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Prep Football: Lakers win by a whisker

Blocked extra point is difference in Willmar’s loss at Detroit Lakes

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Ethan Roux gets past Detroit Lakes' Drew Schwan to give Willmar a 14-7 lead in the first quarter of the season opener at Mollberg Field in Detroit Lakes Friday.

DETROIT LAKES — It’s the way things sometimes go in a shootout: One play worth one point is the difference in a game that features 87 points.

Willmar’s Tanner Bauman threw a 25-yard fourth-quarter scoring pass to Adam DeJong but Detroit Lakes blocked the extra point and the Lakers escaped with a 44-43 victory over the Cardinals in both teams’ season-opener on Friday.

The Cardinals scored 28 first-half points but the Lakers turned up the defensive intensity in the second and limited Willmar to 15 points while scoring 22 of their own.

Bauman had a big night, completing 20 of 31 throws for 310 yards. He found Zach Morrell, Ashton Gregory, Will Hisken and DeJong on scoring throws, and Morrell also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a TD.

The Cardinals play Delano in their home-opener at 7 p.m. Friday at Hodapp Field.

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Detroit Lakes 44, Willmar 43

Willmar (0-1) 14 14 6 9— 43
Detroit Lakes (1-0) 7 16 13 8— 44
Scoring Plays
W – Will Hisken 48 pass from Tanner Bauman (LaBlue Moo kick)
DL – Reed Mace 11 pass from Max Gunderson (kick good)
W – Ethan Roux 15 run (Moo kick)
W – Zach Morrell 24 pass from Bauman (Moo kick)
DL – Gabe Hanninen 5 run (kick good)
W – Morrell 88 kickoff return (Moo kick)
DL – Safety - punt snap downed in end zone
DL – Gunderson 29 run (kick good)
DL – Hanninen 2 run (kick good)
DL – Isaiah Thompson 4 run (kick good)
W – Ashton Gregory 1 pass from Bauman (run failed)
W – Moo 22 field goal
DL – Jackson Fields 1 run (Tate Kerzman pass from Matthew Tobkin)
W – Adam DeJong 25 pass from Bauman (kick blocked)

Willmar

First downs: 17 … Penalties: 8-50 … Rushing (Individual and team): Tanner Bauman 10-51, Ethan Roux 7-41, Michael Price 7-19, Tyler Ludwig 1-3, Eli Jorgenson 1-2. 26-116 … Passing (Individual and team): Bauman 20-31-2 310 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Will Hisken 3-57, Adam DeJong 4-54, Price 3-82, Brandt Sunder 1-15, Zach Morrell 2-29, Carter Ochsendorf 2-21, Ashton Gregory 4-21, Eli Jorgenson 3-42. 20-310 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): Gregory 4-7, Tyler Ludwig 2-12, Kadin Larsson 3-14, Kaden Streed 5-10, Aiden Donelan 2-8 … QB sacks: None

Detroit Lakes

First downs: 20 … Penalties: 6-50 … Rushing (Individual and team): Isaiah Thompson 20-165, Gabe Hanninen 12-69. … Passing (Individual and team): Max Gunderson 3-3-0 36 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Reed Mace 2-24

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