vizenor electric in return from one-week absence
• By Robert Wanek Jr.
The Breckenridge Cowboys football team left no doubt whether they are a section contender this season on Saturday afternoon at Moorhead High School, handing the Knights of West Central Area/Ashby their first loss, 40-8. Jacob Vizenor returned from a one-game injury absence and caught 3 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The defense forced seven turnovers, including four interceptions by Connor Twidwell, Dylan Bernotas, Cooper Yaggie, and Sebastian Anderson.
Breckenridge went 64 yards on eight plays to start the contest, capped off by a Christian Nieto rushing touchdown on the edge. Nieto went on to score three touchdowns on 89 rushing yards, giving him eight for the season. The coaching staff has kept their lead back fresh, giving him no more than 14 carries in any game. He's responded with 307 yards through three games. Nieto utilized downhill running, stiff-arms, and cutbacks to establish the run and open up the air for another big day by Cooper Yaggie.
Yaggie (8/13, 191 YDS, 3 TD) found tight end Twidwell in the endzone early in quarter two for a four-yard score. The quarterback made a pass through three defenders while being dragged to the ground. The pair connected again later in the game on a 21-yard strike when Yaggie grabbed the low snap and delivered a dart across the middle of the field. Twidwell was busy pancaking the Knights' defense and intercepting passes when he wasn't route running.
It was a dominant day from the Breckenridge defense. MSUM commit Gavin Johnson recovered a fumble and repeatedly stuffed University of North Dakota commit and prolific rusher Jaden Norby. The standout finished with 49 rushing yards, while the Knights totaled less than 140 yards in the game. Jared Aamold recorded his first sack of the season and Jonah Christensen chased Dakota Ecker out of the pocket frequently to force errant throws.
Coach Chad Fredericksen kept sending different looks at the Knights' defense, rolling Danny Erlandson out to the flat, finding Reece Pederson in the pass game, and getting Twidwell's big mitts on the football for his first career receiving touchdown. Breckenridge will be difficult to beat if they can use their weaponized depth to keep opponents off guard going forward.
Breckenridge (3-0) welcomes Hawley (2-1) to town on Friday Oct. 30th for a 7 p.m. kickoff.