Football Roundup: Eskomos race past AgatesEsko’s Marc Peterson, the winning quarterback in a shutout over Two Harbors last Friday afternoon, exited Les Knuti Field for a final time this regular season satisfied with his team’s efforts.
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
Esko’s Marc Peterson, the winning quarterback in a shutout over Two Harbors last Friday afternoon, exited Les Knuti Field for a final time this regular season satisfied with his team’s efforts.
“It’s always nice to walk off without letting anyone score,” said Peterson about Esko’s 36-0 Homecoming blanking of the Agates in a Great Polar Alliance Blue Conference win last week. “Whenever you prevent the other team from scoring, the defense definitely deserves a lot of the credit.”
Backing their deadening defense, the Eskomos (3-1) ran over Two Harbors for 168 total yards on 31 carries and all five of their scores en route to their third win and second within the conference this season.
Garrett Iverson rushed for two touchdowns, while Wyatt Begay, Earl Brinkley and Nick McMillen all added one each. Peterson, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound right-hander, was 5-for-8 passing for 71 total yards and a pair of two-point conversion tosses to Aaron Olson and Charlie Johnson.
Zak Jasken also led the Esko defense with a game-best 10 solo tackles.
“We’re running the ball well this year and wanted to establish that running game, but Marc was efficient, too,” said Esko Coach Bill Hudspith. “We’re balanced and were able to do what we wanted to do. We’re continuing to improve and are looking forward to Rush City Friday. This was better than in weeks past. It was our most complete game yet.”
It was also Esko’s last true home contest this regular season. Lacking lights, bleachers and other essentials at the 40-year-old Les Knuti Field, Esko will play their next home games at Cloquet’s Bromberg Field Oct. 5 and 17. Before then, Esko will travel to league foe Rush City Friday.
“It will be different playing in Cloquet,” said Peterson, a junior, “but we’re greatly appreciative of Cloquet and the use of the facilities. We’ll be ready.”
Barnum (2-2) brought its record even with a 40-8 thrashing of Ogilvie in a Great Polar Alliance Red Conference road win last Friday. The Bombers, which amassed 400 yards of offense, scored all six of their touchdowns in the opening half. Zac Carlson threw three scores, while Colton Selix rushed for two more, including a game-best 103 yards.
Carlton (1-0) will compete in the Section 5 9-Man postseason following their three-game varsity schedule in their football program’s return this fall. The Bulldogs have already badly beaten Red Lake and will travel out to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Friday for a varsity match in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Cloquet (3-1) players carried their way past International Falls 26-12 in a Sea-Range Conference home victory last Friday. The Lumberjacks racked up 181 yards rushing, including two touchdown runs from Sean Kedrowski and another by Marquez Evans. Kaleb Kadelbach also caught a score from Kedrowski for Cloquet, which will host the Homecoming game Friday against Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin. Coronation will take place at halftime.
Cromwell-Wright (2-2) creamed Northland-Remer 42-0 in a Great Northern Conference 9-Man rout last Friday in Remer. Cromwell-Wright evened their record, scoring often against the winless Eagles. It was the Cardinals’ first shutout this fall, adding to another blowout win at Hill City earlier in the season.
Moose Lake-Willow River (4-0) marched past Eveleth-Gilbert 34-20 in a Great Polar Alliance Blue Conference win last Friday in Willow River. The Rebels, ranked second in state, pulled away in the second quarter. Jake Disterhaupt and Michael Pender combined for four scores and 350 yards in ML-WR’s 50th consecutive regular season win and 36th straight at home.
Wrenshall (1-3) was overdone by Floodwood 34-12 in a Great Northern Conference 9-Man road defeat last Friday. Mark Mallon and Jack Dolter had the rushing scores in the second half for the Wrens.