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Football: Wolverines' big-play offense punishes Menahga

The Wadena-Deer Creek football team beat Menahga 42-18 behind their big-play offense on Friday to move to 2-0.

Wadena-Deer Creek's special teams unit jumps on a squib kick in the Wolverines' 42-18 win over Menahga on Sept. 9, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Forum News Service
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MENAHGA – The Wadena-Deer Creek football team can win in many different ways.

Last Friday, the Wolverines (2-0) showed their versatility through the air and on the ground in a 42-18 win over the Braves.

Evan Lunde got it started in the run game with a 3three-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. Menahga responded but failed to convert a two-point conversion, keeping WDC ahead 7-6.

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Wadena-Deer Creek's MJ Lunde breaks a tackle in the Wolverines' 42-18 win over Menahga on Sept. 9, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Forum News Service

The Wolverines took to the air in the second quarter. Josiah Kallevig connected with Isaac Hamann on a 51-yard touchdown pass before hitting MJ Lunde in stride for 50-yards in their next possession. Kallevig totaled 196 passing yards on 10-for-16 attempts. Both deep bombs put the Wolverines ahead 21-6 at the half.

On the defensive side of the ball, Koby Endres had one of his four tackles-for-loss in the end zone. He wrapped up the Menahga ball-carrier for a safety before Kallevig’s two touchdown passes.


WDC took its largest lead of the game in the third quarter. D’andre Hammond broke free on a 27-yard touchdown run. Tyson Barthel connected with Brandon Wheeler in the end zone on the two-point conversion to take a 29-6 lead.

Menahga scored a pair of touchdowns before WDC got them back in the fourth quarter. Evan Lunde ran in his second touchdown of the game before Kallevig threw another strike to Hamann.

MJ Lunde led the Wolverines in receiving with three catches for 75 yards. Hamann was right behind him with two catches for 65 yards. Both of Hamann’s catches went for touchdowns.

The Wolverines will get a good test this Friday when they host New York Mills. Both the Eagles and WDC are 2-0 to start the season.

WADENA-DEER CREEK 7 14 8 13 – 42

MENAHGA 6 0 6 6 – 18

SCORING- FIRST QUARTER- WDC- Evan Lunde 3-yard TD run, Cole Woods PAT good, 7-0, 7:29; Menahga 2-yard TD run, two-point conversion no good, 7-6, 0:15

SECOND QUARTER- WDC- Koby Endres safety, 9-6, 9:55; WDC- Josiah Kallevig 51-yard TD pass to Isaac Hamann, PAT no good, 15-6, 8:55; WDC- Kallevig 50-yard TD pass to MJ Lunde, PAT no good, 21-6, 5:42;

THIRD QUARTER- WDC- D’andre Hammond 27-yard TD run, Tyson Barthel two-point conversion pass to Brandon Wheeler good, 29-6, 5:50; Menahga- 4-yard TD pass, two-point conversion no good, 29-12, 2:52

FOURTH QUARTER- MENAHGA- 5-yard TD pass, two point conversion no good, 29-18; WDC- E. Lunde 5-yard TD run, two-point conversion no good, 35-18; WDC- Kallevig 14-yard TD pass to Hamann, Woods PAT good, 42-18, 2:23

WDC TEAM TOTALS- 362 total yards, 193 passing yards, 169 rushing yards, 3 turnovers, 18 first downs, 2-7 third down, 0-0 fourth down,

WDC OFFENSE- PASSING- Kallevig 10-16, 193 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

RUSHING- Hammond 6 carries, 61 yards, 1 TD; E. Lunde 14 carries, 59 yards, 2 TD; Kallevig 10 carries, 52 yards; Simon Kreklau 1 carry, 3 yards; Teshe Loer 3 carries, -6 yards

RECEIVING- MJ Lunde 3 catches 75 yards, 1TD; Hamann 2 catches, 65 yards, 2TD; Barthel 1 catch, 33 yards, Loer 2 catches, 17 yards; Hammond 2 catches, 3 yards

WDC DEFENSE- Koby Endres 9.5 tackles, 4 TFL; Grant Seelhammer 6.5 tackles, 3TFL; Hamann 6 tackles, 1 TFL; E. Lunde 5 tackles; Kreklau 4.5 tackles; Charlie Bushinger 4 tackles, 1 TFL; Jason Rudrud 4 tackles; Cole Woods 3.5 tackles; Aiden Sutherland 3 tackles; MJ Lunde 3 tackles; Kaden Peterson 1 tackle; Hammond 1 tackle; Eric Benson 1 tackle; Wheeler 1 tackle; Eshetu Loer 1 tackle; Blake Sundheim 1 tackle

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Wadena-Deer Creek's Isaac Hamann reaches for a tackle in the Wolverines' 42-18 win over Menahga on Sept. 9, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Forum News Service

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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