Vikings hold off Rebels 28-22: Bruggeman rushes for 4 TDs, 310 yardsPublished 12:01am Saturday, September 7, 2013
If Ryan Bruggeman’s shoulders are a little sore tomorrow, the Pelican Rapids Viking faithful will understand as the senior runningback torched the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels defense for 310 yards on 11 carries and scored all four of the Vikings’ touchdowns in a 28-22 win Friday.
Bruggeman and the Vikings kicked off the scoring as he broke through the Rebels front line and sprinted to a 76 yard scoring run. On the Vikings next drive, a familiar face found a seam for a 36 yard touchdown run. The Rebels continued to sputter offensively and Pelican Rapids continued to take advantage in the first quarter as Bruggeman juked past defenders for a 83 yard sprint and score.
The Rebels would finally make its mark late in the first quarter as Brandon Wayne scored a rushing touchdown from 13 yards out.
Neither team could find the right combination in the second quarter as they left for the locker room with the Vikings leading 21-6.
D-G-F knew that if they were going to hang in the game they would have to eliminate big plays, but Bruggeman did not get the message as the Viking rounded the corner on the way to his fourth touchdown run of the evening, this time for 82 yards out.
“He was exhausted,” Viking coach Dave Haugen said of Bruggeman’s play. “He broke all those big runs and had to play both ways. Somehow he kept going; he was a real warrior tonight.”
The Rebels may have been down, but they were definitely not out as quarterback Zack Nelson rushed for an 18 yard touchdown and runningback Chad Johnson rushed in the two point conversion to cut the lead to 28-14 at the end of the third.
In the fourth, D-G-F continued to eat away at the lead as Nelson found runningback Chase Schumann for a three yard touchdown pass. Johnson would once again tumble in the endzone for another two point conversion.
The crowd grew silent as the Rebels looked to steal the game away and they nearly did as they marched down to the Vikings goaline with 30 seconds left to play. With the game riding on the line, D-G-F fumbled the ball and the Vikings’ Robert Mazariegos fell on it to seal the deal for Pelican Rapids.
“It’s hard to put words to the win. The guys worked so hard and we came out and made one more play. It was a real confidence builder for us,” Haugen said.
The Vikings finished with 375 yards rushing in the game, while the Rebels finished with 378 yards on the ground.
The Vikings did not throw the ball much in the game but quarterback Blaine Gordon completed two passes for 34 yards.
The key to the game was the turnover battle as D-G-F gave away the ball six times compared the Pelican Rapids’ one lost fumble in the game.
The Vikings will now prepare for the Hawley Nuggets as they welcome in another Heart O’Lakes Conference foe Friday at 7 p.m.
Pelican Rapids 28,
First Downs 11 20
Rushing Yards 375 378
Passing Yard 34 28
Total Yards 409 406
Pass Comp/Att./Int 2-4-0 2-7-2
Interceptions 2 0
Fumbles lost 1 4
Penalties/yds. 6-50 3-15
PR: Ryan Bruggeman 76 yard run (Hobert Diaz kick)
PR: Bruggeman 36 yard run (Diaz kick)
PR: Bruggeman 83 yard run (Diaz kick)
DGF: Brandon Wayne 13 yard run (kick failed)
PR: Bruggeman 82 yard run (Diaz kick)
DGF: Zack Nelson 18 yard run (Chad Johnson run)
DGF: Nelson 3 yard pass to Chase Schumann (Johnson run).