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PREP FOOTBALL: Minot wins 41-21 over Red River

Being the offensive play caller for Minot isn't a difficult chore. "Right now, it's fun,'' said Magicians head coach Barry Holmen, who shares the duties. Minot's offense was in high gear Friday night. The Magicians rolled up 409 yards in total of...

Being the offensive play caller for Minot isn't a difficult chore.

"Right now, it's fun,'' said Magicians head coach Barry Holmen, who shares the duties.

Minot's offense was in high gear Friday night. The Magicians rolled up 409 yards in total offense in handing Grand Forks Red River a 41-21 setback. The game had 220 yards in penalties, 110 for each team.

Brady Lampert scored four touchdowns to set the pace, carrying 19 times for 118 yards.

"We have some weapons, so we try to spread the ball around,'' Holmen said. "We have explosive running backs who can break tackles and turn short runs into big plays. We have receivers who pick up yards after the catch.

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"It's about as fast a team as we've had in a long time.''

That speed showed early. The Magicians built up a 27-14 lead at halftime. In the first two quarters, Minot had 14 plays that covered 10 or more yards.

Kolton Larson opened scoring with a 10-yard run. Red River took its only lead on the Riders' next possession, when Chad Bartosh connected with Ty Straus for a 15-yard touchdown and Brady Regimbal's extra-point kick made it 7-6.

But Lampert scored on 10-, 20- and 1-yard runs to give Minot a 27-7 lead. Austin Reynolds had a 34-yard touchdown run to pull Red River within 27-14 at halftime, but Lampert built the lead back to 34-14 with a 1-yard run early in the second half and the Magicians were never headed.

In addition to Lampert rushing for 118 yards, sophomore quarterback Ben Bolinske was 11-of-15 passing for 155 yards to balance the offense.

A high-scoring shootout wasn't Red River's intentions going into the game.

"We wanted to get their offense off the field and into our hands,'' Red River coach Vyrn Muir said. "We weren't very successful at that. A lot of credit for that goes to Minot. They have good athletes. And we didn't tackle very well.''

Bartosh also had an 18-yard TD pass to Braedan Hanson, while Austin Reynolds scored on a 34-yard run.

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Bartosh was Red River's main threat, completing 16-of-34 passes for 207 yards. Straus, his top target, had five catches for 74 yards.

"We thought we could throw on them,'' Muir said. "Chad threw well over the middle, probably the best he's ever done that.''

Minot remained unbeaten at 5-0, while the Roughriders dropped to 2-3.

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