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Vikings Build 42-0 Halftime Lead in 48-0 Win at Warroad

By Craig Olson, 09/11/23, 7:15AM CDT


Jack Kapenga ran for 167 yards and 4 touchdowns on Friday night in Warroad as the Pelican Rapids football team improved their season record to 2-0 with a 48-0 drubbing of the Warriors.  The Vikings had 238 total rushing yards and 90 yards passing in the game.  Jack Paulson added 42 rushing yards and a pair of TD runs, while connecting on a 75 yard scoring toss to Treyvon Benson on the first play of the game.

On the first play of their third drive of the night, Jack Kapenga broke loose for a 45 yard TD run for a 12-0 Pelican Rapids lead.

In the second quarter, it was Kapenga going 60 yards for his second TD of the night and then adding the 2-point conversion for a 20-0 lead.  The Vikings then recovered a Warroad fumble at the Warriors 9 yard line and Paulson scored on the first play of the possession.  Paulson also converted the 2-point try, handing the Vikings a 28-0 lead.  An interception by Miguel Torres setup the Vikings on the Warriors 5 yard line and Jack Kapenga ended up scoring on a one yard run for a 34-0 lead.  Kapenga then raced 33 yards for the final touchdown of the first half and Paulson added the conversion as the Vikings took a 42-0 halftime advantage.

Paulson added a 30 yard TD run in the third quarter for the only touchdown of the second half.

Defensively, Mark Kapenga, Miguel Torres and Bricker Haugrud each had an interception, while Channing Russman and Lucas Verdorn each recovered a fumble.  Russman had 8 solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles, and Jack Kapenga added 6 solo tackles and one assisted tackles to lead the Vikings.

“You always worry about focus when you take a 3.5 hour trip up north, but our boys took care of business early and cleaned up a lot of mistakes we had from the week prior,” noted Pelican Rapids Head Coach Eli Beachy.  It was a great team win.  Our JV players were able to get some great varsity experience.  It was one of those games where everyone contributed and those are the most memorable games for a coach and team.  Our energy all night was top notch.  Super proud of the guys.”

Pelican Rapids will host Barnesville on Friday night.