Some positive COVID tests at Barnesville High School played a role in the makeup of the Trojans starting lineup on Thursday in Hawley, however, the Trojans depth showed up as they defeated the Nuggets by a score of 32-6.
“Finding out going into a game that you will be without 8 starting positions out of 22, a person gets very worried, now add in the rivalry game with Hawley and it starts to cause some major anxiety,” acknowledged Barnesville Head Coach Bryan Strand. “We have had some confirmed cases of COVID in school, none of which are on the football team as of yet, but we had to have some players quarantined for this game. The ones that stepped into their positions did a great job and I couldn't be any more proud of their effort.”
Barnesville scored 3 first half TD's taking a 24-0 lead into halftime. The first score came on an 8 yard run by Noah Krause, followed by a 2-point conversion run by Cameron Heng. Krasue scored again, this time on a one yard run and then connected with Andrew Pederson on a two-point conversion pass to give the Trojans a 16-0 lead. They increased it to 24-0 on a 72 yard TD run by Pederson and a conversion pass from Krause to Heng in the second quarter.
In the second half Heng ran 25 yards for the final Barnesville TD and Krause scored on the two-point conversion run.
The Nuggets lone touchdown came with just 21 seconds left in the third quarter when Bradley Olson completed a 6-yard pass to Joey Aakre.
Hawley was held to 112 total yards, 64 rushing and 48 passing. Their leaders were Cole Sunde (5 completions, 14 attempts, 42 yards), Justin Koski (13 carries, 35 yards) and Sam Burkel (1 catch, 28yards). Aakre led the defense with 6 solo tackles, while John Vetter, Ethan Magnusson and Alex Schenck each recorded a sack.
Barnesville had 347 yards, all on the ground. The Trojans had 17 first downs to 7 for the Nuggets.
“Obviously with less players, fatigue started playing into the mix a bit in the 2nd half,” noted Strand. “It was a fun game and we came out healthy, now to get some of our boys back for the homecoming game on Friday! Jonny Robideau had another fantastic night for us on both sides of the ball but truly he played remarkable on the defensive side! He has put in the time in the weight room and it really shows, Joey Mark and Brady Kroll had great games as well, defensively. Sophomore Brodee Gray stepped into the starting lineup at corner and did great, good coverage and tackled very well. Andrew Pederson saw his first major game and ran very well, ran the ball 8 times for 153 yards and a TD, not a bad first night! Noah Krause (14 carries, 56 yards, 2 TDs) did a great job leading the team at QB with the absence of Adam Tonsfeldt. So many, hard to name them all on who stepped up and played so hard. Now we start preparing for Roseau!”