Speedy ‘Jacks top OttersPublished 9:09am Saturday, September 14, 2013
Fergus Falls fans showed up to celebrate their Otter Pride night Friday at the Kennedy Secondary football field.
Through the first half, the Otters gave the fans something to be proud of, but the visiting No. 5 (Class AAAAA) Bemidji Lumberjacks would spoil the celebration as a 28 point third quarter put the northern rivals out of reach in a 52-29 win.
The Otters started out hot as it marched down the field on a 13 play drive that finished with an Abram Aho plunge into the endzone.
The tide began to turn in the second half as the Lumberjacks were able to take its first drive of the half 68 yards to pay dirt as Boes gave Bemidji its first lead of the game.
The momentum would stay with Bemidji through the quarter as the Otters saw their visitor respond with three more touchdowns including a 10 yard pass from Hendricks to Moore, a 19 yard run by the quarterback and another pass from Hendricks to Ryan Hirt for 26 yards.
By the fourth quarter, the Otters were running out of energy as missed tackles and missed opportunities began to mount. The Lumberjacks would continue to pile on the points as Boes scampered into the end zone for 16 yard touchdown.
“Obviously, Bemidji’s speed puts a tremendous amount of pressure on our players,” Otter coach Steve Olson. “The depth and speed they have forces us to be perfect in our assignments every play and when you don’t do that, things like the second half happen.”
Fergus would finally get some points in the second half as they forced a safety as a high snap saw the Bemidji quarterback fall on the ball in the end zone.
Fergus fans would also get a glimpse of the future as freshman quarterback Peter Johnson called his own number and took the ball 55 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
“We are very excited about our freshman quarterback. Peter is a kid that if you put him at guard he is going to get the job done. He is a football player,” Olson said about Johnson.
Pearson finished the game with four catches for 150 yards and two scores. Rund would finish the evening going 6 for 16 for 190 yards in the air.
Hendricks did damage from both the ground and the air as the quarterback went 9 for 13 with three touchdowns and took off for 119 yards on 13 carries. Leading receiver for the Lumberjacks was Hirt with five catches for 115 yards and a score.
The Otters will look to rebound Friday as it hosts Sauk Rapids-Rice in a Central Lakes Conference match up at 7 p.m.