WAUBUN — The Pelican Rapids football team could not make any headway Friday as the hosting Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds took care of things up front on the way to a 28-6 victory.
The Thunderbirds built a 14-0 lead in the first half as Tanner Pazdernik rushed for a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter and threw for one in the second to Koda Thompson for 4 yards.
The host began to pull away as the Thunderbirds added two additional touchdowns in the third, the first on a Jack Mille 7-yard run and the second coming from Brodie Bement as he broke away and went 47 yards to paydirt.
The Vikings would get on the board early in the final stanza as McHale Korf found Logan Fahje for a 22-yard touchdown pass, but the 2-point conversion after failed.
“Mahnomen-Waubun was able to control the line of scrimmage as they controlled the ball and the scoreboard,” Vikings head coach Dave Haugen said. “We were close to a couple of big plays but against a good team like Mahnomen-Waubun, you need to make the play when you get the chance as you don’t get many opportunities.
“I felt like we kept working and competing and actually improved as the game went on. If we can learn from this game and continue to improve we can still be successful moving forward.”
Korf led the Vikings in both passing and rushing as he went 6-for-13 with 62 yards and a touchdown through the air, while also compiling 55 yards on the ground on 14 carries. Fahje would catch five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown, while teammate Matt Ziebell led in tackles with 11.
The Vikings will look to get back on their feet as they host the Underwood Rockets at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.