First-year head coach Kevin Sommers has seen steady improvement from the Menahga football team this season.
The Braves were planning on playing only a junior varsity schedule this season after ending their cooperative with Sebeka as the United North Central Warriors. However, the Braves have played three varsity games so far this fall.
Browerville/Eagle Valley defeated the Braves 54-20 on Oct. 9 at Browerville. Brock Berttunen completed 12 of 22 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown and rushed nine times for 87 yards and two scores to lead Menahga’s offense. Berttunen scored on a 55-yard run in the first quarter and followed with a 3-yard TD run in the second quarter as Menahga trailed 41-12 at the half. Berttunen hit Ethan Hendrickson on an 18-yard scoring pass and Ivan Anderson ran in the conversion to conclude the scoring in the fourth quarter.
Charlie Hodge had seven receptions for 62 yards, Isaiah Usher caught three passes for 37 yards and Hendrickson had two receptions for 25 yards. Hendrickson also added 52 yards on 15 carries. B/EV is currently 3-0 on the season.
Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal defeated the Braves 18-8 on Oct. 14 at Menahga. Hendrickson rushed 18 times for 76 yards and a TD and Usher ran in the conversion to account for Menahga’s scoring. Berttunen completed four passes for 69 yards and rushed seven times for 40 yards. Anderson had 13 yards on three carries while Hodge had two receptions for 59 yards and intercepted a pass. Logan Torma contributed a sack on defense. NCE/UH is 2-1 on the season.
Warroad was scheduled to play at Bagley on Oct. 23, but that game was canceled. Instead, the Warriors traveled to Menahga and posted a 46-8 victory. Torma scored on a 10-yard run for the Braves’ lone TD. Menahga was held to 93 yards in offense with Hendrickson leading the way with 13 carries for 48 yards. Nick Treinen added 29 yards on five carries. Bodie Berttunen completed 1 of 3 passes for 11 yards as the Braves fell to 0-3.
“We are fighting hard and getting better every day,” said Sommers.