Football: Menahga compiles 376 yards in win over W-H-A

Four different players score TDs in a 34-12 victory.

Quincy Jantz (left) rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown while quarterback Brock Berttunen (right) completed 10 of 15 passes for 166 yards and a TD in Menahga's 34-12 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Sept. 23, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise
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WALKER – Quincy Jantz rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown while Reid Pinoniemi rushed for a pair of scores in leading the Menahga football team to a 34-12 Section 6A and Northwest South District victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Sept. 23.

After a scoreless first quarter, Jantz’s 4-yard TD run, Ryan Tolkkinen’s 18-yard TD run and Pinoniemi’s 43-yard TD run gave the Braves a 20-0 lead at the half.

Isaiah Usher’s 5-yard TD reception from Brock Berttunen pushed the lead to 28-0 in the third quarter. The Wolves scored on a 49-yard run to make it 28-6 entering the final period.

Pinoniemi’s 13-yard TD run gave Menahga a 34-6 advantage before the Wolves concluded the scoring on a 48-yard TD run.

The Braves finished with 376 yards in offense, including 210 on the ground, with Pinoniemi adding 59 yards on three carries. Berttunen completed 10 of 15 passes for 166 yards with Tolkkinen making six receptions for 87 yards. Usher caught two passes for 41 yards and Jantz had a 33-yard reception.


Pinoniemi led Menahga’s defense with 11 tackles while Jantz made 10 tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage. Cooper Hasbargen had three tackles for losses as the Braves improved to 2-2 on the season. W-H-A fell to 0-4.

In the other Week 4 Section 6A games, New York Mills blanked Pine River-Backus 12-0, Ottertail Central defeated Roseau 27-8, Breckenridge shut out Underwood 42-0 and Lake Park-Audubon defeated Fosston 52-6. In the other district games, Wadena-Deer Creek shut out Red Lake 56-0 and Bagley lost to Polk County West 42-26.

New York Mills and OTC top the section standings at 4-0 with PR-B at 3-1 and Breckenridge joining Menahga at 2-2. LP-A is 1-3 with Underwood joining W-H-A at 0-4. W-DC is 3-1, Bagley is 1-3 and Red Lake is 0-4 in the district standings.

Menahga hosts Red Lake this Friday night (Sept. 30) with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Menahga 0 20 8 6…34

W-H-A 0 0 6 6…12


M–Jantz 4 run (PAT good)

M–Tolkkinen 18 run (PAT failed)

M–Pinoniemi 43 run (PAT failed)

M–Usher 5 pass from Br. Berttunen (PAT good)

M–Pinoniemi 13 run (PAT failed)


RUSHING: Jantz 19-127, Pinoniemi 3-59, Tolkkinen 2-19, Br. Berttunen 1-3, Bernardo 4-2, Isola 1-0.

PASSING: Br. Berttunen 10-15-0 for 166 yards.

RECEIVING: Tolkkinen 6-87, Usher 2-41, Jantz 1-33, L. Peterson 1-5.

KICKOFF RETURNS: Tolkkinen 1-17, Bernardo 1-9.


TACKLES (SOLO-ASSISTS): Pinoniemi 6-5, Jantz 1-9, Tolkkinen 2-5, S. Hendrickson 0-7, M. Peterson 2-3, Hasbargen 2-3, Pietila 0-5, B. Hendrickson 2-2, Isola 1-3, Usher 2-1, Foley 2-1, L. Peterson 1-2, Jettmann 0-2, Carstensen 0-2, Livingston 0-2, Bo. Berttunen 1-0, Br. Berttunen 0-1, Bernardo 0-1, Lusti 0-1.

QUARTERBACK SACKS: Hasbargen 1, Foley 1.

TACKLES FOR LOSS: Hasbargen 3, Jantz 2, Tolkkinen 1, Foley 1, S. Hendrickson 1, Bernardo 1, Pietila 1, Lusti 1.

KICKOFFS: M. Peterson 6-271.

PUNTS: Jantz 4-148.

Gavin Kestner plans to transfer to North Dakota State University next month to pursue a degree in computer science with an emphasis on cybersecurity.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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