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Prep football: Wave adjusts to new offense

East Grand Forks Senior High's new option offense was shaky in its debut during the Green Wave's season opener two weeks ago. Senior High only managed two plays of more than 10 yards in a loss to Staples-Motley.

East Grand Forks Senior High's new option offense was shaky in its debut during the Green Wave's season opener two weeks ago. Senior High only managed two plays of more than 10 yards in a loss to Staples-Motley.

In Week 2, however, the Green Wave offense found its footing. Senior High, which proved it has big-play ability in a 31-6 win over Park Rapids, hopes to keep the momentum when it visits Pequot Lakes at 7 tonight.

"Our option attack worked real well against Park Rapids," Senior High coach Todd Schumacher said. "Our guys up front did a great job allowing our backs to have some room to run. Our backs weren't hit until 2 or 3 yards down the field. If our line can block like that, we'll gain some yardage."

The Senior High rushing attack was led by quarterback Darrin Hager, who finished with 129 rushing yards.

The Green Wave only mustered 107 yards of total offense in Week 1.

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"You always look for that improvement between Weeks 1 and 2," Schumacher said. "Our guys worked hard. They did the things we asked of them. I couldn't have asked for a better response."

Against Pequot Lakes, the Green Wave defense will be tested. Pequot Lakes, which lost to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and beat Pelican Rapids so far this year, returns all-conference running back Matt Michaelson, who ran for 172 yards on 16 carries against Senior High a year ago.

"Pequot brings a lot to the table," Schumacher said. "They'll probably be the team we see that throws the ball the best."

Pequot Lakes, which is coached by former NFL kicker Chip Lohmiller, runs a pro style offense.

"They have the skill kids to run it," Schumacher said. "They pose a lot of problems for us. We're going to have to limit their big plays.

"For us, we just have to be consistent. If we can hold onto the ball, not give them opportunities for quick scores and put together 10- or 12-play drives . . . that's going to help."

Bismarck High

at Central

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In Grand Forks Central's final tuneup before the conference schedule begins, the Knights will see how they stack up against the unanimous No. 1 team in the state.

The Knights host undefeated defending state champion Bismarck High at 7 tonight at Cushman Field.

"Bismarck is the odds-on favorite to win state," Lorenz said. "It'll be a good test. It's going to be a nice gauge for us."

The Demons are led by all-state quarterback Esley Thorton, who has committed to play college football at North Dakota State, and all-state running back Jake Miller.

The Knights, 2-1, hope to keep Thorton and Miller off the field with a strong running game.

Central leads the conference in rushing with 991 yards. Grant Parks already has 562 rushing yards at a 7.5 yards-per-carry clip. Teammate Jeremy Zahradka is averaging 9.4 yards per carry and has 178 yards this season.

"Our offense might be our best defense against those guys," Lorenz said.

Grygla-Goodridge

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at Sacred Heart

East Grand Forks Sacred Heart is eyeing a better start when it hosts Grygla-Goodridge at 7 tonight.

The Eagles surrendered 36 first-half points in a 36-14 loss to Clearbrook-Gonvick last week.

Sacred Heart, which beat Norman County West in a high-scoring shootout to open the season, didn't score until the third quarter when Nick Anderson had a 2-yard touchdown run. The Eagles also scored in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Michael Pietruszewski.

Grygla-Goodridge, which beat the Eagles 20-6 in last year's season opener, has defeated Norman County East and lost to Kittson County Central this season.

Red River at Williston

Grand Forks Red River would like to emulate the success Grand Forks Central had against Williston earlier this season when the Roughriders make the 330-mile trek to Williston for a 7 p.m. game tonight.

The Knights opened the year with a blowout win over the Coyotes. Central running back Grant Parks rushed for 198 yards against Williston, which is 1-2.

Red River, 2-1, will try to turn around a struggling offense. The Riders have the No. 1 yard-producing special teams, but Red River is last among all six East Region teams in total offense.

After earning the No. 4 spot in the state coaches poll last week, the Roughriders fell out of the poll after a 28-7 loss to Minot last Friday.

Miller reports on sports. Reach him at (701) 780-1121; (800) 477-6572, ext. 121; or send e-mail to tmiller@gfherald.com .

Tonight's games

n EGF Senior High (1-1) at Pequot Lakes (1-1), 7 p.m.

n Goodridge-Grygla (1-1) at EGF Sacred Heart (1-1), 7 p.m.

n Red River (2-1) at Williston (1-2), 7 p.m.

n Bismarck High (3-0) at Central (2-1), 7 p.m.

Of note: Follow live updates of Grand Forks Central and Bismarck High online at

www.areavoices.com/gfsports

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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