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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Butkiewicz leads Rebels past Hilltoppers


Al Rose

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Bryceton Butkiewicz has seven touchdowns to lead the Rebels to a 58-20 win over Duluth Marshall on Friday, August 28, in Duluth.

Bryceton Butkiewicz came to within one touchdown of tying the state single-game record of eight TDs as he scored seven touchdowns to lead the Rebels past the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers 58-20 on an 80-degree Friday, August 28.

The junior scored on runs of 30, 4, 35, 3, 15 and 4 yards and caught a 25-yard TD pass from Connor Radel. Butkiewicz added a 2-point conversion for 44 total points to equal his uniform number of 44. He also helped the defense out with one pass interception.

The Rebels racked up 337 rushing yards with 145 coming from Butkiewicz's 12 carries. Anakin Oswald had a 12-yard touchdown run. MLWR showed great improvement on getting 2-point conversions as they had five successes with two conversions by Isaac Riihilouma, one by Wyatt Lampel, one by Trent Juhl and one by Butkiewicz.

MLWR had 15 first downs as compared to 10 by the Hilltoppers. The Rebels lost only one fumble and had only one penalty as compared to four lost fumbles and seven penalties on Marshall.

To Marshall's credit, they were able to put up 20 points against MLWR. Cullen Murdrak had TD runs of 57 and 25 yards and 126 rushing yards and added a 2-point conversion. Carter Sullivan had a 42-yard TD run.

Dilon Louzek paced the Rebels defense. The sophomore linebacker had five solo tackles and four assists. Craig Nelson had three solos and one assist plus he had a strip takeaway and jumped on a punt that caromed off a Marshall player. Oswald had three solos and one assist. John Kachinske had one fumble recovery and was listed to have had three sacks. Luke Branson had a fumble recovery.

The Rebels' first score came as Butkiewicz got around the left side for a 30-yard romp. Butkiewicz added the conversion for 8-0 at 9:25.

Marshall answered on its very first play from scrimmage as Mudrak raced around the left side and down the sideline for a 57-yard TD. Mudrak added the conversion to knot it up at 8-8 at 9:06.

MLWR's next score was on a four-yard run through the middle by Butkiewicz. Riihiluoma added the conversion for 16-8 at 7:33.

The Rebels got the ball back as Butkiewicz picked of a wobbling pass on the 40 at 5:41. MLWR quickly cashed in for points with Butkiewicz getting around the left side and sprinting for a 35-yard TD. Although a pitch for the conversion was mishandled, MLWR was up 22-8 at 3:07.

Marshall was unable to sustain a drive and MLWR would have the ball to start the second quarter. Butkiewicz ran through the left side for a 3-yard TD at 9:25. The conversion pass failed but the Rebels were riding a 28-8 lead.

Senior defensive end Branson got the ball back for the offense as he recovered a Hilltopper fumble on the 40-yard line.

MLWR turned that into points with Butkiewicz going left for a 15-yard TD. Lampel plowed in for the 2-point conversion and 36-8 at 5:14.

The Rebels would soon take advantage of a bad snap on a punt with the punter's knee going down at the 35.

Radel tossed a perfect pass to Butkiewicz for a 25-yard TD at 2:03. Riihiluoma added two points on a counter for 44-8 to close out the first half scoring.

It was soon to be Nelson getting the ball back for the offense with a fumble recovery on the 32 at 10:05. As Butkiewicz caught a pass and was running down the left sideline he handed it to Branson who was trailing on the play. Branson was shaken up for a while on his gritty effort to try to score. Butkiewicz notched his seventh and final TD from four yards out on a right pitch. The conversion failed, but it was now 50-8 at 9:19.

Marshall was able to mount and sustain a drive against the Rebels' reserves. Mudrak raced 25 yards with a pitch for 50-14 at 3:29. After the Hilltoppers had a false start on their 2-point try, it was Kachinske with a quarterback sack.

The Rebels' reserves lost MLWR's only fumble on the 50 at 1:48. Sullivan got free on the left side and sprinted 42 yards for a TD. With the conversion failing, it was 50-20 with four left in the third quarter.

A very peculiar play was soon to happen in the fourth quarter. With the Rebels punting for the first time in the afternoon, Nelson had a horribly low spiral come off his foot, but after traveling about 10 yards it caromed off a Marshall up-back and Nelson jumped on it for a fumble recovery of sorts. A good drive by the MLWR offensive reserves culminated in Oswald popping right through the middle for a 12-yard TD. Juhl added the conversion for the score of 58-20.

The third-ranked Rebels host the fourth-ranked Esko Eskomos on Friday, September 4 at 7 p.m. in Willow River in what will be a much better test for both teams who have been blowing out opponents and come in with 2-0 records each.


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