ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warriors have passed for 100 yards and have involved several receivers in their first two games.
Last week, wide receiver Nate Maaske caught five passes for 50 yards.
In Friday's 17-6 victory over Alexandria, Blake Eller was the featured receiver. The senior caught five passes for 96 yards and quarterback Morgan Shepherd threw for 116.
Eller, displaying shiftiness and speed after the catch, had receptions of 26, 14, 19, 15 and 22 yards.
"High school football is pretty darn good right now," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said. "If you see something you try to exploit it. Fortunately, Blake Eller made some great key catches.
"I asked him how he liked varsity football and he said he really liked it. I told him it's a little different game, isn't it? He's smooth, quick and has good hands."
Night and Day difference
Last week, Brainerd running back Gregg Day gained only 32 yards.
On Friday, he rushed 18 times for 111 yards (6.2 average). One of his runs was on a pitchout from Shepherd that gained 54 yards.
"It was set up as an option," Day said. "(Shepherd) pulled it back and ran out. The free safety was back there so then he pitched it off to me and we were off to the races."
Defense never rests
After two games, the Warriors have allowed an average of 6.5 points and 156 yards.
"Our defense is just clicking," linebacker Will Kassulker said. "We're getting our reads. We're able to fill the gaps."
With defensive coordinator Steve Nunnink recovering from surgery to remove an aneurysm on his brain, Scott Parsons, Aaron Anderson, Bob Brakke and Tom Idstrom combined to formulate the game plan.
"I'm just caddying for Steve," Idstrom said. "Really, all of our defensive coaches are. We're just collaborating to carry on for Steve. We're just trying to keep it going the way it's been going."
Brainerd yielded just 39 rushing yards.
"We wanted to stop the run," Idstrom said. "We had the same problem we had last week. Our underneath pass coverage needs work, no doubt about it. It wasn't that we were out of position. It's just that we didn't drop. We had them in the flat but we let the fullback in behind him for whatever reason."
Penalties add up
Last week the Warriors were penalized 12 times for 92 yards. They cut it down to eight for 68 yards Friday.
"I'm not as upset with the penalties as much this week as I was last week," Stolski said. "Obviously, you can't have any penalties.
"We're an eager team. We're anxious. We don't forgive (penalties). The kids know it. The kids are more disappointed in that than I am."
* The victory was the 285th of Stolski's career, tying him for third on Minnesota's all-time list with Stillwater's George Thole. Stolski is two wins from tying Mahnomen's Ken Baumann for second place.
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