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State-ranked Patriots top Wolverines 41-14

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A salty Wadena-Deer Creek squad held their ground for most of the first half Friday night in a 41-14 Homecoming loss to the state-ranked Upsala-Swanville Patriots.

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“They brought up some stuff we weren’t prepared for, they gave us some fits,” USA head coach Jay Loven said.

The Patriots managed only one first quarter touchdown when Tyler Evans found Jordan Sales on a slant pattern and hit his receiver for a 28-yard score.

The Wolverines came up with a touchdown of their own in the second quarter when Nick Carlson went around the left side of the USA defensive wall for 16 yards.

USA’s scored once on the ground and once through the air in the second quarter. Mitch Lange, who logged 222 rushing yards on 28 attempts, scored the first of his three touchdowns. The USA standout scored his club’s second touchdown of the night on a 19-yard run. Sales and Evans burned the Wol-verines on a 53-yard TD hook-up to put the Patriots up 21-6 at the half.

The Patriots were able to throw 20 points on the scoreboard in the third quarter with Lange hitting paydirt from the five and the 10 and Evans finding them end zone from eight yards out.

Carlson capped the night’s scoring in the fourth quarter with a one-yard plunge. The WDC senior finished the night with 95 rushing yards on 19 carries.

Sales caught two balls for 81 yards.

Dylan Dumpprope grabbed four passes for 62 yards in the loss. Austin Sutherland also had four grabs but they netted only 18 yards for WDC.

Wyatt Weber had seven solo tackles and five assists to lead WDC’s defensive effort.

Mike Behl and Austin Koljonen joined Dumpprope in sacking Evans three times.

The Wolverines will look for their first win Friday night when they travel to Long Prairie for a 7 p.m. game with the Thunder. The Patriots, who were ranked No. 8 in Class A last week, will tangle with Prairie North powerhouse Barnesville Friday in a battle of unbeatens. Barnesville’s Trojans come into Wadena for a 7 p.m. game Oct. 11.

USA 41, WDC 14

USA 714 20 0 – 41

WDC 0 6 0 8 – 14

USA: Jordan Sales 28 yd pass from Tyler Evans (PAT Justin Cichon kick), Mitch Lange 19 yd run (PAT Cichon kick), Sales 53 yd pass from Evans (PAT Cichon kick), Lange 5 yd run (PAT Cichon kick), Lange 10 yd run (PAT Cichon kick), Evans 8 yd run (PAT failed)

WDC: Nick Carlson 16 yd run (PAT failed), Carlson 1 yd run (PAT Carlson run)

USA WDC

First Downs 26 -

Yards Rushing 279 154

Yards Passing 85 83

Total Yards 364 237

Passes 3-5 9-21

Intercepted by 2 0

Fumbles Lost 2 0

Penalties 3-25 -

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