Football: Lunde, WDC punishes Bagley on the ground to clinch first winning season since 1999

Evan Lunde rushed for 193 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns in Wadena-Deer Creek's comeback win over Bagley on Friday. The Wolverines moved to 5-1, and clinched a winning record for the first time since 1999.

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Wadena-Deer Creek's Evan Lunde breaks free for a 20-yard touchdown in a 45-6 win over Staples-Motley on Sept. 1, 2022 at Wadena-Deer Creek High School. Lunde rushed for three touchdowns in the Wolverines' 22-18 win over Bagley on Friday.
Jared Rubado / Wadena Pioneer Journal

WADENA – For the first time since 1999, the Wolverines will have a winning record at the end of the regular season.

Wadena-Deer Creek’s comeback win over Bagley on Friday night pushed its record to 5-1 on the season. The Wolverines gained 393 yards in a 22-18 win.

Bagley’s Noah Nelson had himself a hack of a first half. He opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run to give the Flyers a 6-0 lead. He then picked off Josiah Kallevig and returned the interception to the house to put Bagley ahead 12-0.

The Wolverines thrived on the ground. Evan Lunde scored his first of three touchdowns in the second quarter from four yards out to cut the deficit in half. He then broke free for 20-yards to give WDC a 15-12 lead with 5:30 left in the quarter.

Bagley’s Kaden Peterson returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to the house to give the Flyers their second lead of the night at 18-15.


With just over three minutes left in the first half, Lunde got loose again. He scampered 33-yards for the game-winning touchdown. Cole Woods buried his second extra point of the night to put the Wolverines ahead for good at 22-18.

Lunde rushed for 191 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns. As a team, the Wolverines gained yards on the ground.

Despite the deep ball not being a huge factor, Kallevig’s connection with Teshe Loer was evident in the short-yardage passing game. Loer caught 11 passes for 130 yards. Kallevig was 15-for-24 through the air for 159 yards.

Lunde was a force defensively as well. He led the team with 10.5 tackles. He also had two tackles for losses, one of them being a sack.

WDC is currently in third place in the Minnesota-Scores QRF rated Section 6-2A standings. With a rating of 34.3, the Wolverines will need to win out to have a chance at a first-round bye. West Central Area-Ashby (37.2, 4-2) and Osakis (49.6, 5-1) stand above them. Sauk Centre is in fourth place with a record of 3-3 and a rating of 34.2.

BAGLEY 6 12 0 0 – 18

WADENA-DEER CREEK 0 22 0 0 – 22

SCORING- FIRST QUARTER- Bagley- Noah Nelson 4-yard TD run, two-point pass no goo, 6-0, 5:00

SECOND QUARTER- Bagley- Nelson interception returned for TD, two-point pass no good, 12-0, 10:30; WDC- Evan Lunde 4-yard TD run, two-point pass to Isaac Hamann good, 12-8, 9:00; WDC- E. Lunde 20-yard TD run, Wood PAT good, 15-12, 5:30; Bagley- Kaden Peterson kickoff return for TD, two-point run no good, 18-15, 4:00; WDC- E. Lunde 33-yard TD run, Woods PAT good, 22-18, 3:05

WDC TEAM TOTALS- 393 total yards, 227 rushing yards, 166 passing yards, 2 turnovers, 22 first downs, 5-10 third down, 0-4 fourth down

WDC OFFENSE- PASSING- Josiah Kallevig 15-24, 159 yards, 2 INT; RUSHING- E. Lunde 25 carries, 191 yards, 3TD; Simon Kreklau 6 carries, 23 yards; Kallevig 6 carries, 13 yards; RECEIVING- Teshe Loer 11 catches, 130 yards; E. Lunde 1 catch, 14 yards; MJ Lunde 2 catches, 12 yards; Tyson Barthel 2 catches, 10 yards

WDC DEFENSE- E. Lunde 10.5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL; Koby Endres 5.5 tackles, 2.5 TFL; Kreklau 4.5 tackles, INT; Kaden Peterson 2.5 tackles; MJ Lunde .5 tackles; Grant Seelhammer 2.5 tackles, 1 TFL; Eric Benson 1.5 tackles; Cole Woods 1 tackle; Isaac Hamann 1 tackle; Aiden Sutherland 0.5 tackles

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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