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Football: Braves end regular season with 44-14 loss

Mahnomen-Waubun builds 31-0 halftime lead in win at Menahga.

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Mahnomen-Waubun built a 31-0 halftime lead en route to a 44-14 victory over Menahga in the regular-season finale football game at Menahga on Oct. 20.

After both teams exchanged fumbles to start the game, M-W took an 8-0 lead on Dennis Ashley’s 27-yard TD run with 2:54 to play in the first quarter. A 36-yard reception by Will Olson set up that score.

The Thunderbirds scored on all three of their possessions in the second quarter to take a commanding lead. Curtis Bellefuille followed a 41-yard reception by Olson with a 4-yard TD run at the 6:24 mark to make it 16-0. Will Starkey’s 1-yard TD run at the 2:21 mark pushed the lead to 24-0 before Olson’s 30-yard TD reception from Ashley with 28 seconds remaining gave M-W a 31-0 lead at the break.

Menahga took advantage of a fumbled punt as Connor Korvela’s 37-yard reception set up a 1-yard TD plunge by quarterback Ethan Hendrickson. That cut the deficit to 31-6 with 10:51 to play.

M-W responded with Bean Hoban’s 34-yard TD reception from Loden Clark at the 6:02 mark and Dominick Nelson’s 10-yard TD run.

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Hendrickson concluded the scoring with a 60-yard TD run on the final play of the game.

Hendrickson completed 6 of 10 passes for 111 yards and rushed 17 times for 82 yards to lead the Braves’ offense. Korvala had three receptions for 82 yards as Menahga had 242 offensive yards in falling to 3-5.

Quincy Jantz was in on 12 tackles and Hendrickson had 11 tackles defensively. Logan Torma recovered a fumble.

Ashley completed 4 of 4 passes for 133 yards and rushed 13 times for 99 yards as M-W compiled 397 yards offensively to improve to 7-1. The Thunderhawks were rated No. 4 in the latest state Class A poll.

In the other Week 8 games involving Section 6A and Northwest South District teams, Ottertail Central blanked Parkers Prairie 28-0, New York Mills lost to Polk County West 28-14, Pine River-Backus edged Wadena-Deer Creek 16-14, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley topped Bagley 41-20, Red Lake had to forfeit to Fosston, Lake Park-Audubon lost to Warroad 24-0, Breckenridge lost to Pelican Rapids 16-21 and Underwood fell to West Central Area 32-6.

OTC finished 8-0 in the section with PR-B (7-1), NYM (6-1), Breckenridge (4-4), Underwood (3-5), LP-A (2-6) and W-H-A (1-6) following. New York Mills ended district play with a 5-0 record with PR-B (4-1), W-DC (3-2), Menahga (3-3), W-H-A (1-3), Red Lake (0-2) and Bagley (0-5) following.

Menahga received the No. 6 seed for the Section 6A playoffs and will travel to No. 3 New York Mills for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Mahnomen-Waubun 8 23 0 13...44
Menahga 0 0 0 14...14
SCORING
MW-Ashley 27 run (Ellis run)
MW-Bellefuille 4 run (Bellefuille run)
MW-Starkey 1 run (Bellefuille run)
MW-Olson 30 pass from Ashley (Ashley kick)
M-E. Hendrickson 1 run (pass failed)
MW-Hoban 34 pass from Clark (run failed)
MW-Nelson 10 run (Donner kick)
M-E. Hendrickson 60 run (PAT good)
OFFENSIVE STATISTICS
RUSHING. Mahnomen-Waubun: Ashley 13-99, Starkey 10-84. Menahga: E. Hendrickson 17-82, Torma 8-40, Rasmussen 1-9.
PASSING. Mahnomen-Waubun: Ashley 4-4-0 for 133 yards; Clark 1-1-0 for 34 yards. Menahga: E. Hendrickson 6-10-0 for 111 yards.
RECEIVING. Mahnomen-Waubun: Olson 3-120, Hoban 1-34, Clark 1-13. Menahga: Korvela 3-82, A. Pietila 3-29.
MENAHGA DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
SOLO TACKLES: Jantz 3, E. Hendrickson 2, A. Pietila 1, Tolkkinen 1, Rasmussen 1, Torma 1, Peterson 1, Usher 1, Delaske 1, Howard 1, Hasbargen 1, Gonska 1.
ASSISTED TACKLES: Jantz 9, E. Hendrickson 9, Tolkkinen 3, Delaske 3, Howard 3, Korvela 3, Sunstrom 3, Bernardo 3, Rasmussen 2, Peterson 2, Torma 1, Usher 1, Gonska 1, T. Pietila 1.
TACKLES FOR LOSS: E. Hendrickson 1, Rasmussen 1, Peterson 1, Korvela 1.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Torma 1.

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