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Chris Murphy, Published October 17 2013

Breckenridge tops Pelican for share of Heart O' Lakes Classic title

FARGO – In pregame stretches, Breckenridge’s football team randomly yells, “Yelp.”

After Thursday’s 33-7 over Pelican Rapids at the Fargodome to clinch a co-championship of the Heart O’ Lakes Classic Conference with Hawley, the rest of the league can hear the Cowboys’ yelps.

“We just played outstanding team football,” Breckenridge coach Chad Fredericksen said. “At the beginning, it looked like our guys got back on their heels a bit, but we snapped back. Credit to our seniors that regrouped early in the year, and we’ve just put together a wonderful run.”

Just as Breckenridge had done with their season, the Cowboys regrouped after an initial punch to the jaw from Pelican Rapids.

After an interception from Ryan Bruggeman on the Cowboys’ opening drive, Pelican Rapids (5-3) marched 68 yards on 12 plays to open up the scoring. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Nick Thompson rumbled into the end zone to give the Vikings an early lead. They would not score again, as the Cowboys held Bruggeman, who ran for 225 yards and six touchdowns in the previous week, to 65 yards on 22 carries.

“Our guys up front are playing extremely well,” Fredericksen said. “Our defense played phenomenal. They shut down any momentum they had, and they shut down probably the best player in our conference in Bruggeman.”

Breckenridge running back Parker Busse doesn’t exactly know why the team yelps before games, but he’s not ready to stop it now.

“I don’t know why,” Busse said. “Just tradition I guess. It gets us pumped up somewhat.”

Tradition is tradition, and Breckenridge really has no reason to change anything. The Cowboys have won four straight, after starting off the season 2-2. With Busse running for two touchdowns and 132 yards on 17 carries Thursday, that tradition isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

“It’s working, so we’re just going to keep it going,” Busse said. “We’re not changing anything.”

Busse wasn’t the only one running, as the Breckenridge offense ran for 255 yards.

“Our front line just annihilated them,” Busse said. “It was just linemen making holes you could drive a pickup through.”

After Pelican Rapids’ opening drive, Breckenridge answered with 33 unanswered points and never looked back.

“I don’t think we knew what was coming right away,” Busse said. “It’s kind of a different offense, and Bruggeman is shifty. (The drive) hit us in the back of the head and more than likely helped us more than anything.”

After four straight wins, Pelican Rapids is looking to regroup.

“They are the ones who beat Hawley, so they’ve earned the right to share the title with them,” Pelican Rapids coach Dave Haugen said. “Now, the challenge for us is going to be to come back from this and be ready to go in the postseason.”

B 6 14 0 13–33

PR 7 0 0 0– 7

P–Thompson 1 run (Diaz kick)

B–Larson 10 pass from Blaufuss (kick no good)

B–Busse 2 run (run no good)

B–Busse 4 run (pass good)

B–Kondos 2 run (pass no good)

B–Sokness 5 run (Yaggie kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: P, Bruggeman 22-65, Gorton 11-10, Lee 3-8, Thompson 5-11, Mazariegos 2-5. B, Hiedeman 14-55, Busse 17-132, Blaufuss 4-12, Kondos 5-42, Sokness 2-10, Larson 2-4.

PASSING: P, Gorton 4-8-3 74 yards. B, Blaufuss 1-4-1 10 yards.

RECEIVING: P, Sillerud 2-33, Haugen 2-34, Lee 1-5. B, Larson 1-10.


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