The Crookston Pirate Football team struggled offensively to move the ball, but their special teams play and defense kept them in the game until the Breckenridge Cowboys scored two second-half touchdowns and won the game 26-13 in a game played in the rain in Crookston.
FIRST QUARTER –
Crookston started the game with the ball and lost five yards on their first carry and had a three and out. Crookston punted the ball 30 yards and Breckenridge’s Jacob Vizenor showed off some tremendous speed and returned the punt 78 yards for a touchdown and the Cowboys led 6-0. “There are alot of ways to start a game and that isn’t one,” said Pirate Coach Scott Butt. “We have to do a better job of staying in our lanes and it looked like we were standing still.” Crookston had the ball back and had a 10 yard Ethan Boll run to start off the drive and three plays later Leyton Salentine completed a pass to Quinn Westlake for 32 yards and it looked like Crookston was in business. The next play was a run of two yards and then they lost nine yards and the drive stalled. Breckenridge got the ball back and fumbled on their first offensive play of the game and Crookston’s Brady Butt recovered the ball at the Cowboy 35-yard line. Crookston wasn’t having a lot of success on the drive but got a first down and on the seventh play of Salentine found Westlake again, this time in the endzone for a 20-yard touchdown and after an extra point kick, the Pirates led 7-6 with 66 seconds left in the opening quarter. “It was a nice way to answer and I thought Quinn did a good job of coming back to the ball,” said Coach Butt. “Leyton threw a nice ball and it was nice to get a lead and we felt good at that point.”
Both teams struggled in the second quarter without any scoring until the final two minutes of the half. Crookston’s lack of offense in the quarter killed them when they were forced to punt and with the Pirate punter in the endzone, the snap was high and Brooks Butt had the ball go off his hand and rolled out of the endzone to the one-yard line and it didn’t matter who recovered the ball because the Cowboys had the ball at the one-yard line. “The snap was a little high,” said Coach Butt. “Brooks couldn’t corral it and you can’t put yourself in that position.” Two plays later, Breckenridge’s Daniel Erlandson scored on a one-yard run and after a two-point conversion, they led 14-7 with 1:42 left in the half. On the ensuing kickoff, Crookston’s Ty Hamre (one of the up-men) grabbed the ball and stiff-armed two defenders and got to the sideline in front of the Pirate bench and the 6’4 205 pounds senior bolted down the sideline for a touchdown. The Pirates missed the extra point and Breckenridge led 14-13 going into halftime. “It was a great return and he kept running,” said Coach Butt. “It was a good way to answer and Ty really ran it hard.”
Crookston’s offense continued to struggle to get anything going and Breckenridge put a nice drive together and on the sixth play of the drive they went for it on fourth down and two and gained five yards for a first down. Five plays later, Breckenridge scored on a 10-yard pass from Yaggie to Jace Jenson for a 20-13 lead. “They did a nice job of taking down the field and moved it extremely well,” said Coach Butt. “It was important to stop the extra point to keep us within seven.” Crookston followed up with a three and out and on the next drive they turned it over on downs and at the end of the quarter, Breckenridge led 20-13.
Crookston started a drive with less than nine minutes left and had a 12 yard run from Ethan Boll on the second play of the drive. They kept the drive going and on the ninth play, Salentine had a run of 20 yards to get the Pirates within striking distance. On the next play there was a bad snap and the next play was a fumble that the Pirates jumped on for a third down and long play. The next pass was intercepted by Jacob Vizenor and the scoring threat was done. “The bad snap and fumble hurt the drive,” said Coach Butt. “We were moving the ball well and hurt ourselves on the drive.” Breckenridge ran the ball twice for no gain before and incompletion forcing a punt. The snap was low and the punter kneeled down to scoop up the ball and Crookston had the ball at the Breckenridge 25 yard line with 3:37 left in the game. Once again, Crookston’s offense struggled and couldn’t take advantage of the short field and was stopped. Breckenridge had the ball back and Crookston stopped them, only for the Pirates to throw an interception on the first play of the series. Breckenridge went for the jugular on a fourth down and long play with a beautiful pass from Yaggie to Vizenor (who caught the ball over his shoulder) for a 38-yard touchdown and Breckenridge held on for a 26-13 victory. “We aren’t moving people up front (on the line) and that is hurting us. When we come off the ball hard we can run the ball well, but we have to get more consistent,” said Coach Butt. “This was a tough loss. I thought defensively we played really well, but offensively we struggled.”
Crookston drops to 2-5 on the year and will wrap up the regular season hosting Otter Tail Central on Wednesday, October 16. Breckenridge improves to 4-3 on the year.
9:16 – Breck – Jacob Vizenor 78 yard punt return (kick failed)
1:06 – Crox – Leyton Salentine 20 yard pass to Quinn Westlake (Brooks Butt kick)
1:42 – Breck – Daniel Erlandson 1 yard run (Chris Nieto run)
1:26 – Crox – Ty Hamre 73 yard kick off return (kick failed)
6:33 – Breck – Cooper Yaggie 10 yard pass to Jace Jenson (run failed)
1:26 – Breck – Cooper Yaggie 38 yard pass to Jacob Vizenor (run railed)
|Ethan Boll 18-69||Jack Aigner 19-83|
|Leyton Salentine 9-20||Chris Nieto 6-15|
|Jaxon Wang 4-6||Emmit Vig 6-4|
|Jacob Hesby 2-0||Jacob Vizenor 5-45|
|Cooper Yaggie 4-(-1)|
|Darin Erlandson 1-1
|Leyton Salentine 5-10-2 69 yds||Cooper Yaggie 3-5-0 56 yds|
|Quinn Westlake 3-63||Jacob Vizenor 1-38|
|Gunner Gunderson 2-6||Jace Jenson 1-10|
|Tyson Piechowski 1-8|