Pequot Lakes' defense sparks win over Panthers

Four interceptions help Patriots post 35-21 win, drop Park Rapids football team to 0-5

Pequot Lakes' Bode Magnuson stiff-armed Park Rapids' Lane Monaghan (9) on a run during the Patriots' homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 27. Dan Determan / Forum News Service

Late in the first half, the Park Rapids football team held a 14-13 lead against Pequot Lakes in a Section 8AAA clash for Pequot Lakes’ homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 27.

The Patriots responded with a touchdown to take the lead going into the intermission and shut down Park Rapids’ offense in the second half for a 35-14 victory.

Pequot Lakes’ defense was the difference. Recovering a bad snap on a punt and intercepting two passes set up three Pequot Lakes touchdowns while two other interceptions by the Patriots stopped two Park Rapids scoring drives.

Bode Magnuson’s 28-yard run opened the game and a 14-yard reception by Magnuson led Pequot Lakes to the Park Rapids 20, but the Panthers’ defense held.

Three plays later, Magnuson intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Patriots a 6-0 lead with 7:36 to play in the first quarter.


Park Rapids responded with an 11-play, 69-yard scoring drive. A 24-yard pass from Jens Anderson to Nick Michaelson, a 15-yard run by Caleb David and a 15-yard reception by James Hartig set up a 22-yard TD pass from Anderson to Michaelson on fourth-and-14. With 2:07 remaining in the first quarter, the game was tied at 6-6.

On the ensuing series, a personal-foul penalty and a 43-yard TD pass from Cale Wolf to Dalton Ackerman sparked a quick four-play, 72-yard scoring drive. Ackerman’s kick gave Pequot Lakes a 13-6 lead with :06 showing in the first quarter.

The Panthers responded with another scoring threat as a 14-yard reception by Jeff Haas, a 15-yard reception by David and a 9-yard carry by David led to a first down at the Pequot Lakes 14. That drive stalled when Ryan Harmala intercepted a pass in the end zone.

An 18-yard run by Magnuson and personal-foul penalty led the Patriots to the Park Rapids 45. The Panthers held and forced a punt.

Park Rapids took over at its own 3. Following a facemask penalty, Anderson hit Joe Klein on an 81-yard TD pass. Anderson ran in the conversion and the Panthers led 14-13 with 4:30 to play in the first half.

Pequot Lakes quickly responded as a 47-yard run by Zach Jorgens and another personal-foul penalty set up an 8-yard TD reception by Magnuson. Alex Morgan caught the conversion pass as the Patriots led 21-14 with 3:15 to go before the intermission. That five-play drive covered 62 yards.

On the ensuing series, Anderson hit Haas on a 10-yard route and rushed for 13 yards before a facemask penalty and 11-yard pass to Michaelson led to a first down at the Pequot Lakes 26. An incomplete pass ended the half.

The Panthers ran 37 plays in the first half for 15 first downs with Anderson throwing for 193 yards. However, nine penalties for 75 yards and the two interceptions proved costly.


Pequot Lakes’ defense dominated the second half by forcing two more turnovers while holding the Panthers to only 20 yards in offense.

Both teams opened the second half with punts. Park Rapids was forced to punt again when a bad snap gave the Patriots possession at the 19.

A 14-yard run by Jorgens set up a 4-yard TD reception by Ackerman, who kicked the extra point to give Pequot Lakes a 28-14 lead with 5:00 remaining in the third quarter.

Two possessions later, Harmala intercepted a pass as Pequot Lakes took over at the Park Rapids 34. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Magnuson’s 26-yard TD reception and Ackerman’s kick made it 35-14.

After forcing another punt, the Patriots marched to the Park Rapids 26, but that drive stalled.

The Panthers were forced to punt again, but recovered a fumble three plays later. A personal-foul penalty and a pass interference call provided a first down at the Pequot Lakes 20, but Vinny Sposito intercepted a pass at the 6 to end the game.

The win lifted Pequot Lakes to 3-2 on the season while the Panthers fell to 0-5.

In the other Week 5 Section 8AAA games, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton edged Perham 42-34, Fergus Falls defeated Thief River Falls 28-14, Detroit Lakes routed East Grand Forks 63-7 and Roseau fell to Staples-Motley 38-6. D-G-F took over sole possession of first place in the section standings at 5-0 while Perham fell to 4-1. Fergus Falls, East Grand Forks and Roseau are 2-3 while Thief River Falls fell to 0-5.


Park Rapids will host Fergus Falls for homecoming this Friday night (Oct. 4). Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Vern Weekley Field.

Park Rapids 6 8 0 0...14
Pequot Lakes 13 8 7 7...35
PL-B. Magnuson 30 interception return (Ackerman kick)
PR-Michaelson 22 pass from Anderson (run failed)
PL-Ackerman 43 pass from Wolf (Ackerman kick)
PR-Klein 81 pass from Anderson (Anderson run)
PL-B. Magnuson 8 pass from Wolf (Morgan pass from Wolf)
PL-Ackerman 4 pass from Wolf (Ackerman kick)
PL-B. Magnuson 26 pass from Wolf (Ackerman kick)

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