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Brett Gerardy has been a reinvented quarterback this fall. The junior is a second-year starting quarterback but with a different emphasis to his game. Gerardy was a passing quarterback on the 9-man Red Lake County Central High School team in 2007; now he's a ballcarrier for the first-year Red Lake County co-op team, which plays in Minnesota's 11-man Section 8A. "I'm running a lot more," Gerardy said. "I think it's one of my better abilities, better than my passing.
North Star is averaging 42 points a game in getting off to a 4-1 start this high school football season. But average might not be good enough Friday for the Bearcats. North Star hosts St. John in a matchup of teams that match 3-0 records atop North Dakota's 9-man Region 4. And St. John brings in a 50.8 scoring average. "It's going to be a shootout, the lead going back and forth,'' North Star coach Bryan Haugen said. "There will be a lot of points." That's probable because the offenses of both teams seems to be getting better. St.
The old stadium is starting to show its age. Charlie Zick saw rust on the base of some metal seats. Duct tape held together the cushions on some seats. Paint peeled on overhangs. But this was New York's Yankee Stadium in early September. The signs of deterioration didn't diminish the excitement of Zick's first trip to the stadium. The 66-year-old Grand Forks man -- and lifetime Yankees fan -- savored all the sights and sounds when he and son Greg went to a Yankees game. "It's starting to show its age," Zick said. "But it was still baseball heaven.
The junior has developed a nose for the end zone for the 4-0 Devils Lake football team. Wolf, a first-year starter at wingback and safety, has a team-leading seven touchdowns, and he's produced touchdowns in five different ways -- rushing, receiving, interception return, fumble return and, Friday, on a punt return. Q. How do you explain that penchant for getting into the end zone so frequently? A. "It's being in the right place at the right time. On the interception, I read the play right. On the fumble, I was near the pile and the ball bounced to me.
EDINBURG, N.D. -- Reid Kuchar grew up following the Adams-Edinburg-Edmore football program. As a freshman in 2005, he was a reserve on a team that made the North Dakota state playoffs for the 11th straight season. With that tradition of success, it was only logical that Kuchar anticipated more of the same. "It was fun; it's always fun winning," Kuchar said. "I thought we'd keep going to the playoffs. But it didn't work out like we'd hoped it would." The Spartans haven't made the playoffs since 2005.
Three plays into the game, Perham starting center Ben Brill was sidelined with an injury and the Yellowjackets were forced to shuffle players on the line. As a result, their offensive options were limited the rest of the way. That didn't stop the Yellowjackets' offense, however. Nathan Schmitz's running powered visiting Perham to an 18-7 high school football victory against East Grand Forks Senior High on Friday. Because of the line problems, "We ended up running an offense that we've practiced maybe 5 percent of the time,'' Perham coach Howard Kangas said.
Three games into the season, Tyler Aandal has gone from nonfactor to big-play producer. Aandal had only five carries, for 5 yards, in Thief River Falls' football opener. In the Prowlers' second game, he picked up 38 yards on seven carries. Last Friday, he burst out with 252 yards -- the third-highest single-game total in Prowlers history -- on 20 carries in a 14-13 win against Park Rapids. He had touchdown runs covering 68 and 89 yards. "We started spot-playing Tyler in the Detroit Lakes game to see if we'd get more speed in the backfield,'' Thief River Falls coach Jeff Mumm said.
LARIMORE, N.D. -- Karl Hager can't hold a steady job on the football field. Hager is in his fourth season as a starter for Larimore High School's football team. He's excelled every season. But he's also held a different starting position on offense every year. "I don't mind switching around positions," the senior said. "It's fine. I'll do whatever I can to help the team." Polar Bears coach Paul Peterson calls Hager a jack of all trades. He's also mastered them all. As a freshman, Hager was honorable mention on the all-Region 2 team playing wide receiver.
By Greg Devillers Herald Staff Writer It isn't tournament time yet. But Kinzie Magner and her Northern Freeze teammates are getting ready to play a familiar tournament foe. Northern Freeze is at Lake of the Woods on Thursday in a rematch of the 2007 Section 8A volleyball championship -- one of three times the two programs met in section tournaments last school year. "It's kind of fun playing them," Magner said. "They're more of a challenge. It's fun to play good teams like that." These teams know all too well about the quality of each other's program.
ST. JOHN, N.D. -- Lessons were learned after a football season that was nearly perfect ended in disappointment. St. John won its first nine games of the 2007 high school season. But the Woodchucks' bid for a perfect season and a state title ended with a 42-14 loss to eventual state champion Mott-Regent in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota 9-man state playoffs. "It was a little embarrassing," lineman Lance Slater said of the one-sided defeat. "They sort of overwhelmed us in the second half.