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High School Football: Warriors hit road to play sharp Sabres

Warriors at Sartell When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Sartell Last meeting: Sartell won 41-16 in opening round of 2015 Section 8-5A playoffs The series: Brainerd leads 15-4 Twitter: @bertsballpark Radio: KLIZ-AM (1380) Web stream: www.brainerdradio.net....

Warriors at Sartell

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Sartell

Last meeting: Sartell won 41-16 in opening round of 2015 Section 8-5A playoffs

The series: Brainerd leads 15-4

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In their first three games this season, the Sartell Sabres lost to Rogers, St. Cloud Tech and Moorhead, teams that are now a combined 13-5.

Standing 0-3 the Sabres could have packed it in. Instead they have regrouped to win three straight from Bemidji, Rocori and Sauk Rapids.

"We played three very good teams," Sabres coach Scott Hentges said. "We made a couple more mistakes than they did in each of those games. But that's what happens when you play good teams.

"Since then, we've cleaned up things like turnovers and penalties, things that set you back. As a result, we're playing better and winning now. It's a credit to our guys that they stuck with it and we got rolling."

Brainerd coach Ron Stolski, whose Warriors play at Sartell Friday, didn't doubt the Sabres would turn it around. Sartell lost to the Warriors 21-19 in the 2015 regular season before knocking Brainerd out of the Section 8-5A playoffs with a 41-16 victory.

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"They have a lot of players back from last year's team and last year's team was very good," Stolski said. "We expected from the outset they would be a very good team and they've proven to be that."

In its last three games, Sartell has gotten its offense untracked and is playing stingier defense, outscoring its foes 82-20.

"Until we threw an interception against Sauk Rapids Friday night, we hadn't turned the ball over in those games and we created a lot of turnovers," Hentges said. "Our defense has been pretty consistent all year long. The last three games we've played well on defense."

Against Sauk Rapids, Devin Vouk rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The Sabres capitalized on four first-half turnovers in their homecoming game. Quarterback Chris Belling threw for 157 yards and a score.

Vouk leads the team in rushing with 435 yards and seven TDs. Belling has completed 52.7 percent of his passes for 900 yards and seven scores. Brandon Walz leads the receivers with 23 catches for 189 yards and two TDs. Hentges said tackle Mitch Zayas and linebacker Tyler Snoberger have been defensive leaders.

The Warriors' offense has been led by junior running back Charlie Geraets, who has rushed for 907 yards and 12 TDs. Quarterback Will Peabody has added 498 yards rushing and two scores and has thrown for 291 yards and two more.

"Offensively I've been really pleased," Stolski said. "Defensively, through six games, other than two games against really good teams, we've been very good. We just had tough nights in our opener (at Elk River) and (against Alexandria)."

Teams enter the home stretch of the regular season this week playing their final two games in six days since teacher conventions are next Thursday and Friday.

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"We want to play well, stay healthy, so that we finish the season upbeat, then see whatever the seedings bring us," Stolski said of his 4-2 Warriors. "I'm really proud of this team. It's a bunch of fighters."

Brainerd is coming off a wild 59-45 homecoming loss during which the teams combined for 1,113 yards, 14 touchdowns and 45 first downs.

"We know they're capable of scoring points," Hentges said. "I like their running back, their quarterback is a threat, they use them well. They've been doing other things, like faking punts, putting the quarterback at wide receiver a little bit to help themselves out. We will have to contain them."

• Warrior stats are at www.minnesota-scores.net/stats

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BRAINERD WARRIORS

OFFENSE

WR: 8-Pat Gervenak, 11-Max Boran, 82-Brandon Burgraff, 12-Cade Pikula, 87-Mike Bostrom

T: 75-Michael Bieganek, 74-Hunter Erickson, 71-Ryan Powers

G: 55-Seth Desrocher, 71-Ryan Powers, 52-David Olson, 50-Ryan Peterson

C: 62-Will Schneider, 53-Brett Hague

TE: 91-Greg Rider, 80-Sam Olson

QB: 15-Will Peabody, 7-Sam Miller, 16-Joe Stolski, 14-Abe Schlegel

RB: 28-Charlie Geraets, 34-Max Zimmerman, 27-McCale Peterson, 25-Jacob Ebinger, 37-Joe Klang

