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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Defense lifts Park Rapids past Roseau

By Vance Carlson - Park Rapids Enterprise

Ben Baumgartner lunged into the end zone to give Park Rapids a 6-0 lead in the first quarter of Friday night's game against Roseau. - Park Rapids Enterprise

Capitalizing on a myriad of Roseau mistakes led the Park Rapids football team to a successful home opener Friday night at Vern Weekley Field.

Roseau couldn’t overcome three interceptions, two lost fumbles and nine penalties as the Panthers jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead en route to a 21-6 Heart O’Lakes Conference victory.

On the first series of the game, the Panthers were able to overcome a 6-yard loss on a fumble on the first play from scrimmage when Roseau was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. That started an eight-play, 64-yard scoring drive. Tyler McCollum hit Noah MacPherson for a 16-yard gain and Josh Severtson rushed for 11 and 12 yards to the Roseau 5 that set up a 2-yard TD plunge by Ben Baumgartner. That gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead with 9:49 to play in the first quarter.

On Roseau’s first series, Jon Burlingame intercepted a tipped pass at the Park Rapids 29. The Panthers returned the favor when AJ Hogenson intercepted a pass at the Roseau 18. Baumgartner’s 8-yard run and 6-yard reception led the Panthers to the Roseau 47 before the turnover.

The Rams put together a drive as Alex Halstensgard rushed three times for 31 yards to reach the Park Rapids 33. Park Rapids’ defense held and the Panthers took over at their own 27....

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