Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels rush past Rangers at home

 


The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels had four long touchdowns as part of a total of 567 yards as they rushed past the Crosby-Ironton Rangers for a 50-28 win in Willow River on Friday, September 25. MLWR improved to 5-1 while the Rangers dropped to 1-5.

For the Rebels, Bryceton Butkiewicz scored three touchdowns. Thomas Hansen had two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions. Dillon Louzek had two touchdowns. Joe Weidendorf added a pair of two-point conversions.

Weidendorf led the defense with 14 tackles and he had two sacks. Louzek had 11 stops. Chet Morgan had seven tackles. Tanner Ramirez intercepted a pass. Ryan Barrett added a quarterback sack.

Neither team had a fumble and there was only one turnover as Ramirez took advantage of a tipped pass for his pick. There were 17 penalties with eight on Crosby-Ironton and nine on MLWR. The Rangers had 15 first downs as compared to 12 first downs for the Rebels.

Ramirez got his pass interception at 9:43 of the first quarter. It took the Rebels just five plays to turn the game’s only turnover into points. Hansen got free around the right side and sprinted for a 42-yard TD. Hansen got the call for the two-point and was successful making it 8-0 at 7:36. Neither team was able to sustain any other drives and the opening quarter ended with the Rebels up 8-0.

The Rebels went on an 11-play drive that culminated with Butkiewicz walking in through the middle from two yards out. Hansen was denied on the conversion attempt in the middle, but it was 14-0 at 7:11.

MLWR took over on downs at 5:22 and in just three plays it was Butkiewicz going right and outrunning two Rangers for a 94-yard TD. Louzek was denied on the conversion, but it was 20-0 at 4:45.

The Rangers were able to score on a six-play drive that ended in Ben Jordan scoring on a 50-yard pass on the left side from Noah Gindorff. The pass for points failed for 20-6 at 3:27.

It took the Rebels only three plays to answer. Hansen ran for a 38-yard TD on the right side. A pitch to the right side to Hansen was good for 28-6 at 2:47.

Six plays later, it was C-I scoring with 40 seconds left in the half on a six-yard pass to Jake Larson from Gindorff and Larson on the conversion run for 28-14 at :26.8.

MLWR struck back very quickly as it took only two plays for Butkiewicz to make a nice cut and race 77 yards for a TD. The pass attempt to Butkiewicz for the conversion failed, but the Rebels had added to the lead and shifted the momentum as they were up 34-14 with five seconds left before halftime.

The Rebels came a football length from sustaining a drive and turned the ball over on downs at the nine yard line at 5:44 to begin the third quarter.

Crosby-Ironton was also unable to sustain a drive and the Rebels returned a punt to the 47 at 1:26.

Hansen ran down the right side and was knocked out of bounds at the two yard line. Louzek punched it in through the middle and Weidendorf added the conversion for 42-14 at 1:12.

The Rangers put together a 14-play drive to begin the final quarter. Gindorff kept through the middle left for a one yard TD. The pass for the conversion failed for 42-20 at 6:17.

The Rebels used eight plays before Louzek took it in through the middle for an eight yard TD. Weidendorf converted through the middle left for 50-20 at 2:05.

The Rangers used only six plays to score on a 30 yard pass to Larson from Gindorff and Gindorff keeping left for the conversion to close out the scoring at 50-28 at 29.3.

The 5-1 Rebels host the 2-4 Aitkin Gobblers for Homecoming on Friday, October 2, at 7 p.m. in Willow River and take on the undefeated and fifth-ranked Class AAAA Hermantown Hawks for a Thursday game on October 8 at 7 p.m. in Willow River.

 

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