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Packers top Knights to earn No. 2 seed

Senior running back Preston Lehmann had another strong night, and the Packers ended the regular season by flattening the Grand Forks Central Knights 44-6 on Wednesday night.

Lehmann carried the ball 15 times for 204 yards - the seventh-highest total in school history - and three touchdowns.

Shelby Schulz also had 10 carries for 97 yards.

As a whole, the Packers had 372 rushing yards. Only the 1971 Packers team (400) and the 2002 team (373) rushed for more yards in a single game.

With the running game being that dominant, Packers quarterback Scott Cameron attempted a grand total of five passes, completing three for 44 yards.

The game started strong, with Lehmann running 62 yards down to the Knights' 12-yard line. A touchdown run came from senior Miles Scholl on the next play.

The defense was clicking as well, allowing just 19 rushing yards and 57 passing yards. They got a sack from defensive lineman Brody Mertz and an interception from safety Jordan Bishoff.

With his three touchdowns against the Knights, Lehmann moved to fourth on the Packers single season scoring list with 110 points.

The Packers move to 6-3 on the season and 5-1 in the Eastern Dakota Conference. They are in a three-way tie with the Fargo South Bruins and the Grand Forks-Red River Roughriders for the best record in the EDC, and have the No. 2 seed in the conference due to tiebreakers from head-to-head matchups.

The first round of the playoffs begins this weekend, and sees the Packers hosting the Minot high Magicians on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Fargodome. If they win, they will move on to play the winner between Bismarck and Devils Lake next week.