The 6-0 and second-ranked Rebels earned their 60th consecutive regular season win as they ran, passed and demolished the 4-2 Deer River Warriors with a 45-0 shutout victory in Willow River on Friday, October 4. Brad Fossum had two touchdown passes, one to Jon Evenson and one to Ike Pederson. Ezra Szczyrbak, Hunter Herzog and Milan Dragicevich each had a quarterback sack.
Deer River kicked to Josh Pettersen and Thomas Hansen, but it was up-back Dylan Lovegreen taking it from the 25 to the 39. David Moonen ran a pitch for couple and Pettersen took it to midfield for a first. Illegal procedure moved the Rebels back five. Pettersen went left for three. Pettersen was tossed for a loss of two. A pass went in and out of Pederson’s hands and the Rebels punt rolled out of bounds on the 36 at 7:14.
A right side netted six and a middle run was good for a first with JJ Sayler and Pederson having to stop on the 49. The Warriors quarterback ran for eight up the middle with Charlie Adamczak in pursuit. A delay of game cost the Warriors five and a draw netted nothing against Lovegreen. A pass to the right flat was good for only a few against Moonen. Szczyrbak had a sack, but a flag flew for a questionable face mask for third-and-two. Movement cost Deer River five and a middle pass was incomplete. The quarterback tried to tuck and run, but was short of the first at 4:58.
Moonen was taken down on a pitch. A pitch to right side looked good, but a hold flew. Evenson got big yards on a left pitch for a first to the 38 at 3:52. A Pettersen right side run was another first. Fossum tried to run, but lost two. Pettersen ran the counter for a first to the 24. Evenson went left for nine and hit the middle to the six-yard line. Pettersen ran the middle to the three as the quarter ended at 0-0, but with ML-WR threatening to cash in.
It was Moonen in the middle for the three-yard TD to start the second stanza and Lovegreen crashed in for the two-point conversion for 8-0 at 11:56.
Adamczak’s kick was good for the 26 as the receiver slipped down and covered his fumble. A left side run was good for only four with Adamczak on the stop. A pass to the left side was good for a first with Dragicevich tackling. A middle run was held to two by Moonen and a middle right run was covered for only one by Dragicevich. After consideration, the Warriors punted. A high and deep one was wisely fair caught by Sayler. A pitch to Pettersen went for eight. Moonen hit the middle for only a yard, but Lovegreen busted the middle for a first at 6:57. A pass to Pederson over the middle was good on a reaching back catch for a first. It was Moonen to the 11 on the left side and Lovegreen getting the call for an 11-yard trot for the TD. Moonen got the two-point on the right side for 16-0 at 6:10.
The kick was a short one and out of bounds. A left side run was held to two by Jeremiah Chavez. After an illegal procedure, a fumble was forced by Szczyrbak and recovered by Evenson. Deer River called time at 5:07.
It would not take long for the Rebels to convert on the miscue. A flag flew on an overthrown pass on the left side. Moonen hit the right side for seven. A pass was completed to Pederson over the middle. Pettersen took it to the two. A Pettersen left side scamper was just short of the pylon. Pettersen hit he middle for the TD. A bullet from Fossum was a fine grab by Kody Gerard for the two-point and 24-0 at 2:20.
A short kick was returned to the 36. A draw went to the 44 with Evenson tackling. A left side run was stacked up. A pass was batted back by Szczyrbak. The punt rolled dead at the 35 at 1:22. One pass was incomplete and a second was nearly picked off. A pass deep down the middle was incomplete. Herzog’s punt was blocked and Deer River had the ball on the 48.
Gerard dragged the back down in the backfield for a loss of two. A wobbler fell incomplete on the left side at :17. A pass on the left middle was good to the 10. Chavez hammered the back in the backfield to the 15 and Szczyrbak ended the half with a sack as the Rebels took a 24-0 lead into the break.
Adamczak’s kick went out of bounds. A right side run got just a yard with the Pettersen, Lovegreen and Dragicevich gang tackling. A middle run was not much against Pettersen. Josh Leonard and Szczyrbak put on a big pass rush. Pettersen set to receive the punt, but first it was an illegal procedure to move it back five yards. A low liner was returned by Pettersen, but a block in the back brought it back to the 41.
Pettersen hit the middle and dragged tacklers for a first and the Warriors called time. Lovegreen hit the right middle to the 10. Pettersen went left and into the end zone, but a hold brought it back to the 18. A beauty of a pass went to Pederson, and with a nice catch the Rebels were up 30-0 at 8:33 after Lovegreen was denied on the two-point try.
Adamczak hit the short kick the Rebels had been trying for and they almost recovered on the 34. A quick out to the left was good for seven with Adarius Hopkins having to stop. A middle run went nowhere against Chavez, but the second run was just enough with Moonen stopping. A run was stacked up by Leonard and Szczyrbak for a loss of two. A quick out to the right side was enough for a first to the 42 at 5:34. A pass to the side was too high. A middle run to the 38 was handled by Moonen, Evenson and Chavez. Moonen had an interception go in and out of his hands down the middle as he juggled it. On fourth-and-seven, the quarterback kept and sprinted, but it was not enough and the Rebels took over on downs on the 35 at 4:32.
A pass to Pederson was incomplete down the right side. Pettersen hit the middle for seven. Evenson had a would-be TD called back on a flag at the 50 at 3:36. Moonen ran the left side. A pass was picked off the grass, but the call stood for an interception.
A middle run went for four and a right middle was two with Moonen tackling. The Warriors were able to get a first to the 36. A quick out pass to the right side became a loss of five. Herzog got a QB sack with a little help on a big rush as Dragicevich and Adamczak were also there back at the 25. On third-and-20 it was Dragicevich and Herzog combining for a sack. The punt rolled to the 40 at 11:21 of the final frame.
The Rebels would strike quickly. Lovegreen pounded the middle for six. A pass out to the left was good to the 15. A pretty pass by Fossum went over the shoulder of Evenson and Evenson hauled it in for the TD. Adamczak’s good kick made it 37-0 and running time at 10:07.
A good deep kick to the 15 was returned to the 22. A middle run got a only a few against Dragicevich. A middle was stopped by Evenson. On third-and-five, the Warriors managed to get a first down on a right run, but soon it was an illegal procedure and a fumble that had to be covered up. The quarterback kept on the right side, but Jacob Alberg and Zach Schwarzbauer were there. A middle run was stopped cold by Evenson and Halverson set to receive a punt. Halverson returned for four, but a push in the back moved it back.
Connor Radel took over the controls. On the very first second-team play, it was Alex Kenemore breaking free and turning it on all the way to the 15 down the right side before being driven out of bounds. Hansen ran the middle and Schwarzbauer got a first down as the undefeated JV squad showed their stuff. Hopkins got hammered on the right counter at the six. A pitch to Hansen saw him use his speed for a TD on the left side. Schwarzbauer powered in for the two-point and the Rebels shot to a 45-0 at 1:36.
Bryceton Butkiewicz really got into one and booted it for a touchback. A middle run was handled by Tyler Karsky. A left side run went nowhere against the JV. Ethan Hibke got to end it with a tackle on a middle run.
Riding high with their 60th consecutive regular season victory and a shutout, the running and passing Rebels play an improved Two Harbors team on the road on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.