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Wadena-Deer Creek Head Coach Howie Kangas meets with some of his players in the first half of Friday's prep football game at Barrett. Kangas and the Wolverines broke a 17-game losing string by topping the Knights 28-16.

Wolverines checkmate Knights in season opener

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Evan VanErp logged 152 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns Friday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines broke a 17-game losing streak by topping West Central Area 28-16.


The game marked the head coaching debut in blue and gold for Howie Kangas, who spent 18 years as head man at Perham before retiring after the 2009 season. Kangas helped the Yellowjackets with 119 games and reach the state tournament three times.

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