Football: D-G-F backs up state ranking with 48-6 win over Park Rapids
Jordan Summers leads the way for the No. 5-rated Rebels by rushing for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
GLYNDON – Jordan Summers has been the workhorse offensively for the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton football team all season.
The senior running back entered a Section 8AAA and Midwest Red District game against Park Rapids with 127 carries for 913 yards and 12 touchdowns for the No. 5-rated team among Class AAA teams.
Summers continued to lead the Rebels’ offense in Week 5, surpassing 1,000 yards by rushing for 194 yards on 18 carries and scoring twice as D-G-F remained undefeated on the season with a 48-6 win over the Panthers on Friday, Sept. 30.
“It was an awakening for our kids to see what a top-ranked team in the state is supposed to look like. D-G-F has a load of talent and even more guys that are big, strong and physical. There's a reason why they've owned Section 8AAA now for a few years,” said Park Rapids head coach Jeremy Nordick. “That being said, it was a great experience for our guys to take in the whole atmosphere as to what football tradition is supposed to look like, from the guys on the field to the fans and student body in the stands. Some of the glaring differences, aside from the size of D-G-F kids to ours, is the mental, emotional toughness and swagger.”
D-G-F scored on seven of its eight possessions in building a 48-0 lead en route to the win.
On the opening series, the Rebels marched 80 yards in only five plays to open the scoring. Summers followed gains of 31 yards and 34 yards with a 16-yard TD run and conversion as the Rebels claimed an 8-0 lead just 1:28 into the game.
Luke Hartung caught a 13-yard pass from Noah Morris, but the Panthers were forced to punt on their first possession.
A seven-play, 55-yard scoring drive followed as D-G-F extended its lead to 15-0. Summers rushed twice for 16 yards to set up a 33-yard pass from Owen Leach to Nicholas Waale with 6:31 to play in the first quarter.
After both teams exchanged fumbles, the Panthers put together a scoring threat when Matt Johanning followed a 13-yard reception with a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1 to reach the D-G-F 30. That drive stalled at the 23.
The Rebels then went on a 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive. Summers’ five carries for 49 yards, a Park Rapids penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and Brady O’Keefe’s 25-yard TD reception were the key plays in that series as the Rebels led 21-0 with 6:42 to play in the first half.
Park Rapids was forced to punt on the ensuing series and D-G-F put together a nine-play, 59-yard scoring drive with Summers rushing six times for 40 yards, capped off with a 3-yard TD run. With 56 seconds left, the Rebels led 28-0.
The Panthers opened the second half with a punt and D-G-F pushed its lead to 35-0 with a quick five-play, 80-yard drive. Summers’ 14-yard reception and Waale’s 12-yard run set up a 39-yard scoring run by Brody Friend with 8:23 to play in the third quarter.
After forcing another Park Rapids punt, the Rebels went 46 yards in five plays to push their lead to 41-0. Friend concluded that drive with a 26-yard TD run at the 5:16 mark.
The Panthers lost possession on downs at the D-G-F 48 and the Rebels needed only three plays to score again as a 40-yard TD run by Dylan Bitker made it 48-0 with 9:03 to play.
Park Rapids, which was coming off a 50-0 loss to Pequot Lakes, avoided another shutout by ending the game with an 11-play, 60-yard scoring drive. Reserve quarterback Carter Hirt started the drive by rushing six times for 23 yards and finding Blake Morris on a 20-yard route and Landon Strasburg for a 13-yard gain. Hirt capped off the drive with a 6-yard TD run.
The Panthers managed 176 yards in offense with Noah Morris completing 11 of 20 passes for 64 yards and rushing nine times for 28 yards. Hartung was the leading receiver, catching six passes for 40 yards as Park Rapids fell to 0-5 on the season.
Leach completed 5 of 7 passes for 79 yards and Friend added 71 yards on three carries as the Rebels finished with 386 yards in offense. The Rebels, who lead the section by averaging 34.6 points a game while allowing only 15.8 points a game, improved to 5-0.
In the other Week 5 Section 8AAA games, Perham edged Fergus Falls 22-20, East Grand Forks topped Thief River Falls 14-7 and Roseau lost to Breckenridge 49-16. Following D-G-F in the section standings are Perham at 3-2, East Grand Forks at 2-3, and Thief River Falls, Fergus Falls and Roseau at 1-4. In the other Midwest Red District game, Pequot Lakes defeated Detroit Lakes (which was rated No. 10 in the state Class AAAA poll) 35-21 as both teams are now 4-1.
Park Rapids will host Pelican Rapids (which is 4-1 on the season) this Friday night (Oct. 7). Kickoff at Vern Weekley Field is set for 7 p.m.
“D-G-F kids step on the field knowing that they're going to win. Right now, we step on the field hoping to win. We need to continue to develop that confidence and winning mentality, which is very tough to do when you are struggling to get a win,” said Nordick. “There is plenty of fight left in this staff and this football team. We are looking forward to growing and getting better next week.”