Frazee falls to Barnesville 48-0 to end season
By Chad Koenen
The Frazee Hornets finished with the second most wins in the program since 2019, only topped by last year’s 6-4 season, after defeating Warroad in the opening round of the section tournament last week. The Hornets defeated Warroad by a score of 35-18, before falling to Barnesville 48-0 on Saturday to end their season with a record of 4-6 overall.
“Overall a really good season. Our seniors have been a staple for our program, looking back they were the Covid boys,” said head coach Russ Hackel of this year’s seniors who were freshmen during the COVID-19 pandemic. “They came in a time when they were freshmen when leadership wasn’t as good and I think these kids have grown into helping to be good leaders.”
Hackel said he will really miss this year’s group of seniors who have endured quite a bit of challenges during their time at the school, including the COVID-19 shortened season, as well as nearly two years of road games due to the football field being reconstructed in Frazee. He said the group really stepped up and grew into the leadership position to lead the program.
“I’m going to miss this group of seniors they are a solid group,” said Hackel.
The fourth seeded Hornets defeated fifth seeded Warroad for the second time this season, this time by a score of 35-18.
The Hornets took an early 22-8 lead at halftime thanks to a pair of Brady Crabtree touchdown runs and an Adam Vigen interception he returned for a touchdown in the first half.
Crabtree finished with 6 carries for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first half, while Tyler Moe rushed 4 times for 26 yards in the first half. Cade Nagel added 2 rushes for 8 yards, while Vigen rushed for 4 yards and went 3-4 passing for 13 yards in the opening half.
Asher Blaine caught a pair of passes for 8 yards, while Nagel caught 1 pass for 5 yards.
“That was probably the big key for everybody. That changes the game pretty quickly to have a pick 6 for a touchdown, but to do it twice (was big),” said head coach Russ Hackel.
Tyler Moe added a second pick 6 in the second half to give the Hornets a much needed boost on both the offensive and defensive end of the field.
Defensively the Hornets held Warroad to just 85 yards of total offense.
Frazee ran into a buzz saw on Saturday when the Hornets traveled to top ranked and top seeded Barnesville. The Trojans used a punishing rushing attack that racked up 449 yards on the ground and 494 total yards of offense on their way to a 48-0 win over the Hornets.
Barnesville got on the scoreboard for the first time when Peyton Amundson caught a 5-yard pass from Gannon Bolgrean, before the Trojans scored on a 36-yard run to make the score 12-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Bolgrean opened the second quarter with a 63-yard touchdown run, before Major Ness scored on a 5-yard run to make the score 26-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Trojans found the end zone for two more touchdowns on a Zach Bredman 21-yard touchdown run and another 9-yard touchdown run to make the score 42-0 heading into the fourth quarter. Both two-point conversion were good in the third quarter.
It was more of the same in the fourth quarter as the Trojans scored on a 65-yard run to make the score 48-0 in favor of Barnesville.
As a team the Hornets picked up 80 yards of total offense, including 58 yards on the ground. Frazee went just 1-7 on third downs, but turned the ball over just one time in the loss.
Brady Crabtree led the team offensively with 11 caries for 26 yards, while Tyler Moe rushed 8 times for 24 yards, Tanner Moe rushed 2 times for 6 yards and Adam Vigen rushed 3 times for 2 yards.
Vigen also led the team in passing by going 2-5 for 22 yards through the air. Asher Blaine caught 1 pass for 16 yards and Carter Sonnenberg caught 1 pass for 6 yards.