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....