Christian Even had a second quarter he may never forget.
Nor will anyone in the Central Lakes Conference.
The junior halfback scored three times, three different ways, to help the Flyers record what might be the upset of the high school football season with a 42-32 win over the Alexandria Cardinals Aug. 28.
Even broke out with a 76-yard punt return to give the Flyers a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. He then busted across the end zone on a 3-yard run.
After the Cardinals climbed back within a touchdown, Even broke the ensuing kickoff 73 yards for a 28-12 halftime lead.
"(Alexandria) tried to squib kick it," said Flyers coach Jack Marmon. "But they kicked it out of bounds. There was 12 seconds left so we decided to have them kick it again."
Again Alexandria tried to squib the kickoff but the Cardinals' kicker got under the ball and popped it up. Even caught the ball and, as Marmon said, "Off he went."
"He made two excellent cuts to get back into the middle of the field. You have to have good blocking and he did otherwise he wasn't going to get into the seam."
Marmon said the kickoff was the biggest of the three touchdowns. He said the momentum kept flipping from team to team, but the kickoff return set the tone.
It's the first time in Marmon's five years that a Flyer has scored three times in a quarter. It's also the first time a Flyer has returned two kicks for touchdowns in a game.
"He had pretty good blocking and he's got a great burst," Marmon said about Even's punt return. "His first 10 yards are just so quick. He got into a nice seam on the return and off he went untouched.
"He made two very nice cuts that made a difference. He left kids standing."
Even lettered last year as a running back. He's the team's free safety and No. 3 punter. He plays hockey and Marmon said he played quarterback as a freshman.
In fact, Marmon had a premonition that Even would have a game like this.
"I told him last November that we're expecting a lot from him this year," Marmon said. "He can do a lot of things."
Marmon added that Even has excellent vision and a feel for the game in general. He's explosive and has a 30-inch vertical jump. Marmon said his back has an explosive body.
Even's explosives against Alexandria has Little Falls talking about football again.
"This was huge," Marmon said of the Flyers' win. "It was big in a number of ways. Our kids really believed they could win. We had talked about Alex being young and us being experienced at the skilled positions.
"Our kids didn't celebrate that much. It was more like a quiet satisfaction. In terms of the school, the atmosphere has just been outstanding and a lot of that has do with the football team winning. The community is excited about football. People are talking about football again."
Other notable performances:
Cross country -- Jonathan Stoltman, Little Falls, won the Milaca Invitational with a time of 17:32.
Football -- James Bauman, Pequot Lakes, rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries vs. Braham.
Brandon Laffin, Crosby-Ironton, rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries vs. Aitkin.
Tyler Fisher, Verndale, rushed for 249 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries vs. Eagle Valley.
Jon Schulz, Little Falls, passed for 148 yards and three touchdowns vs. Alexandria.
Travis Kelley, Pine River-Backus, caught three passes for 57 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another in a win over Park Rapids.
Adam Johnson, Staples-Motley, threw for 201 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 140 yards and two more scores in a win over Dassel-Cokato.
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