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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels ice I-Falls with shut-out

 

September 21, 2017

Al Rose

The Moose Lake-Willow River defense had fumble recoveries, three QB sacks and one pass interception on Friday, September 15, in Willow River.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels further proved the football co-op works as they played very good on both sides of the ball to ice the International Falls Broncos with a big 42-0 Mercy Rule running time shut out in Willow River on Friday, September 15. The Class AA Rebels improved to 2-1 while the Class AAA Broncos stayed winless at 0-3.

MLWR's offense, with 29 first-quarter points, ended up racking up five rushing touchdowns, one passing TD, one two-point conversion. Danny Lilya held and freshman Carter Johnson kicked for 4-for-5 on extra points in the onslaught.

Colton Little put up 334 yards of total offense. Little ran rampant for 269 yards on 13 carries (20.69 per rush average). Little had successive TD runs of 63, 10 and 74 yards and he ran under a perfect rainbow from QB Ian Coil for a 65-yard catch-and-run TD. Little also had a two-point conversion run. Anakin Oswald had a four-yard TD run. Trent Juhl capped it off with a 25-yard TD jaunt.

The MLWR defense contributed three fumble recoveries with Dakota Fredrick, Aidan Szczyrbak and Carter Klund each covering one loose pigskin. The Rebels turned two of those recoveries into touchdowns. Three QB sacks came from Ryan Barrett, Dilon Louzek and Steven Gordon. Thomas Gulso had one pass interception.

The Rebels had nine first downs. I-Falls had eight first downs. MLWR went just 2-for-12 passing, but one pass was the long TD to Little. The second was a swing to Barrett. I-Falls went only 1-for-6, including getting one pass picked off.

The Rebels' first of four scoring drives in the first frame took only three plays to go 73 yards with Little springing free for a 63-yard sprint. Little tacked on a two-point run for 8-0 at 8:53. The second TD was on MLWR's second possession and it was a one-play, 65-yard stunner on a bomb from Coil to hit a wide open Little who had about five full strides. Lilya held and Johnson kicked for 15-0 at 7:11. The next TD came on the heels of a fumble recovery by Fredrick. That drive took six plays to go 37 yards with Oswald bursting through on a four-yard inside pitch. The PAT kick was successful for 22-0 at 4:00. The final TD of the first quarter used five plays to go 57 yards and featured a powerful first down run by newly-minted 185-pound senior lineman-turned-fullback Fredrick to set up the score. Little literally trotted 10-yards around the right side with no one even close for the fourth TD of the quarter. There was a flag on the PAT, but MLWR still got the kick and the Rebels were already riding a 29-0 wave at 55.5. Barrett put a exclamation point on the end of the first quarter with a 15-yard QB sack.

MLWR cashed in on its first drive of the second stanza as they needed only three plays to go 88 yards with Little ripping off a 74-yard TD romp around the left side. The kick was good for 36-0 at 8:09.

The Rebels scored on their second possession of third quarter as they converted on a fumble recovery by Szczyrbak. MLWR used just three plays to go 32 yards. It ended up being Juhl popping the middle for a fourth-down 25-yard TD. The kick just missed to the left, but the Rebels had roared to a 42-0 lead at 1:02 to evoke the running time Mercy Rule.

The 2-1 Rebels begin the first of five Northeast Blue District games to close the regular season as they host the rival Esko Eskomos on Friday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

 

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