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Ryan S. Clark, Published September 25 2010

Key interceptions spark Breckenridge's football win against D-G-F

GLYNDON, Minn. – Quarterbacks dream of trying to win the game with two minutes left. So do defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs.

Instead of catching the Hail Mary, No. 10 Breckenridge’s defense made three consecutive interceptions in the final two minutes on Friday in a

28-20 win against No. 8 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Class 2A high school football.

Breckenridge’s upset came on a night where 16 games in Minnesota featured two undefeated teams. Breckenridge remains among the undefeated as it improves to 4-0. D-G-F falls to 3-1.

“I just kept thinking we can do this all night,” said Breckenridge defensive back Sam Herder, who had one of Breckenridge’s three interceptions.

Herder said his confidence grew with every interception.

David Bergquist already had confidence to go along with 11 tackles. His interception was just a nice way of ending the night.

D-G-F had the ball on its

18-yard line when quarterback Tanner Dufault was battered on a pump fake. Bergquist, a linebacker, saw the ball, grabbed it and made things somewhat easier for the Cowboys.

“The tight end I was covering was dragging,” Bergquist said. “I just followed him and was able to make the interception.”

Anderson Wilcox took what Bergquist did a little bit further.

D-G-F’s second attempt at tying the game ended when Dufault threw another interception that was returned by Wilcox for a 23-yard touchdown. The score gave Breckenridge some breathing room at 28-20 following a missed extra point attempt.

Herder’s pick might not have set the tone like Bergquist’s or scored a touchdown like Wilcox’s, but it was still nice in his mind.

Herder said he read Dufault, who was looking to throw on a wheel route. He recognized the route, came out of nowhere and 23 yards later, he gave Breckenridge the ball back with about a minute left.

“When I got the ball,” Herder said, “I just saw open space and just wanted to run it in for a touchdown, but I was stopped short.”

Much has been said about Breckenridge’s high-powered offense that flexed its muscle last week in a 59-0 beating of West Central Area.

Running back Stephen Erlandson rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown, but it was the defense that kept Breckenridge undefeated at the end.

Led by Bergquist, the Cowboys’ defense held D-G-F running back Bennett Mercil to a season-low 51 yards. And if it wasn’t for an 11-yard scamper by Dufault late in the fourth, D-G-F would not have had a 100-yard rusher.

Dufault finished with 104 yards on just nine carries. He also had a touchdown.

Breckenridge’s leading rusher was Stephen Erlandson, who finished the game with 167 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.

In all, Breckenridge finished with 262 rushing yards while D-G-F finished with an even 200.

D-G-F coach Tony Soderberg was pleased even though his team lost. Soderberg expressed his frustration despite D-G-F pulling out a 20-6 win at Perham.

Soderberg said the difference with this week’s game was his team’s effort.

“Last week, we came out and we didn’t care, we just played football,” he said. “Tonight we came out, played defense, made tackles, we had fun. We played a much better game. We played better as a team and that’s something we can take away from this game.”

B 7 8 0 13–28

DGF 7 0 6 7–20

B–Holzbauer 18 pass from Kappes (Hiedeman kick)

D–Johnson 26 run (Dufault kick)

B–Erlandson 4 run (Hiedeman run)

D–Mercil 22 run (run failed)

B–Erlandson 5 run (Hiedeman kick)

B–Wilcox 23 INT (kick failed)


RUSHING: B, Erlandson 29-167, G. Erlandson 5-16, Voss 10-44, Hiedeman 6-44, Kappes 3-(-9); D, Mercil 10-50, Johnson 10-57, Dufault 9-104.

RECEIVING:B, Holzbauer 1-18, Erlandson 2-23, Heideman 1-0; D, Mercil 1 (-5), Johnson 1-18, Dejong 2-19.

PASSING: B, Kappes 4-8-0 41 yards; D, Dufault 4-11-3 32 yards.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548