Both the Chargers and Freeze entered Friday nights game, still very much in the hunt for a Section 8 9-man football title. The Charges used a solid ground game and four Northern Freeze turn-overs to win 38 to 24. With two games remaining in the regular season Goodridge-Grygla improves to 4-and-2 on season, while the Freeze drop to 2-and-4.
Conditions at game time were extremely windy, with gust of 50 mph, which had definite effects on the kicking game of both teams. The effects on the passing game were not extreme, although the Northern Freeze passed just 19 times, compared to the 35+ pass attempts the previous week against Kittson Central.
Junior running back Daniel Polansky was the work-horse for the Chargers. Polansky carried the ball 39 times for 160 yards; scoring on four runs, including a 65 yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Polansky also threw, from the half-back position, for 62-yards and a touchdown. Goodridge/Grygla QB Hunter McMillin was efficient running the Charger offense. McMillin, a sophomore, was 4-for-9 in the air for 65-yards and alos ran the ball 18 times for 57-yards.
The Northern Freeze shied from their usual shot-gun air game, and for the most part kept the ball on the ground through the first 3-quarters of the game. Kyle Hestekind had the lone rushing touchdown, a first quarter 46-yard run that would give the Freeze their only lead of the game. Freeze QB Beau Bothum would connect on two 4th quarter touchdown passes, 20 & 45 yards, to running back Nick Olson. Olson was active with catches or 90 yards and another 124 yards in rushing.
Goodridge/Grygla will play at Stephen-Argyle next Thursday, October 13th. The Northern Freeze will host the Clearbrook-Gonvick Bears on Friday, October 14th.