Hermantown emerged victorious from a physical battle with Grand Rapids on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, evening its record with a 35-14 win at Corey Veech Field at Centricity Stadium.
Beau Janzig gave the Hawks a lead on his 13-yard run-after-the catch midway through the first quarter before a second-quarter strike of 54 yards from Mike Lau to Peyton Menzel doubled the lead. Gavin Blomdahl tacked on a 2-point conversion to open his significant contribution to the scoreboard. He scored the first of his three touchdowns, from 16 yards, before the break to make it 21-6 at halftime, then rumbled in from 1 and 3 yards for the Hawks' second-half scoring.
Grand Rapids (1-1) had three turnovers and had to use three quarterbacks. Sophomore Devin Kinkel connected with Dan Wohlers over 25 yards to get the Thunderhawks on the board late in the first half, and Jack Cleveland had a consolation score from a yard out in the fourth quarter.
Lau threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns for Hermantown, which is at Duluth East in Week 3. Grand Rapids is at Cloquet.
Grand Rapids 0-6-0-8—14
H — Beau Janzig 13 pass from Mike Lau (kick blocked)
H — Peyton Menzel 54 pass from Lau (Gavin Blomdahl run)
H — Gavin Blomdahl 16 run (Jason Couilliard kick)
G — Dan Wohlers 25 pass from Devin Kinkel (run failed)
H — Blomdahl 1 run (Coulliard kick)
G — Jack Cleveland 1 run (Beau Linder run)
H — Blomdahl 3 run (Coulliard kick)
Cloquet 42, Duluth Denfeld 6
Alec Turnbull threw three touchdown passes and ran in a score as well in a game the Lumberjacks led 15-0 at halftime.
Reese Sheldon scored three touchdowns for Cloquet in three ways — he caught a TD pass, threw a TD pass and ran a score in.
Alexander Peterson had two TD receptions for the Lumberjacks, catching one from Turnbull and another from Sheldon.
Duluth Denfeld 0-0-6-0—6
C — Alexander Petersen 35 pass from Alec Turnbull (Dayne Painovich kick)
C — Reese Sheldon 64 pass from A. Turnbull (Turnbull run)
C — A. Turnbull 26 run (Kick failed)
D — Carter Kilroy 75 pass from Kaden Postal (conversion failed)
C — Will Turnbull 10 pass from A. Turnbull (Painovich kick)
C — Petersen 15 pass from Sheldon (Painovich kick)
C — Sheldon 9 run (Painovich kick)
Hibbing 14, Proctor 8
Josh Kivela scored on a 1-yard run and Evan Lister connected with Amaria Manning for a TD to lead the Bluejackets to victory.
Zak McPhee paced the rails by rushing for 107 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.
P — Zak McPhee 13 run (kick failed)
H — Josh Kivela 1 run (kick good)
P — Nolan McLeod safety
H — Amari Manning pass from Evan Lister (kick good)
Mesabi East 22, Crosby-Ironton 0
After a powerful offensive performance in Week 1, the Giants reached 2-0 on the strength of their defense, blanking the Rangers in Aurora.
Cooper Levander broke the first-half deadlock with an 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter before the Giants doubled their lead in the third quarter on a blocked punt Jack Ribich landed on in the end zone.
Ethan Murray added a 4-yard run to complete the scoring for Mesabi East, which won its first game 46-36 vs. Braham.
Mesabi East 0-6-8-8—22
E — Cooper Lavander 8 run (run failed)
E — Jack Ribich recovered blocked punt in end zone (Lavander run)
E — Ethan Murray 4 run (Ribich run)
Cook County 24, Silver Bay 14
Paul Dorr and Ray Dressely each had a pair of touchdown runs to lead the Vikings to a 2-0 start on Friday.
Jacob Carpenter threw two TD passes for the Mariners, who drop to 0-1.
Cook County 0 12 6 6 — 24
Silver Bay 7 0 7 0 — 14
S — Jake Stadler 18 pass from Jacob Carpenter (Elijah Blanck kick)
C — Paul Dorr 3 run (run failed)
C — Ray Dressely 3 run (pass failed)
C — Dorr 1 run (run failed)
S — Manor Ollman 9 pass from Carpenter (Belanck kick)
C — Dressely 6 run (run failed)
Northwestern 63, Barron 6
Wyatt Dumonson ran for 158 yards on 6 carries, finding the end zone three times in the third and fourth quarters Friday.
Greg Ohman also ran in two touchdowns and quarterback Luke Sedin threw two TD passes while going 7-of-9 for 127 yards.
Kicker Dawson Kriske was 9-for-9 on extra points, with six of his 10 kickoffs going for touchbacks.
