PEQUOT LAKES — It was all about making plays Friday at the new Pequot Lakes High School athletic complex.
Shae Zeidler made plays. The junior running back, who filled in for the injured Tyler Tappe, totalled 168 yards on 23 carries, including 62-and 4-yard touchdown runs, lifting the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 21-0 Heart O’Lakes Conference win over East Grand Forks.
Zeidler’s 62-yard run started right, but the 170-pound back cut up field, avoided two tackles, darted left and sprinted down the sideline for the game’s first score.
“He’s got great vision of the field,” said Pequot head coach Chip Lohmiller. “Tappe is more of a speed guy. Shae is more like a Barry Sanders type where he can run around and has great vision. He did a great job tonight.”
That score held until the third quarter thanks to Pequot’s defense. On East Grand Forks’ three second quarter possessions, Pequot’s defense made plays to deny the Green Wave any points. The first drive ended after Travis Jacobson recovered a fumble. East Grand’s next possession ended when Bradley Boldt picked off quarterback Trevor Selk.
“It was a pass by the quarterback and it got tipped by Joel (Ebnet),” said Bolt. “I got my hands under it. Didn’t let it hit the ground. It was a fast play.”
The third and final possession of the quarter ended on four consecutive incomplete passes.
Pequot’s defense held East Grand to 205 yards of offense on 47 plays. The Patriots tallied 304 yards. Pequot quarterback C.J. Borleis finished 3-of-7 passing for 76 yards to complement Zeidler’s running.
“C.J. is our passing quarterback, but we had a couple of dropped passes,” said Lohmiller. “He missed a couple of short passes underneath that were open and he went for the bomb. We need to work on that. He’d rather go for the big play and I need yards. I want first downs. We’ll need to work on that, but he’s coming along.”
The Patriots’ offense was continually stalled, however, because of penalties. Pequot finished with eight penalties for –75 yards. That number doesn’t include an off-setting penalty, which gave the Green Wave an extra down late in the fourth quarter.
“I have a vision, where I’m looking ahead to the next play and we get these penalties and now we have to rethink our whole plan,” said Lohmiller.“ It was very frustrating. Plus, some of the penalties were just dumb ones that shouldn’t happen. We’ll need to work on that.”
Pequot was able to put together two drives in the second half, however. The first started after Boldt recovered a fumble at East Grand’s 49. Eight plays, including three penalties, and 69 yards later, Borleis hit Karl Satterlund for a 6-yard strike and a 14-0 lead.
The Patriots’ last possession of the game finished on Zeidler’s 4-yard scoring run.
“As a senior putting up a shutout on our first game on our home field feels great,” said Bolt. “We just rallied around each other and we just made stops. We all had a part in it and it was great.
“We rebuilt a lot last year and we still have a lot of young guys. We just want to go out and give 100 percent every game. That’s our goal.”
East Grand Forks 0 0 0 0 — 0
Pequot Lakes 7 0 7 7 — 21
PL-Shae Zeidler 62 run (C.J. Borleis kick) 1:40
PL-Karl Satterlund 6 pass from Borleis (Borleis kick) 1:17
PL-Zeidler 4 run (Kale Wurderman kick) 2:18
Rushes-yards: PL 42-228, EGF 26-111
Pass comp-att-int-yds: PL 3-8-0-76, EGF 6-21-1-94
Total offense: PL 50-304, EGF 47-205
Rushing: PL-Shae Zeidler 23-168, Justin Mackenthun 9-37, C.J. Borleis 4-16, Tyler Tappe 1-2, Joel Ebnet 3-10, team 2-(-5); EGF-Brock Scheving 2-1, Trevor Selk 7-16, Tye Ausmus 8-41, Luke Beito 4-14, Brady McDonald 3-40, team 2-(-3)
Passing: PL-Borleis 3-7-76, Ebnet 0-1-0; EGF-Ausmus 1-1-44, Selk 4-13-42, Austin Filipi 1-7-8
Receiving: PL-Kyle Sellner 1-42, Mackenthun 1-28, Karl Satterlund 1-6; EGF-Tanner Seim 4-73, Scheving 2-21