Thunder strike back against ItascaAfter three straight losses to open the season, the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College football team took out some frustration on Itasca last weekend.
By: Jeff Papas, Pine Journal
After three straight losses to open the season, the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College football team took out some frustration on Itasca last weekend.
Six different players scored touchdowns as the Thunder put a 63-6 thrashing on their visitors last Thursday night at Haugsrud Field in Superior.
The Thunder led 14-0 before Itasca had an offensive possession, scoring off the opening kickoff and then recovering an Itasca fumble to set up a second score.
Itasca then drove the field to cut the lead to 14-6. The Thunder defense didn’t care for that.
“They played lights out after that,” Coach Keith Turner said. “The defense figured it out.”
The Thunder (1-3) got great performances from a number of players in the game, which saw leading rusher Victor Griffin sit out due to a variety of minor injuries.
In his place, Ryan Brown rushed 19 times for 109 yards and Antonio Marshall ran 10 times for 90 yards and a pair of scores.
FDLTCC also scored a pair of touchdowns on defense, with linebacker De’Angelo Dolphis picking off a screen pass and running it back for a score while Nate Smith of Hermantown recovered an Itasca fumble in the end zone for another touchdown.
The team also changed quarterbacks, with freshman Michael Fralick of Foley, Ala., at the controls. He completed seven of eight passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.
“Michael has a good handle on the offense and played a stable game at quarterback,” Turner said.
The game came just five days after a disappointing 26-0 loss at Rochester. Turner hopes the result will turn the season around.
“We were waiting for a game like this,” he said. “We’ve got offensive linemen back who had been hurt, those players are familiar with each other and we’re stable at quarterback. We expect this momentum to carry over to next week.”
That would be to Thief River Falls, where Northland Community College awaits a 1 p.m. Saturday game. A win would put the Thunder in first place in the North Division despite losing its first three contests.
“We realize how good everybody is in this league,” Turner said. “We liked our tough start. We saw early what we have to work on. Northland has a very big offensive line, a good back and a player they say is the best defensive end in the league. We let our players hear that because we think we have the best defensive end in the league in Malcom Flemming. We’ll see.”