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Kevin Schnepf, Published August 31 2012

East Grand Forks takes down Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

GLYNDON, Minn. – Relying on experienced blockers, Nick Erickson ran for 100 yards and passed for three touchdowns to lift East Grand Forks to a 22-6 season-opening high school football win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Friday night.

“It’s always nice when all you see is a huge hole with nothing but green grass in front of you,” said Erickson, a senior quarterback. “We have all seniors on that offensive line and that makes a huge difference.”

East Grand Forks’ offense, with 10 senior starters, piled up 225 yards rushing and 83 yards passing. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, with only seven seniors, twice saw potential scoring drives stall 15 yards from the end zone.

“We’re just young,” said D-G-F head coach Tony Soderberg. “When we moved the ball to the 15, it seemed like they were able to put up some type of force field. We got to be tired puppies at the end.”

For Scott Oliver, in his third year as East Grand Forks’ head coach, it was his first win over D-G-F. The win came in a town where he was a head coach for the Glyndon Buffaloes that won a 1985 Class C state championship.

“We were in the same situation as D-G-F last year,” Oliver said. “We were young and took our lumps.”

The Green Wave showed their experience right away, marching 89 yards in 14 plays to score on their first possession. The drive ended when Erickson threw a fourth-down

12-yard touchdown pass to Jake Kallock on the third play of the second quarter.

With 1:23 left in the first half, Erickson dumped a screen pass to Austin Holy that produced a fourth-down, 31-yard touchdown to give the Green Wave a 12-0 halftime lead.

On the first possession of the second half, the Green Wave marched 64 yards in 7 plays, a scoring drive capped by Erickson’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Seim, making it 19-0.

“He can hurt you with his legs and he can hurt you with his arm,” Oliver said of Erickson.

D-G-F, which has been moved up from Class 2A to Class 3A this season, displayed some good signs against an East Grand Forks team that will be one of the smallest teams in Class 4A this season.

Taylor Beyer, a senior running back, rushed for 102 yards while fellow seniors Cole Sogge and Derek Johnk combined for 87 yards rushing.

“We had some very nice plays,” Soderberg said. “I liked our kids’ attitude the whole game.”

And Oliver liked what he saw from his team that will be playing in a larger class this season.

“It’s a platform to build off on,” Oliver said. “The class thing really doesn’t matter. The last time I checked, each team can only put 11 players on the field.”

EGF 0 12 7 3–22

DGF 0 0 0 6– 6

EGF-Kallock 12 pass from Erickson (kick failed)

EGF-Holy 31 pass from Erickson (pass failed)

EGF-Seim 9 pass from Erickson (Erickson kick)

EGF-Erickson 30 FG

DGF-Sogge 5 run (kick blocked)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: EGF-Erickson 14-100, Boushee 18-96, Sheving 5-29. DGF-Beyer 19-102, Sogge 12-55, Johnk 7-32, Wayne 6-11.

PASSING: EGF-Erickson 3-5-0, 83 yards. DGF-Poehls 1-4-0, -4 yards; Nelson 2-5-0, 20 yards.

RECEIVING: EGF-Kallock 1-12, Holy 1-31, Seim 1-9. DGF-Johnk 1-(-4), Wayne 1-0, Beyer 1-20.


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