good)

HC - No. 21 run (run good)

F - Schnortz kickoff return (Christenson kick)

Ely 41, Silver Bay 15

Ely junior wide receiver Spencer Gaulke caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Carter Gaulke in the first quarter, then ran in a pair of touchdowns from inside the 10-yard line to topple the host Mariners in a Big North game.

Josh Heiman led with 95 yards rushing while scoring on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. Wyatt Conaway also scored in the second from 9 yards out and finished with 89 yards total. Sophomore running back Braxton Casey scored on an 11-yard run.


Ely............................. 6-16-13-6-41

Silver Bay...................... 0-7-0-8-15

E - Spencer Gaulke 20 pass from Carter Gaulke (run failed)

E - Wyatt Conaway 9 run (Matt Gerzin run)

SB - Nathan Bauck 25 pass from Hunter Monson (Michael Fischer kick)

E - Josh Heiman 2 run (S. Gaulke run)

E - S. Gaulke 4 run (run failed)

E - S. Gaulke 6 run (Tayler Banks kick)

E - Braxton Casey 11 run (run failed)

SB - Fischer 10 run (Justin Ketola run)


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