FB: 47-Evan Schreifels

DEFENSE

Line: 91-Greg Rider, 95-Isaak Hines, 54-Josh Rushmeyer, 74-Hunter Erickson, 32-Ryan Miller

OLB: 35-Brandon Justin, 48-Taylor Ludwig, 46-Nate King, 45-Morgan Gibson, 31-Corbin Pikula

ILB: 42-Luke Johnson, 55-Seth Desrocher, 54-Josh Rushmeyer, 41-Devan Liebeg

CB: 36-Jeff Spieker, 21-Tanner Stenglein, 38-Chris Karels, 33-Cody Christiansen, 17-Tanner Clink, 22-KJ Jackson, 5-Tristan Richardt

S: 25-Jacob Ebinger, 20-Luke Wiskow, 40-Jake Hodge, 38-Chris Karels

SPECIAL TEAMS

P: 41-Devan Liebeg, 82-Brandon Burgraff

K: 81-Zach Henke

Holder: 15-Will Peabody

Long snapper: 35-Brandon Justin

Punt return: 25-Jacob Ebinger, 20-Luke Wiskow

Kick return: 28-Charlie Geraets, 27-McCale Peterson

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SARTELL SABRES

OFFENSE:

WR: 35-Ethan Stark

WR: 14-Brandon Walz

TE: 22-Trent Meyer

LT: 54-Jon Kremer

LG: 66-Ben Gault

C: 61-Trevor Raths

RG: 77-Jared Osendorf

RT: 71-Logan Douvier

QB: 8-Chris Belling

FB: 44-Gavin Reitz

TB: 5-Devin Vouk

DEFENSE:

DT: 63-Dan Ufearo

DT: 31-Mitch Zayas

DE: 47-Jared Freeman

DE: Carter Olson

LB: 17-Tommy Pinkerton

LB: 80-Tyler Snoberger

LB: 13-Lawton Miller

FS: 25-John Schmidt

SS: 5-Devin Vouk

CB: 35-Ethan Stark

CB: 26-Jake Shea

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Long snapper: 57-Cameron Boe

Punter: 8-Chris Belling

Punt return: 5-Devin Vouk

Kicker: 1-Turner Kuhn

Kick return: 5-Devin Vouk

Kick return: 35-Ethan Stark

PAT kicker: 4-Jordan Och

PAT holder: 8-Chris Belling

PAT snapper: 57-Cameron Boe

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WARRIORS SCHEDULE

Sept 1, at Elk River - Lost 42-0

Sept 9, at St. Cloud Apollo - WON 28-21

Sept 16, Willmar - WON 21-7

Sept 23, at Sauk Rapids - WON 35-7

Sept 30, Moorhead - WON 27-22

Oct 8, Alexandria 2 p.m. - Lost 59-45

Oct 14, at Sartell 7 p.m.

Oct 19, Bemidji 7 p.m.

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NORTH CENTRAL RED SUBDISTRICT

Subdistrict Records

Alexandria 5-0, St. Cloud Tech 5-0, Brainerd 4-1, Rocori 3-2, Moorhead 3-2, Sartell 3-2, Bemidji 1-4, Willmar 1-4, Sauk Rapids 0-5, St. Cloud Apollo 0-5

Sept. 30 Results

Alexandria 59, Brainerd 45

Tech 50, Apollo 14

Rocori 27, Bemidji 7

Moorhead 49, Willmar 7

Sartell 21, Sauk Rapids-Rice 7

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SECTION 8-5A

Overall Records

Alexandria 6-0, Brainerd 4-2, Moorhead 3-3, Sartell 3-3, Bemidji 1-5, St. Cloud Apollo 1-5

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TEAM STATS

Points per-game average: Brainerd 26.0, opposition 26.2

Yards per game average: Brainerd 359.7, opposition 376.3

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DEFENSE

Brainerd vs. Sartell

Tackles: Luke Johnson 17, Ebinger 15, Justin 13, Rider 12, Gibson 11, Wiskow 11, Liebeg 10

Pass break-ups: Ludwig 1, Spieker 1, Ebinger 1, Stenglein 2, Rider 1

Pass rush: Luke Johnson 1, Hines 1, Justin 1

Sacks: Justin 1, Rushmeyer 1

Fumble recovery: Ebinger 1, Sam Miller 1, Rider 1

Forced fumbles: Gibson 1, Liebeg 1, Wiskow 1

Blocked extra point: Stenglein 1

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