WADENA — The Pelican Rapids Vikings defense was stout Friday as it blanked the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 32-0.
The Vikings took the lead in the middle of the first quarter as Jayden Rutherford took the ball in from 11 yards out. The two-point conversion after failed putting the score at 6-0. Pelican Rapids would build a comfortable lead in the second quarter as quarterback McHale Korf found Logan Fahje for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Korf would hookup with Rutherford for a 4-yard touchdown pass just before half. After two failed attempts Pelican Rapids would cash-in Johnny Ziebell ran in the two-point play to give the visiting team a 20-0 lead.
The second half started slow as neither team scored in the third quarter. The Vikings would seal the game for good with two touchdown in the fourth quarter. The first would come on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Korf to Fahje and the second a 5-yard run from Rutherford.
“I was real pleased with our defensive effort,” Vikings head coach Dave Haugen said. “Our tackling and pursuit both seemed better than what he had done the previous games.”
The Vikings defense limited the Wolverines to 110 yards of total offense with 71 coming through the air.
Korf would lead the ground attack for the Vikings with 111 yards on 13 carries and go 6-of-12 for 116 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Fahje finished with four receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
The Vikings will look to remain undefeated as they travel to take on Mahnomen-Waubun at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.