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Undefeated Detroit Lakes downs EGF 42-14

Ryan Kasowski makes no pretenses about it--his East Grand Forks Senior High football team will rely on its running game. On Friday, Senior High was beaten at its own game. Undefeated Detroit Lakes (7-0) dominated with its running game en route to...

East Grand Forks' Sam Votava slips a tackle as Detroit Lakes players Reed Reller (13,) Reed Mace (11,) and Brady Morris pursue in the first half of their game at Senior High Friday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
East Grand Forks' Sam Votava slips a tackle as Detroit Lakes players Reed Reller (13,) Reed Mace (11,) and Brady Morris pursue in the first half of their game at Senior High Friday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Ryan Kasowski makes no pretenses about it-his East Grand Forks Senior High football team will rely on its running game.

On Friday, Senior High was beaten at its own game.

Undefeated Detroit Lakes (7-0) dominated with its running game en route to a 42-14 win at Senior High Field.

The Lakers held a 458-182 advantage in total offense. Most of that was on the ground, as DL rushed for 352 yards (8.4 per-carry average).

"We knew coming in that they run power football,'' Kasowski said. "And they're really good at it. We had a couple of mistakes on defense. But that's what they do.

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"Our run defense has been solid. But they're really good. They were bigger, really physical, up front. And they have really good backs.''

The Lakers had a one-two rushing punch in the backfield in Isaiah Thompson (17 carries-193 yards) and Reed Mace (15-111). Each rushed for two touchdowns. Mace caught a pass for another score as quarterback Max Gunderson was an efficient 5-of-8 passing for 106 yards.

"We like to be physical and run the football. That's who we are,'' DL coach Josh Omang said. "They (Green Wave) are big and physical. We haven't seen a lot of that size, especially bigger kids who are aggressive like that. We did go outside a little more than usual.''

After DL built a 21-0 lead on two Mace 9-yard TD runs and a Gunderson-to-Jacob Bettcher touchdown pass from 10 yards, the big blow came just before halftime.

On a third-and-long play, Thompson broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown run, giving the Lakers a 28-0 lead with 1:28 left in the second quarter.

"That one really swung things,'' Kasowski said. "To go in at halftime down 28-0 instead of 21-0, that's a big difference. But we stuck to what we do (in the second half), running the ball. That's who we are.

"They (Mace and Thompson) are two of the faster backs we've played.''

Senior High, down 35-0 going into the fourth quarter, scored twice.

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Carter Beck hit Julian Benson on a 1-yard touchdown pass, a score that was set up by a Nathan Willett 32-yard catch for first-and-goal at the one.

Ethan Trebil broke for a 53-yard touchdown run later in the fourth. Trebil rushed for 73 yards and Beck was 5-of-7 passing for 52 yards to lead the Wave.

The loss dropped Senior High to 4-3.

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