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Detroit Lakes rallies past East Grand Forks

The Lakers took advantage of a pair of Green Wave turnovers in the second half to turn the tide.

East Grand Forks Senior High's Grant Burger attempts to fight off a tackle by Detroit Lakes linebacker Ethan Carrier on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in East Grand Forks.
Kerry Ring / Special to the Herald
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EAST GRAND FORKS — East Grand Forks Senior High started the second quarter with the ball at its own 36-yard line.

Then, against a Detroit Lakes team that didn't give up a touchdown until garbage time in routing Fergus Falls 54-10 a week earlier — against a Lakers team with two Big Ten-bound football players on its defense — it methodically marched down the field.

The Green Wave put together a 16-play drive that ate 10:06 off the clock — nearly the entire quarter — and capped it with a 4-yard touchdown run by Grant Burger.

The halftime score was a surprise: Green Wave 7, Lakers 0.

"I didn't know after last week what kind of football team we were or how we were going to respond," said Green Wave coach Ryan Kasowski, whose team lost 28-5 against Pequot Lakes in the opener. "We came out and just had great energy and played really well. I was proud of them. I thought we had a chance, up until the end, to win the game."


Detroit Lakes forced a pair of turnovers in the third quarter and turned both into touchdowns to take the lead. Then, the Lakers iced their 21-7 victory over East Grand Forks with a score in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Green Wave (0-2) mostly held University of Minnesota-bound brothers Mason and Ethan Carrier in check, but the Laker athletes did enough in the second half to move Detroit Lakes to 2-0 on the season.

Mason, the quarterback, rushed for 119 yards on 21 carries and a pair of second-half touchdowns. He also threw for 123 yards. Ethan, a running back, was limited to 19 yards rushing and 24 receiving.

Detroit Lakes quarterback Mason Carrier attempts to fight through a tackle by East Grand Forks Senior High's Grant Burger on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in East Grand Forks.
Kerry Ring / Special to the Herald

"I just can't be more impressed by how coach Kasowski got his team out there and ready to play," Detroit Lakes coach Reed Hefta said. "That's a guy who puts his heart and soul into his team. I couldn't be more proud as a head coach to see how they responded from Week 1 to Week 2. This is a team that can go out and compete and it's fun to see that.

"As the opposing team, you take a couple lumps and you've got to learn from that. We want to be a successful team and you have these high standards and expectations that you have to work. We aren't always perfect."

The Lakers (2-0) turned the tide in the third quarter.

On Senior High's first possession, Grady Kirchner intercepted Green Wave quarterback Drew Carpenter and returned it 41 yards down to the Senior High 10. On the next play, Mason Carrier ran it in to tie it 7-7.

Senior High turned it over again on its next possession, fumbling an option to give Detroit Lakes the ball at the 36.


Despite losing 15 yards on a bad snap and 15 more on a blind-side blocking foul, the Lakers converted 2nd-and-44 by connecting on three-straight passing plays — 21 yards to Charles Kalina, 15 to Kalina and 22 to Cody Bartnes for a score.

"We said at halftime, 'They're going to score. They're going to get a play. And we have to respond,'" Kasowski said. "I thought we did, but the turnovers came back to bite us too much."

Burger led Senior High with 39 yards rushing, while Clyde Anderson added 21 yards on 11 carries. Carpenter threw for 105 yards — 76 of which came on a pair of passes to Damian Bushaw in the fourth quarter.

The Green Wave play at Park Rapids next week.

Detroit Lakes plays at Thief River Falls, aiming to move to 3-0 after a successful second half against East Grand Forks.

"We were able to get the ball in our athletes' hands," Hefta said. "And that's something we need to continue to do. Teams are going to try to take that away. So, you have to be even more creative with how you do that."

East Grand Forks Senior High quarterback Drew Carpenter keeps the ball on a draw during a game against Detroit Lakes on Sept. 9, 2022, in East Grand Forks.
Kerry Ring / Special to the Herald

Detroit Lakes 21,EGF Senior High 7

Second quarter


EGF – Grant Burger 4 run (Drew Carpenter kick)

Third quarter

DL – Mason Carrier 10 run (Nicholas Buboltz kick)

DL – Cody Bartnes 22 pass from M. Carrier (Buboltz kick)

Fourth quarter

DL – M. Carrier 3 run (Buboltz kick)

Individual leaders

RUSHING – EGF: Grant Burger 9-39, Clyde Anderson 11-21, Drew Carpenter 6-13; DL: Mason Carrier 21-119, Grady Kirchner 5-44, Ethan Carrier 12-19

PASSING – EGF: Carpenter 6-11-2, 105 yards; DL: M. Carrier 10-18-1, 123 yards

RECEIVING – EGF: Damian Bushaw 2-76, Sam Schumacher 2-16, Cooper Smith 1-11; DL: Charles Kalina 3-41, Kirchner 4-26, E. Carrier 1-24, Cody Bartnes 1-22

East Grand Forks Senior High running back Grant Burger scores a touchdown against Detroit Lakes on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in East Grand Forks.
Kerry Ring / Special to the Herald

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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