The victory comes after a 28-14 win on the road against Thief River Falls last week, giving the Green Wave back-to-back wins for the first time this year.
“We were very physical that game and I wanted us to carry that over tonight,” East Grand Forks coach Ryan Kasowski said after the win. “I thought we came out lackadaisical, just going through the motions. In a rivalry game that can never happen. But I thought we picked it up as the game went on.”
After a quick three and out from the Green Wave, the Pirates’ first drive of the game lasted the entire first quarter. Ethan Boll, Jacob Hesby and Jack Doda racked up quality rushing attempts as Crookston aimed to control the clock. Boll, especially, was able to slip through the first wave of defenders.
“They really came out hard and they were very physical up front. On the defensive line, they gave us a lot of fits. Boll was really hard for us to block, so credit to them for having a really good game plan,” Kasowski said.