Frazee to host Thief River Falls on Friday night
By Chad Koenen
Six turnovers and a tough Underwood rushing attack was too much for Frazee to overcome on Friday night as the Hornets fell to the Rockets by a score of 20-6. The game was just a one score difference until a late Rocket touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“When you turn the ball over and it is a short field for those guys it is tough,” he said. “It just came down to execution too.”
In a wild first minute of action, the Rockets picked off Zach Longfors and returned the interception for a touchdown just 13 seconds in the game. They were able to convert the two-point conversion to jump out to an 8-0 lead.
On the ensuing kick off, Jake Nagel took the kick and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown to make the game 8-6 in favor of Underwood just over 30 seconds into the game.
The game remained 8-6 until the 3:42 mark of the second quarter when Blayre Lundgren scored on a 2-yard run to make the score 14-6 in favor of Underwood heading into halftime.
The game remained just one score until there was just 4 minutes left in the game when Brien Poser scored on a 34-yard touchdown run. The Rockets converted the two-point conversion to make the game 20-6, where it would eventually end.
The Rockets didn’t complete a pass in the game and threw a pair of interceptions to Frazee. As a team, the Rockets held a 196 to 91 yard advantage in total offense. Frazee rushed for 53 yards and added another 10 yards on 2-6 passing.
Frazee turned the ball over six times, including the pick six on the opening drive of the game. They had 2 interceptions and 4 fumbles in the loss.
Individually, Tyler Moe led the way offensively with 83 yards on 14 carries, while Zach Longfors went 2-6 passing for 10 yards and an interception. Nagel was the leading receiver with 8 yards on 1 catch, while Moe had 1 catch for 2 yards.
Hackel said the Hornets are young, but will look to overcome the hurdles they face in games and look to get back in the win column this week. He was pleased in how the defense has played so far this season as they have been doing a good job of keeping the Hornets in the game.
“Our defense played very well. Our defense is what has kept us in games and that is our style now. Keep the game close and run the ball,” he said.
The loss drops the Hornets to 1-4 on the season as they will look to rebound this week against Thief River Falls at home. The game will start a three game home stand for the Hornets to end the regular season after starting the season with four of their first five games on the road.
“It is something we can build on for our kids to have the opportunity to make the best of that situation. It is good to be home and get homecoming in,” said Hackel.
Hackel said Thief River Falls runs a similar offense as Underwood, which focuses on running the football and ball control.
The Prowlers come into the game with a record of 1-4 overall, but play a mostly Class AAA schedule. Their lone win of the season came against Fergus Falls on Sept. 24 when they beat the Otters by a score of 10-7. They come into the game averaging 6.2 points per game on offense and give up 18.4 points per game on defense.
The Hornets are averaging 13.4 points per game on offense and give up 22.8 points per game on defense.