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Trojans start fast in lopsided win over Wolverines

Wadena-Deer Creek's Nick Carlson (21) sets sail after intercepting a Barnesville pass near the goal line in Friday night's game in Wadena. The visiting Trojans handed WDC a 70-18 setback. Photo by Brian Hansel

The state-ranked Barnesville Trojans pounded out 32 points in the first quarter Friday night en route to a decisive 70-18 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek.

The 88-point game started with a modest two-point safety. Jace Nosal tackled Evan VanErp in the end zone, after the Wolverines stopped Barnesville's first drive with an interception. Nick Carlson intercepted a Kyler Martz pass at the goal line, but the Wolverines were forced to start their first offensive series inside the 5-yard line.

The Trojans put the next four touchdowns on the scoreboard. Andy Martz returned a kickoff 57 yards and then sprinted 32 yards for six. Nosal scored the first of his four touchdowns from three yards out and then added a seven-yard scoring run for a 32-0 lead.

The Wolverines were unable to do much against Barnesville's speed.

"We just didn't have enough speed on the field," WDC Head Coach Howie Kangas said. "It showed up offensively and defensively."

The Wolverines struck back with the first touchdown of the second quarter, as Jake Krause went over from the one.

Barnesville countered Krause's scoring run with their biggest aerial gainer of the night. Nosal brought in a 48-yard aerial from Kyler Martz to put the Trojans up 38-6.

The Wolverines came back with a long-scoring pass of their own, as Dylan Dumproppe grabbed a 38-yard pass from Evan VanErp.

Barnesville's Kyler Martz scored his lone rushing touchdown of the night from 2 yards out to cap the second half scoring.

The Trojans out scored the Wolverines 22-6 in the second half. Nosal had a 7-yard scoring run and Colby Mahar went over from the one in the third quarter. Isaac Goedtke found running room for a 72-yard jaunt in the final quarter.

VanErp, who led the Wolverines in rushing with 65 yards on 10 carries, put a third quarter touchdown on the board for WDC when he scored from the six.

"I thought it was a hard-hitting game," Barnesville Head Coach Bryan Strand said. "I thought WDC showed signs of a good football team, but they made some mistakes early and we capitalized."

Andrew VanErp was WDC's receiving leader with five catches for 70 yards. Dumproppe caught three passes for 90 yards. Nick Carlson collected two passes for 29 yards.

The Trojans racked up 409 yards on the ground and saw nine different players carry the ball Austin Martz gained 90 yards on eight carries for Barnesville and Nosal added 54 yards on seven carries. Stuardt Brandt rushed seven times for 55 yards. Goetke had 82 yards on three attempts.

The Wolverines travel to Osakis Friday for a 7 p.m. game.

Barnesville 32 16 14 8 - 70

WDC 0 12 6 0 - 18

Barnesville: Safety, Andy Martz 57 yard kickoff return (PAT Ethan Ishaug run), Martz 32 yd run (PAT Stuart Brandt run), Jace Nosal 3 yd run (PAT failed), Nosal 7 yd run (PAT Isaac Goedtke pass from Kyler Martz), Nosal 48 yd pass from Kyler Martz (PAT Martz run), K. Martz 2 yd run (PAT Nosal run), Nosal 7 yd run (PAT A. Martz run), Colby Mahar 1 yd run (PAT failed), Goedtke 72 yd run (PAT Rylee Anderson run)

WDC: Jake Krause 1 yd run (PAT failed), Dylan Dumpprope 38 yd pass from Evan VanErp (PAT failed), VanErp 6 yd run (PAT failed)

Barn. WDC

First Downs 17 9

Yards Rushing 409 109

Yards Passing 131 189

Total Yards 540 298

Passes 5-9 10-30

Intercepted by 3 1

Fumbles lost 2 2