(September 25, 2012)
The Northstar Football Conference has announced the Player of the Week honorees for last week’s action. There is currently three teams that remain undefeated with Pine River-Backus sitting at 4-0 leading the East Division and Fertile-Beltrami and Mahnomen having 4-0 marks in the West Division. Mahnomen handed a previously undefeated Warren-Alvarado-Oslo team their first loss of the season. W-A-O, Frazee and Pillager all have 3-1records.
This week in conference action, Lake of the Woods travels to Bagley, Cass Lake-Bena hosts Blackduck, Pillager hosts Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, Pine River-Backus heads to Frazee in a crossover matchup, Fertile-Beltrami is at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, Fosston is at Mahnomen and Lake Park- Audubon is at Red Lake County.
Player of the Week Award Winners East Division
Offensive Player of the Week- Kyler LaVine (Bagley) had 18 carries for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 24-19 loss at Pine River-Backus. LaVine scored on runs of 9 yards, 70 yards and 38 yard.
Defensive Player of the Week – Jared Adkins (Pine River-Backus) had 12 tackles and an interception in Pine River-Backus’s win over Bagley.
Special Teams Player of the Week – Devin Strack (Pillager) was involved with several punts and made the tackle on 3 kick-offs. On offense, he carried the ball 5 times for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Offensive Player of the Week – Gunnar Gisvold (Fertile-Beltrami) had 215 yards rushing and scored 4 touchdowns agains Cass Lake-Bena.
Defensive Players of the Week – Garret Malstrom (Frazee) was in on 5 tackles and made a big interception versus a solid Red Lake County team. Darin Geray (Mahnomen) had 5 tackles, including 2 for big losses and a sack. Darin played a great game from his Defensive End position and was a big factor in a shut out win over Warren-Alvarado-Oslo.
Special Teams Player of the Week – Jordan Ketter (Frazee) returned a punt for 51 yards for a touchdown and provided great open field tackling on the coverage teams.
Other outstanding efforts for last week were turned in by: Brandon Mager (Pine River-Backus) and Jake Pavek (Mahnomen) on offense. Defensively, Shane Fenske (Blackduck) and Christopher Zimmer (Walker-Hackensack- Akeley) had big nights.