NW — Greg Ohman 1 run (Dawson Kriske kick)
NW — CJ Thompson 16 pass from Luke Sedin (Kriske kick)
NW — Ohman 5 run (Kriske kick)
NW — Jace Nelson 9 pass from Luke Sedin (Kriske kick)
NW — Austin Schlies 9 run (Kriske kick)
NW — Ben Benes 10 interception return (Kriske kick)
NW — Wyatt Dumonson 49 run (Kriske kick)
B — Unknown 2 run (conversion failed)
NW — Dumonson 49 run (Kriske kick)
NW — Dumonson 58 run (Kriske kick)
New Richmond 42, Superior 28
Junior running back Andrew Trandahl rushed 23 times for 304 yards and four touchdowns to lead New Richmond to a 42-28 Big Rivers Conference home victory over Superior.
Trandahl scored on runs of 68, 7, 64 and 35 yards for the Tigers (4-0 overall, 2-0 Big Rivers), while teammate Drew Effertz blocked a kick return for a touchdown.
Ross Rivord rushed 12 times for 68 yards and three scores while Jordan Goldfine added eight carries for 80 yards to lead the Spartans (1-3, 1-1).
New Richmond 7-21-7-7—42
NR — Andrew Trandahl 68 run (Trey Cork kick)
S — Ross Rivord 11 run (Kell Piggott kick)
NR — Trandahl 7 run (Cork kick)
S — Rivord 5 run (Piggott kick)
NR — Trandahl 64 run (Cork kick)
NR — Drew Effertz blocked kick return for touchdown (Cork kick)
S — Rivord 14 run (Piggott kick)
NR — Trandahl 35 run (Cork kick)
NR — #6 14 run (Cork kick)
S — Piggott 63 pass from Carson Gotelaere (Piggott kick)
North Branch 34, Duluth East 19
The Greyhounds chased the game to within a point in the fourth quarter before the Vikings won going away Friday in North Branch.
East (1-1) was down 14-0 early and rallied to within a missed extra point of tying it up early in the fourth quarter but the host Vikings scored three times in the last frame.
Ashton LaBelle had three touchdown runs for North Branch, which forced four East turnovers.
East hosts Hermantown on Friday.
Duluth East 0 0 7 12 -- 19
N. Branch 0 6 8 20 -- 34
No individual stats for East were available
N - Ashton LaBelle 3 run (conversion failed)
N - LaBelle 31 run (conversion made)
E - 3 run (kick good)
E - 80 pass (kick failed)
N - Sam Robillard 7 run (conversion made)
N - LaBelle 5 run (conversion failed)
E - 2 run (conversion failed)
N - Sam Sonnek interception return (conversion failed)
North Woods 60, Chisholm 23
Chisholm couldn’t stop North Woods’ TJ Chiabotti, who scored seven touchdowns, six in the first half of the Northeast Silver division contest.
Chiabotti opened the scoring with a 58-yard interception return, then had touchdown runs of 35, 16, 21, 10 and 20 yards plus a 25-yard reception from Ty Fabish. He ran for 306 yards on 20 carries.
Jude Sundquist had two TD catches and a kickoff return score for the Bluestreaks (1-1), finishing with 120 yards on four catches.
North Woods 22 22 8 8 - 60
Chisholm 13 7 0 3 - 23
NW- TJ Chiabotti 58 interception return (TJ Chiabotti run)
Chisholm- Jude Sundquist 10 pass from Dominick Olson (kick failed)
NW- Chiabotti 35 run (Jared Chiabotti pass from Ty Fabish)
Chisholm- Sundquist 70 pass from Olson (Nathan Wangensteen kick)
NW- Chiabotti 25 pass from Fabish (Run failed)
NW- Chiabotti 16 run (TJ Chiabotti run)
Chisholm- Sundquist 70 kickoff return (Wangenstseen kick)
NW- Chiabotti 21 run (Run failed)
NW- Chiabotti 10 run (Erik Aune pass from Fabish)
NW- Chiabotti 20 run (Jared Chiabotti run)
NW- Swanson 1 run (Lane Kneen pass from Jonah Burnett)
Chisholm- Wangensteen 51 FG
Moose Lake/Willow River 55, International Falls 0
Logan Orvedahl scored three touchdows as the Rebels rolled to 2-0. Orvedahl hit pay dirt from 33, 34 and 21 yards and finished with 101 yards on 8 carries.
The Rebels outgained the Broncos 267-56 and collected three intereceptions, one of which Kaden Robbins returned for a touchdown.
ML-WR 28 20 7 0 - 55
Int’l Falls 0 0 0 0 - 0
M - Henry Ribich 7 run (Sam Knezevich kick)
M - Logan Orvedahl 33 run (Knezevich kick)
M - Ribich 43 run (Knezevich kick)
M - Jackson Thompson 6 run (Knezevich kick)
M - Orvedahl 34 run (kick failed)
M - Landin Kurhajetz 46 pass from Adam Neumann (Knezevich kick)
M - Kaden Robbins 42 interception return (Knezevich kick)
M - Logan Orvedahl 21 run (Knezevich kick)
Shell Lake 30, Northwood-Solon Springs 24
Mountain Iron-Buhl 72, Ely 6