Three return touchdowns highlight 47-pt 1st half
• By Robert Wanek Jr.
The Breckenridge football team wasted no time scoring on Wednesday, as James Mertes took the opening kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown — one of three return scores for the Cowboys in a 54-0 victory over Staples-Motley. Breckenridge ends its regular season at 5-1, as the likely no. 1 seed heading into Section 6A playoffs next week against an opponent to be decided.
Joining Mertes in the touchdown column were special teams speedsters Dylan Bernotas and Jacob Vizenor. Bernotas followed up last week’s excellent receiving game with a punt return touchdown that included breaking two shoe-string tackles on his way to the endzone. Vizenor scored three touchdowns, highlighted by a ridiculous return in which he changed direction several times before streaking 65 yards for the score.
Cooper Yaggie dissected the defense once again with three passing touchdowns. His air raid began with a scrambling pass to Connor Twidwell, while the other two touchdowns went to Vizenor, who finished with with 2 catches for 69 yards. Yaggie’s longest completion went for 47 yards, a dime that dropped right into the breadbasket up the middle of the field to Vizenor. Yaggie had an extremely efficient regular season, completing 66% of his passes, amassing 934 total yards, and scoring 14 total touchdowns.
Vizenor’s regular-season statistics were otherworldly. Despite a couple of injuries and sporadic usage resulting from load management, the senior scatback absolutely torched teams. He turned 26 touches into 582 yards and 10 total touchdowns, posting 116 yards per game.
The second-half of Breckenridge’s beatdown saw Daniel Erlandson score on the ground. The state’s top fullback totaled 60 yards rushing and 40 receiving to reach the century mark in yardage for the first time this season. Reese Pederson recorded his first interception of the campaign and Gavin Johnson tallied a sack to highlight the defensive efforts. Johnson, an MSUM Dragons football commit, recorded three tackles for loss.
Breckenridge enters postseason play averaging 40 points and allowing 14 per game. They are ranked no. 5 in the QRF formula, two spots behind section foe New York Mills (4-0).