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Flyers soar in for Delano’s home-opener; both teams looking for a win

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO — Delano is hoping to use Friday night’s home-opener to get in the win column for the 2018 season.

The Tigers host the Flyers of Little Falls, who are in the same situation, in search of a win following an opening-week loss.

Delano enters off a 37-19 loss at Zimmerman, where the Tigers  out-gained the Thunder but turned the ball over five times.

Little Falls enters the game at Delano off a 48-18 loss at home to Dassel-Cokato. The Flyers, too, were hurt by turnovers.

After viewing the Little Falls game tape from opening week, Delano coach Merrill Pavlovich saw a lot of what he saw in person at Zimmerman.

Delano's Isaiah McManus (6) and Caden Link (22) take down Zimmerman's Jake Pool during the Aug. 30 game in Zimmerman. McManus, Link and the rest of the Tigers host Little Falls tonight in the home-opener. Photo by Matt Kane

Delano’s Isaiah McManus (6) and Caden Link (22) take down Zimmerman’s Jake Pool during the Aug. 30 game in Zimmerman. McManus, Link and the rest of the Tigers host Little Falls tonight in the home-opener.
Photo by Matt Kane

“Missed assignments and mistakes, much like Delano experienced in our first game,” he said.

Also like Delano, Little Falls was plagued by poor field position and turnovers in the second half.

Dassel-Cokato took two interceptions of Flyers quarterback Austin Udy to the end zone for touchdowns in the third quarter.

In the game at Zimmerman, Delano gained 349 yards of offense against an athletic Thunder defense.

Quarterback Max Otto led an affective passing game, throwing for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Otto completed 18-of-30 passes. (Statistics are unofficial.)

Thirty pass attempts is more than the Tigers like to throw the ball, historically, but the path of the game forced Delano to go to the air, especially late, when the Tigers trailed in the game.

Delano rushed for 122 yards. Senior Sam Kern claimed most of those yards, rushing for 96 yards on 14 carries.

Senior fullback Caden Link scored Delano’s only rushing touchdown.

While the outside passing game and the speed rushing of Kern are something to worry about, Little Falls coach Joe Bartos expects a challenge from Delano inside.

“Delano, typically, has aggressive and very active interior players on both sides of the ball — line, backs and linebackers — it appears to be the same this season,” Bartos said. “I expect Delano to be a large and physical football team.”

Delano’s defense played well at Zimmerman, but also gave up several big plays that led to touchdowns.  Zimmerman got behind the Tiger defense for gains of 56 and 55 yards on two runs.

The Little Falls defense seemed to tire against Dassel-Cokato. The Chargers scored 7 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, and 28 in the third. Of course, two of the touchdowns given up were the fault of the Flyers’ offense, via those two interceptions.

Pictured here in his sophomore season as a Delano Tiger, Isaiah Sloan is now the tailback for the Little Falls Flyers, the team Delano will host Friday night. Photo by Matt Kane

Pictured here in his sophomore season as a Delano Tiger, Isaiah Sloan is now the tailback for the Little Falls Flyers, the team Delano will host Friday night.
Photo by Matt Kane

The Flyers’ 3-4 defense gave up 436 total yards to the Chargers, including 156 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and 280 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

Little Falls did force and recover four fumbles against Dassel-Cokato.

Running a pro-style system, the Flyers’ offense gained 187 yards of total offense against Dassel-Cokato. They ran for just 50 yards on 29 rushes (1.7 yards per carry), and threw for 137 yards and three touchdowns.

Udy completed 14-of-33 passes.

Two of Udy’s touchdown passes went to Luke Kush, both from 14 yards out. Udy hit Grant Like late in the fourth quarter for his third touchdown pass of the game.

“Impressive receivers,” Pavlovich said of Little Falls.

Little Falls’ leading rusher was someone Delano knows well, Isaiah Sloan, who played for Pavlovich and the Tigers a season ago.

Sloan ran the ball 19 times for 53 yards. He wears jersey No. 11.

The scenario heading into Friday night’s meeting between the Tigers and Flyers mirrors the Week 2 situation a year ago, when both teams were coming off an opening-week loss to the same two opponents. The visiting Tigers claimed the game last season at Little Falls, 37-6.

This Saturday is the Winsted Beer Festival – Sat. Sept. 8th 2018 – Winstock Grounds

SPONSORED POST: • REMINDER • For a chance to sample beer, wine, & spirits from more than 25 local and national vendors, look no further than the Winsted Beer Festival in Winsted. In addition to the sampling, food will be served at the event including burgers, brats, pork chops, pizza, bottled water, & pop.

300x600_winsted_beer_festivalThis 5th annual event will take place Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Winstock Country Music Festival grounds. Gates will open at 2 p.m.

Only those 21 and older, with a valid ID, will be allowed to enter. Participants will receive a commemorative mug to use for the 2-ounce beer and wine samples, and they will be able to vote for their favorite beverage.

Tickets can be purchased online at, Adult Training & Habilitation Center (ATHC) in Winsted, or at the Blue Note Ballroom.

Tickets are $35 each. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each, and include a mug and non-alcoholic beverages.

There is no charge for parking.

Grand Festival Sunday, Sept. 9

DELANO, MN – The main feature of the annual Harvest Festival, sponsored by St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, is Grand Festival Sunday, Sept. 9. It will include foods, ranging from a traditional turkey dinner to burgers, hot dogs, mini donuts, soft serve ice cream, and cheese curds. Games and activities include bingo, cake walk, children and teen competitions, silent auction, country store, meat raffle, and photo booth. Live entertainment will be provided by DJ John Fitzer and West Highway. Festival hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m.. The Harvest Festival is a celebration of God’s bountiful harvest. All community members are invited to attend.

Waffle breakfast Saturday, Sept. 8

DELANO, MN – Delano Senior Center, 234 Second St. N., will host a Dad’s Belgian Waffle breakfast from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The cost is $8 in advance, $9 at the door, and $3 for children 5 and younger. Advance tickets are available from the center or any Delano firefighter. There will also be a silent auction from 8-11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit the center and the Delano Fire Relief Association. Transportation is available by calling 763-972-0574.

Free Delano Splashpad admission Saturday, Sept. 1

DELANO, MN – As the Delano Splashpad season comes to a close, the city is offering free admission to all visitors Saturday, Sept. 1. The facility is open noon-8 p.m.

Last chance to vote for ‘Best of Delano Area’ Tuesday, July 31

DELANO, MN – Voting for the “Best of Delano Area” ends Tuesday, July 31, so it’s time to get your vote in if you haven’t yet.

Online at, is a list of contest categories such as best burgers, convenience store, live music venue, and many more.

Simply vote for those you think are the best.

There is no cost to vote, and every entry will be included in a drawing for prizes. Grand prize is a pass for two for a dinner and show at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Other prizes are subscriptions to the Delano Herald Journal.

Complete entries are appreciated, but you only need to vote in the categories you wish.

Remember, this is “Delano area” so your favorites don’t necessarily have to be in Delano (but many of them will be, right?).

Eligible votes must be on a page from the Delano Herald Journal; online voting is limited to one entry per email address.

Prizewinners will be announced shortly after the close of voting, and the Best of Delano Area winners will be featured in a special section of the newspaper in September.