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Won for the birds: Staples-Motley scores three first-half touchdowns in victory over D-G-F

GLYNDON, Minn. - Everybody knows Staples-Motley has a pretty good defense. The Cardinals showed on Friday they could come up with some big offensive plays, too. Staples-Motley scored three touchdowns in the first half - one on fourth down, one to...

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Zack Askelson
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Zack Askelson leaps over teammate Bennett Mercil while running from the Staples-Motley defense Friday in Glyndon. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

GLYNDON, Minn. - Everybody knows Staples-Motley has a pretty good defense.

The Cardinals showed on Friday they could come up with some big offensive plays, too.

Staples-Motley scored three touchdowns in the first half - one on fourth down, one to cap a 13-play drive and another on a big play before the half - to earn a 20-7 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

All three of Staples-Motley's touchdown runs came on option plays.

"We have been running that option a long time," Cardinals head coach Ryan Beachy said. "That's our game, and we were very disciplined again out there.

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"This was the biggest game of the year for us so far, and we knew we were going to have to get some things done against a very good defense."

The Cardinals (6-0) came into the game ranked sixth in Minnesota's Class 3A, while the Rebels (5-1) are ranked sixth in Class 2A.

Staples-Motley's defense was also as good as advertised, holding D-G-F to just 81 rushing yards on 36 carries (2.3 yards per carry).

"They've got some solid guys on the line and that lets them move their linebackers around," D-G-F head coach Tony Soderberg said. "And their quarterback was so good at running their system.

"That's a pretty good team over there."

Staples-Motley's first score came with 47 seconds left in the first quarter when Blake Petrich darted in for a 23-yard score on fourth-and-4.

On their next possession, the Cardinals went 80 yards in 13 plays and lopped 5 minutes, 1 second off the clock before Alex Jansson scrambled in from 17 yards out.

Jansson added a 57-yard scoring scamper with just 27 seconds to go before halftime to make it 20-0.

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"Both of these teams have been waxing people all year, so I was just happy to be able to have some kind of a lead on a pretty good football team," Beachy said. "But they did start to cover our option in the second half."

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's only points came on a 40-yard punt return for a touchdown by Bennett Mercil with 4:44 to go in the third quarter.

But after the score, the Rebels didn't get another first down until there was 3:20 left in the game.

The Rebels defense was also sharp in the second half, as the Cardinals managed just one first down over the final two quarters.

"I don't think that late touchdown of theirs deflated our guys, because we did pretty good against them in the second half," Soderberg said. "...Having one loss on your record isn't bad, because it gives you that taste in your mouth that isn't a good taste."

Staples-Motley 8 12 0 0-20

D-G-F 0 0 7 0-7

SM: Petrich 23 run (Hoemberg run)

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SM: Jansson 17 run (run failed)

SM: Jansson 57 run (pass failed)

DGF: Mercil 40 punt return (Gilles kick)

RUSHING: SM, Jansson 15-90, Petrich 12-73, Hoemberg 13-39, Kadlec 4-13, B. Flickinger 1-3, Hales 2-1, Wing 2-0. DGF, Mercil 17-49, Askelson 11-22, Roelofs 5-13, Gilles 3-(minus 3).

PASSING: SM, Jansson 1-3-0, 12 yards. Gilles 4-16-1, 60 yards; Askelson 0-1-0, 0 yards.

RECEIVING: SM, Roberts 1-12. DGF: Dejong 2-46, Roelofs 1-12, Askelson 1-2.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548

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