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Eric Peterson, Published November 06 2010

MN Class 2A, Section 6 football championship: Ottertail Central outlasts Breckenridge

On the second play from scrimmage Friday, Breckenridge scored on a long touchdown run. From there, it was all Ottertail Central.

The No. 7-ranked Bulldogs ran more than double the plays and had twice as many yards en route to a 35-7 victory against No. 5 Breckenridge on Friday for the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 6 football championship at the Fargodome.

“They’re just power football,” Breckenridge coach Chad Fredericksen said. “That’s northern Minnesota football to its best. They were satisfied with four downs to get a first down. … I can’t say enough for OTC. They are a fantastic football team.”

The Bulldogs (11-0) remained unbeaten while handing Breckenridge (10-1) its first loss the season.

“The kids came to play,” Ottertail Central coach Don Seipkes said. “Our offensive and defensive lines have been our key. I think they dominated the line of scrimmage. I was amazed when I saw the total yardage.”

The Bulldogs finished with 366 yards on 73 plays from scrimmage, while Breckenridge gained 183 yards on

32 plays. Ottertail Central rushed for 262 yards on 65 attempts.

“That’s OTC Bulldogs this year,” said Bulldogs junior quarterback Marty Charest. “We take what we can get and go.”

The Cowboys grabbed an early lead after junior running back Stephen Erlandson scored on a spectacular 64-yard touchdown run. Erlandson weaved through the Bulldogs defense and broke a number of tackles en route to the end zone for a

7-0 lead with 11 minutes, 3 seconds to play in the first quarter.

“It was a little nerve wracking,” said Charest, who also plays linebacker. “He’s a good back (Erlandson) and we ended up containing him after that. That’s what we needed to do.”

The Ottertail Central defense clamped down from that point. That long TD run ended up accounting for about one-third of Breckenridge’s total offense. The Bulldogs intercepted four passes and also recovered a fumble. Ottertail Central senior defensive back Chris Haugdahl had two interceptions.

“Making plays, our defense is all about that,” Charest said. “Four picks, that’s big.”

OTC 0 21 14 0–35

Breck 7 0 0 0– 7

B—S. Erlandson 64 run (Hiedeman kick)

OTC—Hart 1 run (Skibness kick)

OTC—A. Marso 15 pass from Charest (Skibness kick)

OTC—Olson 51 pass from Charest (Skibness kick)

OTC—Hart 19 run (Skibness kick)

OTC—Charest 2 run (Skibness kick)


RUSHING: OTC, Hart 25-129, Olson 14-86, Smith 10-45, Charest 11-22, Lachowitzer 2-1, Eitzen 1-1, Team 2-(minus-2). BHS, S. Erlandson 13-140, Voss 5-24, G. Erlandson 1-0, Kappes 1-(minus-10), Team 1-(minus-1).

PASSING: OTC, Charest 6-8-0 104 yards. BHS, Kappes 2-11-4 30.

RECEIVING: OTC, Olson 2-57, A. Marso 2-24, Hart 1-13, Haugdahl 1-10. BHS, S. Erlandson 1-18, Holzbauer 1-12.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

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