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Rebels Defeat Otters in Overtime to Win Section 8AAA Title

By Craig Olson, 11/04/21, 10:30PM CDT


The high school football season ended for the Fergus Falls Otters in the Fargodome on Thursday night with a 22-20 overtime loss to the top-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels in the Section 8AAA championship game.  The Otters end their season with a record of 8-3.  D-G-F will advance to the State Quarterfinals in Buffalo on Saturday, November 13 at 2:00pm.

DGF received the opening kick-off and completed a 77-yard scoring drive when Nick Waale carried the ball into the end zone from the ten yard line.  Owen Leach then delivered a two-point conversion pass to Jordan Summers and the Rebels led 8-0.  That was the only score of the first half.

The Otters got on the board with a 60-yard scoring drive in the third quarter as Landon Thacker ran the ball in from 3 yards out to cut the lead to 8-6.

DGF pushed the lead to 14-6 on a 23 yard run by Summers, capping a 73-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter.  Cole Zierden intercepted the two-point conversion pass.  The drive lasted six minutes and forty-one seconds, leaving the Otters just 4:56 on the clock.  They were able to drive the ball and a 23 yard reception by Jonah Sorum took the Otters down to the two yard line, setting up a 1 yard TD run by Thacker with just 1:13 to play.  Carter Thielke tied the game with a two-point conversion run.

DGF won the coin toss and got the first possession of overtime.  After a penalty on the Otters, the Rebels scored on a 5 yard run by Logan Johnson.  Johnson then scored the two-point conversion to give the Rebels a 22-14 lead.

Fergus Falls scored on their first play when Thielke hit Zierden with a 10 yard TD pass.  The Otters two-point pass attempt fell incomplete and the Rebels had a 22-20 win.

Fergus Falls had 89 rushing yards and 137 passing yards for a total of 226 yards of offense.  Thielke completed 12-of-21 passes and ran the ball 9 times for 44 yards.  Thacker had 6 carries for 23 yards. Luke Newman led the receivers with 58 yards on 5 catches and Zierden had 4 receptions for 46 yards.

DGF ran the ball 49 times for 232 yards with Summers leading the way with 29 carries for 140 yards.  Waale added 36 yards on 7 attempts.  Leach was 2-for-8 throwing the football for 59 yards.  Johnson (1 catch, 33 yards) and Logan Bitker (1 catch, 26 yards) were on the receiving end of his completions.  DGF finished with 291 total yards.