Hayden Goethe, Published November 02 2013
Detroit Lakes clinches Class 4A state playoff berth
Section 8 championship game.
Senior quarterback Michael Herzog emerged from the group and scampered with teammates toward the Lakers fan section. With the trophy in both hands, Herzog made it no more than two strides before tumbling to the turf at Jake Christiansen Stadium after colliding with one of his coaches.
“My secondary coach hit me the hardest that I got hit all day,” Herzog said with a laugh.
DL defeated Thief River Falls 43-29 to secure its second straight berth in the state tournament. The Lakers (9-1) will face DeLaSalle in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Cloud State.
Herzog took plenty of hits during the game, rushing for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. He also threw for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Two of his carries picked up key first downs in the final minutes of the game.
The Lakers held a 35-14 lead in the third quarter, but the Prowlers (8-2) responded with two Ian Lund rushing touchdowns, trimming the DL lead to
35-29 with 6 minutes, 40 seconds left.
On the Lakers’ ensuing drive, DL faced a fourth-and-inches – the public-address announcer called it “fourth-and-a-fingernail” – from its 40-yard line.
Herzog picked up that first down on a short run behind the right side of his offensive line.
He then rushed for another first down two plays later on second-and-17 after DL was called for holding. Herzog ran up the middle before popping out to the left sideline for a 22-yard gain.
“Herzog’s a great athlete, and he puts in a lot of time,” Prowlers head coach Aric Attig said. “He’s worked hard to get to where he’s at.”
Jarett Nosal capped the Lakers’ final drive with a 17-yard touchdown run to ice the 14-point victory with 1:56 left. Nosal finished with a game-high 151 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
“He runs the ball really hard,” Attig said. “When you got a big, tough kid like that you got to tackle low, stay low. … He was able to shrug off a few tackles and make plays.”
Nathanael Holecek led the Prowlers with 87 yards rushing on eight carries, while TyJuan Brown had 81 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The Lakers snapped a
10-year state tournament berth drought last season, suffering a four-overtime loss to Prinecton in the quarterfinals. It’s a loss that still weighs heavily on the minds of many of the DL players.
“That’s all we’re thinking about right now is unfinished business,” Nosal said. “We just want to get down there and take it all the way.”
And Nosal was relieved to see Herzog in good spirits after his trip with the trophy.
“Thank God he didn’t get hurt,” Nosal said with a grin.
TRF 6 8 7 8–29
DL 14 14 7 8–43
TRF–Brown 15 run (kick blocked)
DL–Nosal 4 run (Payne kick)
DL–Herzog 3 run (Payne kick)
TRF–Brown 35 run (Nelson run)
DL–Paskey 12 run (Payne kick)
DL–Herzog 2 run (Payne kick)
DL–Cihak 28 pass from Herzog (Payne kick)
TRF–Lund 3 run (Kruse kick)
TRF–Lund 2 run (Finseth pass from Nelson)
DL–Nosal 17 run (Cihak pass from Herzog)
RUSHING: TRF, N. Holecek 8-87, Brown 10-81, Lund 12-52, Finseth 4-16, Kruse 1-(minus-2), Nelson 4-(minus-7). DL, Nosal 16-151, Herzog 30-143, Paskey 3-19.
PASSING: TRF, Nelson 7-18-1 110 yards. DL, Herzog 8-12-1 72.
RECEIVING: TRF, Joppru 2-46, Finseth 3-43, Storm 2-21. DL, Cihak 3-49, Hedstrom 2-16, Champa 2-5, Peskey 2-2.
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