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

By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

MLWR cruises past Rush City


Dan Lingle

Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Wyatt Lampel has a two-point conversion and a quarterback sack in the October 17 game against Rush City.

After leading by as much as 35-6 at the 7:31 mark of fourth quarter, the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels cruised to a 41-30 victory over the Rush City Tigers in the Section 7AA semifinal played in Willow River on Saturday, October 17. The Rebels advance with a record of 7-3 while the Tigers season ended at 6-4.

Bryceton Butkiewicz had four touchdowns on runs of two, one, five and nine yards for the Rebels. Butkiewicz also intercepted a Rush City pass on the one-yard line that set up a record-tying 99-yard dash by Thomas Hansen, who had earlier scored on a four-yard run and added a two-point conversion run. Hansen and Butkiewicz had 161 and 136 yards, respectively, of MLWR's 431 rushing yards. Wyatt Lampel added one conversion run and Trent Juhl kicked an extra point.

Kyle Groth caught a seven-yard TD pass from Tyler Oscarson. Brandon Sykes caught two late-game TD passes of 61 yards and 71 yards from Ocarson. Oscarson also ran for a touchdown, had a conversion run and tossed two conversion passes to Tucker Leigland.

Each team had two turnovers with the Rebels turning both into points and the Tigers cashing in on one of the Rebels' two fumbles. Dilon Louzek covered a muffed kick that MLWR would capitalize on to go along with Butkiewicz's interception and subsequent score.

MLWR racked up 17 first downs as compared to nine for Rush City. The Tigers had five penalties while the Rebels had six penalties.

MLWR's season-leading tackler, Joe Weindendorf, had 10 solo stops and two assisted tackles. Louzek had three tackles and three assists and the fumble recovery. John Kachinske, the Rebels' leader in quarterback sacks, bagged one more along with two solo tackles and six assists. Chet Morgan had two tackles and three assists. Sam Coil had three tackles and one assist and one assisted sack. Craig Nelson had four assisted tackles and an assisted sack. Alex Tackett had two tackles and two assists. Lampel had a sack.

The second-seeded 7-3 Rebels collide with the number-one seeded 8-1 Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears in the Section 7AA championship game to be played in Esko on Thursday, October 22 at 7 p.m. MLWR will be seeking its tenth consecutive title with a trip to the state tournament on the line.


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