Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton controlled the line of scrimmage in posting a 37-0 victory over the Park Rapids football team at Vern Weekley Field on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
D-G-F entered this game that was moved up two days because of a predicted winter storm for Oct. 11 as the top seed in the Section 8AAA standings and rated No. 7 in the latest state Class AAA Associated Press poll.
The Rebels demonstrated whey they deserved that status by compiling 379 yards in offense while holding Park Rapids to a season-low 98 offensive yards.
On the third play from scrimmage, Justin Wang broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run as D-G-F led 6-0 just 1:22 into the game. On the Rebels’ next play from scrimmage, Carter Kohler scored on a 50-yard TD run and Wang ran in the conversion to extend the lead to 14-0 with 8:35 to play in the first half.
The Rebels carried a 30-0 lead into the half by scoring twice in the final 2:46.
Payton Doran hit Ben Edeen on a 9-yard scoring route and Wang caught the conversion pass for a 22-0 lead at the 2:46 mark before an interception by Owen Leach set up a 35-yard TD pass from Doran to Wang. Kohler caught the conversion pass with :35 remaining before the intermission.
An interception by Ethan John on the Panthers’ opening series of the second half set up a 10-yard TD run by Cade Sogge. Keaton Ring kicked the extra point to give the Rebels a 37-0 lead with 4:57 to play in the third quarter.
D-G-F had another opportunity to score, but Donavan Verdi’s 47-yard TD run was called back because of an illegal block.
The Panthers, who were held to 24 yards on 22 plays in the first half, had their best drive of the game on their final possession. Josiah May followed an 8-yard run with a 12-yard pass to Max Crist. A 13-yard run by May and a 10-yard pass from Noah Morris to Luke Hartung drove Park Rapids to the D-G-F 15 when time expired.
Kohler rushed 11 times for 126 yards and Wang added 117 yards on 13 carries as the Rebels compiled 311 yards on the ground.
May completed 3 of 6 passes for 22 yards and rushed six times for 39 yards to lead the Panthers’ offense. Defensively, Joey Stachowski (11), Caleb David (9), Tristan Hill (8), Gabe Arola (8), Jeff Haas (7), Kaden Safratowich (7) and Sam Reish (6) were the top tacklers.
The win lifted D-G-F to 6-1 on the season while the Panthers fell to 0-7.
Park Rapids will conclude the regular season with another section game at Thief River Falls on Wednesday (Oct. 16). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.