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Green Wave fall in football opener at Pequot Lakes

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East Grand Forks Senior High receiver Cooper Smith looks to evade Patriot tacklers in the first quarter of the Green Wave's game against Pequot Lakes on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
Dan Determan / Pine and Lakes Echo Journal
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PEQUOT LAKES – The East Grand Forks Green Wave were unable to find the end zone in its season-opening game, falling to Pequot Lakes 28-5 on Thursday, Sept. 1.

“I thought we came out kind of flat,” East Grand Forks coach Ryan Kasowski said. “They have some great playmakers and their quarterback was better than I've seen from a lot of guys. I mean, he just hit his receivers – we had great coverage a lot of time and he just made plays. They're a very talented group and they are going to have a good run this year.”

The key highlight for the Green Wave came in the third quarter, when its special teams crew blocked a punt which rolled through the back of the end zone for a safety. Additionally, kicker Drew Carpenter nailed a field goal from 30 yards in the second quarter.

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East Grand Forks quarterback Drew Carpenter looks to run to the outside in the third quarter of the Green Wave's game against Pequot Lakes on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
Dan Determan / Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

Pequot Lakes scored two touchdowns in the first quarter before Carpenter put the Wave on the board

The Patriots had a 21-3 lead before the Wave added two more points on their safety..

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Up next, the Green Wave will host the Detroit Lakes Lakers on Friday, Sept. 9.

“We just have to get better,” Kasowski said. “We have to focus on the little things and just make sure that we're sharp and ready to go, but we also have to make sure we stay positive. It's game one. The most improvement is from game one to game two.”

Last season, the Wave downed Pequot Lakes 27-12 at Senior High Field.

PCW falls at Mahnomen-WaubunPolk County West opened its season Thursday night, falling at defending Minnesota Section 8A champion Mahnomen-Waubun 22-7.

Mike Gapp scored the lone PCW touchdown on a 17-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Gapp led the Thunder with 145 rushing yards on 27 carries.

Curtis Mehr led Mahnomen-Waubun with 71 yards on 13 carries.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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