Duluth's Team, Class 4A No. 10-ranked Duluth Denfeld, pounded Duluth East 27-14 in a Northeast Red high school football game before a standing-room-only crowd Friday night at Ordean Stadium.
The Hunters led 20-0 at the half, thanks in part to an 80-yard running touchdown by ultra-elite junior halfback Taye Manns – the DuluthTimes.com's 2023 Preseason Player of the Year pick – in the first quarter.
Manns finished with two rushing touchdowns, and 187 yards on 10 carries.
"It was a tough win against our rivals," Duluth Denfeld coach Erik Lofald said afterwards. "We had some explosive plays in the first half with some great defensive stops when we needed them. We settled down following some sloppy play in the second half combined with a tenacious East squad, who made it a game late. But we made big plays when we needed it. We're excited to be 4-0 going into an important week."
Punchless Duluth East sank to 1-3 overall.
The Hunters, who sit atop the Northeast Red standings at 3-0, will play host to North Branch (3-1, 2-0) on Friday night at Marv Heikkinen Field on the beautiful Duluth Denfeld High campus.
1. Taye Manns, RB, Duluth Denfeld
2. Rajon Gamble, NG, Duluth Denfeld
3. KJ Pulliam, WR/DB, Duluth Denfeld
Other games of local interest:
Hermantown 31, Grand Rapids 14 – Junior quarterback Alex Schott again took over for the winning Hawks, throwing for a pair of touchdowns and running for another. The Hawks (3-1) are heavy favorites at Rock Ridge (1-3) Friday night.
Esko 60, Pequot Lakes 0 – The Class 3A No. 3-ranked Eskomos blitzed their 3A No. 5 opponents, to improve to 4-0 overall. Heavy favorite Esko hosts Two Harbors Friday night.
Grandma's Marathon tickets going on sale
After reaching its second-earliest sellout ever a year ago, Grandma’s Marathon will open registration for its 2024 race weekend on Sunday, October 1. With three weekend races – Grandma’s Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and William A. Irvin 5K – bringing more than 20,000 participants to Duluth and the surrounding region each year, the event has now reached a sellout in two straight years.
“If race day is the biggest day of our year, the day registration opens is a close second in terms of excitement for our participants,” said Marketing & Public Relations Director Zach Schneider. “With the great race weekends we’ve had in recent memory, there’s every reason to believe we’ll again see lots of interest starting on October 1 and set ourselves up for another big weekend in June.”
The 2024 Grandma’s Marathon weekend is scheduled for June 20-22.
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