Rebels raid Patriots
When a playoff game includes a team ranked in the top 10 of all teams within the class, it would be easy to assume that they will roll whomever they play, until the competition hypothetically evens out. But if sports history has shown anything, it's that the predicted outcome is rarely how things actually happen.
Such could have been the case on Thursday night when the Dilworth - Glyndon - Felton Rebels faced off against the Patriots of Pequot Lakes. For those who don't know, DGF has been ranked in state for much of the year and according to the latest poll is ranked at number five. Though it only shows the top 12 teams, the Patriots were absent from the list. But these are the playoffs so anything can happen in a win or go home game.
The Rebels got the game started on offense and didn't waste any time establishing themselves. Unless my notes are wrong, every play that they ran on the first drive were on the ground. With gains ranging from one or two yards to 17 or 19 yards they put together a 12 play, nearly 6 minute drive finished off by #22, Garrett Scheel.
On the ensuing possession by PL, the Patriots only managed four yards before having to punt away.
DGF didn't waste any time putting their foot on the gas. On the very first play of their next drive, the quarterback completed a pass to #44, Brandon Ciak, who took it 67 yards to the end zone.
Refusing to go punchless into basketball season, #4 Nathan Traut went 60 yards on the second play of the possession for the Patriots.
The teams traded punts for the next four possessions, until DGF went on another 10 play drive, capped off by another rushing score from Scheel one play after a pass to #6 Spencer Ewen, converted on a fourth and 14.
On the ensuing possession, PL opted to once again get explosive instead of taking the methodical approach that DGF had been using with a 77 yard passing touchdown to #13, Austin Young. Pequot Lakes continued their momentum with an interception a few plays into the next possession. With under two minutes to go in the half, the Patriots tried to work quickly but ended up having to punt after taking little more then a minute off the clock.
The Rebels couldn't capitalize either and instead opted to go into the locker room after attempting a few plays.
The second half was much less eventful. Each team scored a touchdown, with DGF also tacking on a field goal to put the finishing touches on their victory. DGF's touchdown of the half was on a reception by Ewen. A few possessions later, Pequot Lakes got their next touchdown, a one yard run by the quarterback - Max Tangen, but missed the extra point which left the game at a 28 - 20 margin.
The Rebels closed the game out the same was that they started, with a methodical rushing attack to eliminate time and capped it with the field goal to finish the scoring.
DGF touchdown (Scheel)
DGF touchdown (Ciak)
PL touchdown (Traut)
DGF touchdown (Scheel)
PL touchdown (Young)
DGF touchdown (Ewen)
PL touchdown (Tangen)
DGF field goal