Prep football: Becker bruises Milaca for coach Lundeen's 300th victory

Prep football: Becker bruises Milaca for coach Lundeen's 300th victory

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Prep football: Becker bruises Milaca for coach Lundeen's 300th victory

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The large banner, in Becker blue and white, said it all.

It was unfurled not long after the Bulldogs dismantled Milaca 61-6 on an ideal Thursday night at Eppard Field.

The banner read “Congratulations! Coach Dwight Lundeen 300 Wins.”

“It’s really special,” Becker senior wing back Eric Dudek said. “I’m really glad to be a part of it.”

Lundeen became the fourth head coach in state prep football history to win 300 games, joining Brainerd’s Ron Stolski, Verndale’s Mike Mahlen and Cambridge’s George Larson.

“It was a lot of fun to be a part of something so special,” said Bulldogs senior wide receiver Joel Hopkins, who was part of an offense that had six passing touchdowns in the first half and seven in the game.

“And to be a captain on the night of Dwight’s 300th win is something else.”

The coach was part of a pregame, halftime and postgame celebration that included football alumni from the program’s entire history. Lundeen is the school’s only head coach.

The St. Cloud State graduate started the program 43 years ago.

“We do get excited,” Lundeen said of Thursday’s victory. “Really, this whole thing is not about me.

“It takes a lot of things, a lot of people, a lot of players to get to 300 wins … This is not about Dwight Lundeen.

“This is about a great football tradition.”

Becker piled up 389 yards of total offense, including 199 in the air.

The Bulldogs threw early and often, taking a 41-0 lead at halftime.

“They kicked our butt,” Milaca head coach Randy Johnson said. “They are a good football team. In our first possession in the first quarter, I think we surprised ourselves a little bit. We moved the ball and I think the guys found out they could stay with them a little. But then we made a mistake or two and that was that.”

For the Bulldogs, shutting down the Wolves was perhaps the best thing to come out of the evening. They had thrown seven touchdown passes before, doing it in last season’s opener against Buffalo.

“Our defense is really improving,” senior split end/safety Brett Watercott said. “Last year, it was a little shaky. We almost had a shutout. That was a big one for us.”

Becker picked off two passes and recovered a fumble. Milaca gained 210 yards on 50 plays. One was a 61-yard touchdown by quarterback Brian Kiel.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, got a big game from Tommy Benson. The senior quarterback completed 11 of 14 passes for 185 yards and six touchdowns while throwing no interceptions. Like most of the starters, he was out of the game midway through the third quarter.

“We were really sharp,” Lundeen said. “I was pretty happy with our execution. They were blitzing a lot, but Tommy was really sharp. Our kids caught the ball well. I don’t remember too many drops.”

He will, however, remember the night.

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