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Tom Mix, Published October 17 2013

Barnesville rolls to win against West Central Area

FARGO – The only blemishes on Michael Strand’s Thursday night were three missed extra points.

The Barnesville senior running back made up for the misses on special teams by scoring seven touchdowns in the Trojans’ 61-0 win over West Central Area at the Fargodome.

Strand rushed for 208 yards and five touchdowns on seven carries. He also caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 32 yards for a touchdown in the game.

The Minnesota Class 2A, No. 3-ranked Trojans started their first four possessions in West Central Area territory, and all resulted in touchdowns for Strand.

“We knew a lot of people were watching this game, so we wanted to impress,” Strand said. “They couldn’t stop our running game, so we just kept with it.”

The Trojans led 48-0 at halftime.

Barnesville’s win wasn’t enough to surpass Hawley in the state’s QRF rankings, which means the Trojans will host an opening round section playoff game Tuesday. Hawley receives a first-round bye.

“Our kids played with a lot of emotion,” Barnesville head coach Bryan Strand said. “They were fired up to be playing and fired up to be playing here. This time of year it’s all about plugging away and staying healthy.”

Barnesville senior quarterback Kyler Martz was 4 of 4 passing for 95 yards.

West Central Area (2-6) committed five turnovers and only advanced the ball into Barnesville territory once during the game.

The shutout is Barnesville’s third this season.

WCA 0 0 0 0– 0

B 20 28 7 6–61

B–Strand 7 run (kick failed)

B–Strand 35 pass from Martz (Holland pass from Martz)

B–Strand 20 run (kick failed)

B–Strand 18 run (pass failed)

B–Safety

B–Strand 43 run (kick failed)

B–Meyer 11 run (Trowbridge run)

B–Strand 80 run (kick failed)

B–Strand 32 punt return (Settelmeyer kick)

B–Roste 7 run (no point after attemped)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: WCA, Wagner 4(-9), Koe. Seifert 12-22, Crow 1-0, Kashmark 2-(-2), Beuckens 3-(-15), Combs 1-(-3), Mickelsen 6-29, Dreschel 4-23, Larkin 3-15, Onstad 2-1. B, Strand 7-208, , Trowbridge 7-54, Meyer 4-34, Martz 1-0, Nosal 2-6, Anderson 2-2, Tweeton 2-7, Ishaug 1-6, McIntyre 1-4, Hochhalter 1-(-1), Tharaldson 1-8, Haugrud 1-5, John 1-5, Roste 1-14.

PASSING: WCA, Beuckens 2-5-2–9, Kashmark 0-1-0–0. B, Martz 4-4-0–95, Hochhalter 0-1-0–0.

RECEIVING: WCA, Combs 1-2, Zimmerman 1-7. B, Strand 1-35, Holland 3-60.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562