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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Prep football: 'Couldn't ask for better night' as Pirates beat Warriors 41-14

  • Senior tailback Josh Edlund rushed 14 times for 243 yards with three touchdowns of one, 69 and 90 yards.
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  • Where do you start?
    Scott Butt got his first win as head coach of the Pirates.
    Senior tailback Josh Edlund rushed 14 times for 243 yards with three touchdowns of one, 69 and 90 yards.
    Senior receiver Alex Boone caught seven passes for 86 yards with a diving touchdown reception and a 36-yard catch down at the one-yard line.
    Senior quarterback Dylan Klatt was 11 of 14 passing for 136 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
    Senior linebacker Ryan Edevold had two interceptions.
    Where do you start?
    The Pirates walloped Warroad 41-14 Friday evening at Ed Widseth Field to open the 2012 season and the Scott Butt era of Pirate Football.
    "That was one heck of a lot of fun," said Coach Butt after the game. "I couldn't ask for a better night.
    "We came out energized and we came out fired up," Coach Butt continued. "The big pass on the opening drive lit us up and made us get excited. We talked all week long about setting the tone. The boys came in and said 'we're going to take this game to them.'"
    Edlund said it felt great to start the season with a win.
    "It's so good, it couldn't feel better," he said after the game. "It's been a great offseason. This coaching staff is so fun. We'll start over next week but we can celebrate this one right now."
    Crookston recorded 419 total yards of offense, while Warroad garnered 252 total yards.
    Coach Butt had a lot to say about those notable performances.
    "Josh makes things out of nothing," he said. "He just keeps searching and finds a hole. He runs really hard and doesn't give up on a play. Sometimes you almost wish he'd just go down. He had those two fumbles but nobody feels more bad about those than him. Josh is one of the two or three best players in this area in my opinion.
    "Alex Boone is a spark plug," said Coach Butt. "He really set the tone with the catch on his fade route to start the game. He just goes out and plays the game. He's not a big kid but he has more athletic ability and more heart than most kids. He really showed just how good of a football player he can be.
    "Dylan played a heck of game," Coach Butt said. "He stepped up and showed senior leadership. Every time he came to the sideline he knew everything that was going on. He played a really pretty good game and played hard. He threw a couple balls high but now we're just nitpicking.
    "Ryan is a heck of a football player and an athlete," Coach Butt said of Edevold's interceptions. "He was where he was supposed to be on both of those and athletic ability took over. Both of them came in big spots even the one late. Warroad was looking to get back in the game and that took the wind out of their sails.
    Page 2 of 3 - "Our defense played really pretty well, especially in the secondary," said Coach Butt. "Up front we have some things we can get better at. The kids played extremely hard and the effort made up for a lot of things that didn't get done. One thing we didn't do was stand around. We really went hard on every play."
    The Pirate defense set the tone for the game, forcing Warroad to punt on its opening drive. A bad snap gave the Pirate offense great field position at the Warrior 37 and on the first play from scrimmage, Klatt found Boone on a 36-yard fade route just short of the goal line. Klatt then ran it in with 7:25 left to make it 6-0.
    Warroad quarterback Alan Peterson tied the game at 6-6 with a two-yard touchdown run with 8:49 left in the second quarter.
    Edlund later took Crookston down to the Warroad 34 with a 27-yard run down the Warrior sideline. That set up the 22-yard touchdown pass from Klatt to Boone, who made a diving catch in the end zone with 5:54 remaining in the first half, giving the Pirates a 12-6 lead.
    "I didn't know anyone had a chance to get it," said Coach Butt. "I looked over and Alex comes up with the ball."
    Warroad nearly answered on the ensuing kickoff with an 89-yard return but it was brought back due to a holding penalty.
    Two plays later, Edevold picked off a Peterson pass, which set up a 19-yard touchdown reception from Klatt to junior tight end Parker Epema on fourth and 19 with 3:44 left in the first half. Klatt then found sophomore Luke Edlund with a pass for the two-point conversion, making it 20-6.
    The Pirates extended their lead with the first possession of the second half when Josh Edlund punched it in from one yard out with 9:34 remaining. The extra point kick by senior Brett Delage made it 27-6.
    Warroad senior running back Tyler Joseph Fish ran in a 17-yard touchdown with 22 seconds left in the third quarter and a two-point conversion run by senior running back Kedon Sweetney made it 27-14.
    Josh Edlund put the game to rest, though, when he reversed his run to the Crookston sideline and received a crucial block from Klatt that sprung him for a 69-yard touchdown run just 17 seconds into the fourth quarter. The extra point by Delage made it 34-14.
    "I cut back and there was Dylan playing like a left tackle," Edlund said. "I wish we could've clocked him because Dylan was running so fast. It took all I had to keep up with him."
    Following a long Warroad drive that finally stalled, Edlund knocked it out of the park on second and 20 from the ten-yard line when he took it all the way for 90 yards with 5:23 left to play. The Delage kick gave Crookston the 41-14 lead it would finish with.
    Page 3 of 3 - "I didn't know it was 90 yards at the time," Edlund said of his home run touchdown. "I just kept going."
    Edevold's second interception came off a tipped pass on Warroad's next possession and sealed the deal.
    Sweetney finished with 161 yards on 27 carries for Warroad. Joseph Fish carried the ball seven times for 41 yards. Peterson was 6 of 13 passing for 42 yards with two interceptions. Tyler Hinkle had two receptions for 29 yards.
    The Pirates, who started last season with a 28-26 win over the Warriors in Warroad before losing the next eight games, will travel to East Grand Forks Friday, Sept. 7 to face the rival Green Wave.
    "It's going to be an interesting one," Coach Butt said of next week. "Being at the game last year, it was a defensive battle. It was a close close game. I've started to think about it and we need to do a lot of the same things. We need to get after them up front. We have to make improvements in the offensive line."
    East Grand Forks came to Crookston last season and beat the Pirates 14-3.
    "If you can't get fired up for a team 28 miles away you have issues," Butt said. "But I don't think we'll have a problem. They have a good football team over there but we have a chance to beat them. It will be a battle for us against a good football team."

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