By PATRICK SLACK
Junior Mitch Lange pounded the Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) defense for 159 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries to power host Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) to a 48-6 win, Friday.
Lange also put on a dominant defensive performance, tallying 12 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Senior Eric Frieler helped balance the Patriots’ offense through the air, completing 8-of-13 passes for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Senior Garrett Wolf was Frieler’s top target, hauling in three passes for 84 yards and a score and senior Tren Dinius had three receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Alec Griffith added eight tackles defensively and senior Avery Smieja forced a safety.
USA travels to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Wednesday, for its regular season finale.
USA 48, Wadena-Deer Creek 6
Wadena-Deer Creek 0 0 0 6 – 6
Upsala-Swanville Area 14 15 12 7 – 48
USA—Rushing: Mitch Lange, 33-159; Eric Frieler, 9-49; Brock Cichon, 5-39; Kyle Lange, 4-27; Tren Dinius, 2-18; Tyler Evans, 3-12. Passing: Frieler, 8-13, 136; Evans, 1-3, 4. Receiving: Garrett Wolf, 3-84; Dinius, 3-54; Carter Loven, 1-4; Colten Kruzel, 1-3. Defense: Mitch Lange, 12 tackles, interception, fumble recovery; Alec Griffith, 8 tackles; Frieler, 6 tackles; Kruzel, 4 tackles; Avery Smieja, 4 tackles, safety; Cichon, 3 tackles, fumble recovery.