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

By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels lose by one point to Rangers


The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels football team played a road game and lost by only one point to the Rangers in a high scoring contest with 73 points put on the board, but with the final tally ending up at 37-36 in favor of Crosby-Ironton on Friday, October 7.

The Rebels had a 12-point lead at the end of the third quarter, but the Rangers rallied and won with a pair of unanswered fourth quarter touchdowns to tie the game and with a PAT kick following the final TD to win the game. Crosby-Ironton improved to 4-2 while MLWR went to 3-3.

Crosby-Ironton’s Noah Gindorff led the Rangers to the victory with four rushing touchdowns, including the game-tying TD, and he threw a pass for a touchdown.

Isaac Riihiluoma led the Rebels with two touchdowns and two two-point conversion runs for 16 total points scored. Bryceton Butkiewicz, who came into the game with 10 touchdowns and 66 points, also had two touchdowns to take his totals to 12 touchdowns and 78 points on the season. Joe Weidendorf had one touchdown and one two-point conversion run.

The teams exchanged touchdowns without conversion runs in the first quarter. MLWR’s Butkiewicz scored first on a two-yard run, but the conversion run failed. Gindorff scored a two-yard TD with C-I’s conversion run also failing for 6-6 after one quarter of play.

Gindorff got the first score of the second stanza on a two-yard run, but the conversion failed for 12-6, C-I. Riihiluoma got free for an 11-yard TD and Weidendorf added a two-point run for 14-12, Rebels. Gindorff threw a 24-yard TD pass to Eli Winegarner, but the conversion run failed for 18-14, Rangers. Riihiluoma sprinted 43 yards for his second TD and he added the two-point run to lift the Rebels to a 22-18 edge at halftime.

Butkiewicz bolted 60 yards for his second TD and Riihiluoma added his second successful conversion run for 30-18, MLWR. Gindorff’s eight-yard run was his third rushing TD of the game, but the run for points failed for 30-24, Rebels. Weidendorf scored on three-yard TD, but the conversion run failed and MLWR had a 36-24 lead heading into the final frame.

A one-yard TD run by Jake Larson tightened the score to 36-30, Rebels, as a pass for the conversion points failed. Gindorff’s one-yard run was his fourth rushing TD of the game and tied the game at 36-36. A PAT kick by L. Peterson was the 37-36 game-winner for the Rangers.

The 3-3 Rebels have a pair of important opportunities to bounce back and prepare for playoffs with two tough away games. MLWR plays the Northeast Blue Division-leading 5-1 Gobblers at Aitkin on Friday, October 14, at 7 p.m. The Gobblers, one of only four teams the Rebels lost to last year, are coming off a 27-20 win over Class AAA Mora. The Rebels next play the haughty Class AAAA Hermantown Hawks who also beat the Rebels last year and who were flying high with a 5-1 record after thumping Grand Rapids 38-14 on October 7. That game is a midweek contest at Hermantown on Wednesday, October 19, at 7 p.m.


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