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Football: Warriors rush past Apollo

Warriors 35, Apollo 6 The key: Brainerd rushed for 396 yards and intercepted two passes Overall: Brd 1-1, SCA 1-1 Next: Brainerd at Willmar 7 p.m. Friday. In a spread offense, a football team doesn't have to throw every down. The Brainerd Warrior...

Brainerd’s Allen Jevning (21) prepares to block for Mitchell Rahn as he runs the ball Friday against St. Cloud Apollo. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)
Brainerd’s Allen Jevning (21) prepares to block for Mitchell Rahn as he runs the ball Friday against St. Cloud Apollo. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)

Warriors 35, Apollo 6

The key: Brainerd rushed for 396 yards and intercepted two passes

Overall: Brd 1-1, SCA 1-1

Next: Brainerd at Willmar 7 p.m. Friday.

In a spread offense, a football team doesn't have to throw every down.

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The Brainerd Warriors demonstrated that Friday night in a 35-6 victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles at Adamson Field. Brainerd's running game was ravaging as Allen Jevning and Mitchell Rahn ran wild, slicing and dicing for 152 and 141 yards, respectively. Brainerd finished with 396 yards rushing and 441 total yards.

Brainerd scored 28 unanswered points in the second and third quarters and shut out the Eagles until the final four minutes of the third quarter. Apollo managed 315 total yards but couldn't generate any more than six points in the North Central Red Subdistrict and Section 8-5A game.

"We're growing up. I think that's a good way to put it," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said. "(Apollo is) a dangerous football team. I thought defensively we made a lot of plays. Their quarterback is very good.

"I was pleased with the way we played. We still had some breakdowns here and there but I think the kids came back and really played hard, good Warrior football."

Jevning finished with four touchdowns - three rushing.

"I've got to give credit to the offensive line," he said. "They were firing off, getting their first step, blocking. The holes were wide open. All I had to do was run the ball."

Rahn, who missed the last half of last season with a knee injury, is happy to be in uniform again.

"It feels great, to get back out here with the team," he said. "We're finally jelling together. I'm looking forward to a great season with these guys."

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Following a scoreless opening quarter, the Warriors embarked on a 15-play, 87-yard march which Jevning capped with a 3-yard blast. David Saxum then kicked the first of his four extra points.

On the next Brainerd possession, Jevning grabbed a 23-yard scoring toss from quarterback Hanson Devine and it was 14-0 at the half.

On the first series of the third, Jevning rambled 11 yards for a score and the Warriors were up by 21. Rahn raced for 27 yards on second down.

A Chris Pederson interception and return of 29 yards on the ensuing possession gave Brainerd good field position at the Eagles' 41. Eight plays later, Devine hit Will Peabody for a 16-yard score and a 28-point edge.

The Eagles scored their only TD on the next possession as quarterback Joey Atkinson and Ethan Novacinski hooked up for a 25-yard score with 3:16 left in the third. Atkinson finished with 188 yards passing as he completed 14 of 27 attempts. Novacinski finished seven receptions for 102 yards.

Jevning, who also plays defensive back, set up his fourth touchdown with a falling down interception in the end zone. Three plays later he made a great cutback and darted 72 yards for the most electrifying touchdown of the night.

"They had two linebackers step up in the gap so as soon as I broke that first level it was wide open," Jevning said. "The men up front took care of the guys on the line and it was just wide open for me."

The victory exhibited Brainerd's resiliency as it bounced back from a 51-28 pasting administered by Elk River in the season opener last week.

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"It's a huge deal," Rahn said of regrouping following the defeat. "I think now we can start a roll and get after the next few teams, show everyone who the Brainerd Warriors are."

Apollo 0 0 6 0 - 6

Brainerd 0 14 14 7 - 35

Second quarter

Brd-Allen Jevning 3 run (David Saxum kick) 7:59

Brd-Jevning 23 pass from Hanson Devine (Saxum kick) 4:17

Third quarter

Brd-Jevning 11 run (Saxum kick) 10:49

Brd-Will Peabody 16 pass from Devine (Saxum kick) 5:08

SCA-Ethan Novacinski 25 pass from Joey Atkinson (kick fails) 3:16

Fourth quarter

Brd-Jevning 72 run (Saxum kick) 10:08

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: Brd 59-396, SCA 35-108

Pass comp-att-int-yds: Brd 3-7-0-45, SCA 15-28-2-190

Total offense: Brd 441, SCA 315

Individual leaders

Rushing: Brd-Hanson Devine 7-31, Mitchell Rahn 26-141, Allen Jevning 13-152, Chris Pederson 4-25, Charlie Geraets 3-28, Max Zimmerman 3-24, Will Peabody 1-9; SCA-Evin Rassier 18-74

Passing: Brd-Hanson Devine 3-7-45; SCA-Atkinson 14-27-188, Cole Johnson 1-1-19

Receiving: Brd-Will Peabody 1-16, Allen Jevning 1-23, Tristan Brecht 1-6; SCA-Peter Nelson 2-38, Ethan Novacinski 7-102, Cole Johnson 5-49

MIKE BIALKA may be reached at mike.bialka@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5861. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bertsballpark .

Brainerd’s Chris Pederson (2) defends against St. Cloud Apollo’s Evin Rassier while Brainerd’s Hunter Erickson (74) goes after the St. Cloud Apollo ball carrier Cole Johnson Friday. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)
Brainerd’s Chris Pederson (2) defends against St. Cloud Apollo’s Evin Rassier while Brainerd’s Hunter Erickson (74) goes after the St. Cloud Apollo ball carrier Cole Johnson Friday. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery)

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