The Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels football team trampled the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears by a score of 61-13 on Saturday, October 27. The Rebels, led by Jake Disterhaupt’s 209 yards and Michael Pender’s 135 yards rushing, totaled 479 yards rushing and added 51 yards passing for a total offensive effort of 530 yards.
Pender scored the first of his two touchdowns on a three-yard run. Ben Moonen hit the kick for 7-0. Mike Gassert banged it over from a yard out and Moonen drilled the kick for 14-0. BJ Young rushed for seven yards and Moonen again hit the kick for 21-0. Pender closed out the first quarter with a 16-yard run and Moonen went to 4-for-4 with the kick for 28-0 after just 12 minutes of play.
Eveleth-Gilbert was able to get a quirky touchdown on a tipped pass for a 32-yard TD and they kicked the extra point for 28-7. ML-WR answered with a seven-yard run by Disterhaupt and a Moonen kick for 35-7 at halftime.
Disterhaupt picked up 100 of his 209 yards on two third-period scores of 70 and 30 yards, respectively. Moonen made it 6-for-6 for 42-7, but missed the next kick after Disterhaupt’s second score of the frame for 48-0 and 6-for-7 on the boots. Young ran a 45-yard sprint for a TD and Moonen made it 55-7 as he went 7-for-8. Moonen closed out the Rebels scoring with a 17-yard jaunt and although he missed the kick, for 6-9 on the night, it was a big 61-13 lead for ML-WR.
Disterhaupt led the runners with 209 yards on 17 carries (12.30). Pender ran 14 times for 135 yards (9.64). Gassert ran seven times for 67 yards (.57) and Young carried two times for 50 yards (25 per carry).
Tony Adamczak was hot with four completions on three attempts for 51 yards and no interceptions. Layne Johnson, Isaac Coil and Pender each caught one pass for 23, 19 and nine yards, respectively.
Moonen led the tacklers with six stops. Brett Hawkins and Coil each had five tackles. Cameron Schmidt and Dan Leino each had one quarterback sack. Disterhaupt and Young each had one interception.
The Rebels, at 10-0, advance to the 7-3 Marshall School of Duluth on Thursday, November 1 at Duluth Public Schools Stadium with game time set for 7:30 p.m.