New York Mills rushed for 276 yards and five touchdowns offensively while holding Menahga’s offense to only 114 total yards in a 39-0 victory in the Braves’ homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 8.

The Eagles scored on TD runs of 38, 69 and 5 yards in building a 23-0 lead after the first quarter.

After a scoreless second quarter, New York Mills concluded the scoring with TD runs of 11 yards in the third quarter and 35 yards in the fourth quarter as the Braves were shut out for the first time this season.

Leading Menahga’s offense in this Northwest South District game was Ethan Hendrickson, who completed 6 of 12 passes for 28 yards and rushed 22 times for 93 yards. Isaiah Usher caught three passes for 16 yards and Ryan Tolkkinen had two receptions for 13 yards.

Shawn Hendrickson led the Braves’ defense with nine tackles (including four solo tackles and three tackles behind the line of scrimmage). Toby Isola was also in on nine tackles and Ethan Hendrickson and Riley Sundstrom played a role in six tackles each.

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The loss dropped Menahga’s record to 3-3. New York Mills, which was rated No. 13 in the latest state Class A poll, improved to 5-0.

In the other Week 6 games involving district teams, Pine River-Backus defeated Ada-Borup West 35-26 and Wadena-Deer Creek blanked Bagley 54-0. The Eagles lead the district standings while Pine River-Backus is 5-1 and W-DC sits at 4-2.

In Section 6A play, Ottertail Central defeated Staples-Motley 47-12, Breckenridge lost to West Central Area 42-27, Underwood topped Parkers Prairie 14-8 and Lake Park-Audubon lost to Polk County West 37-6. OTC leads the section ranks with a 6-0 record with NYM, PR-B and Breckenridge (4-2) following.

Menahga travels to Oklee to play Red Lake County Central this Friday night (Oct. 15) with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

New York Mills 23 0 8 8...39
Menahga 0 0 0 0...0
RUSHING: E. Hendrickson 22-93, Tolkinen 1-0, A. Pietila 3-(-3).
PASSING: E. Hendrickson 6-12-0 for 28 yards.
RECEIVING: Usher 3-16, Tolkkinen 2-13, Torma 1-(-1).
KICKOFF RETURNS: E. Hendrickson 2-15, A. Pietila 2-11.
SOLO TACKLES: S. Hendrickson 4, E. Hendrickson 2, Usher 2, Hasbargen 2, Isola 2, Tolkkinen 1, Rasmussen 1, Korvela 1, Howard 1, Kipka 1.
ASSISTED TACKLES: Isola 7, Sundstrom 6, S. Hendrickson 5, Peterson 5, E. Hendrickson 4, T. Pietila 4, Rasmussen 3, Bo. Berttunen 3, Kipka 2, Usher 1, Tolkkinen 1, Korvela 1, Bernardo 1.
QUARTERBACK SACKS: Isola 1, S. Hendrickson 1.
TACKLES FOR LOSS: S. Hendrickson 3, Kipka 1, Isola 1.