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Rebel gridders open versus Hermantown


September 6, 2018

Jennifer Szczyrbak

Carter Johnson flies over a Hermantown defender making his first touchdown catch from Mason Olson.

The Moose Lake-Willow River football team traveled to Hermantown to open the season versus the class 4A Hawks last Thursday night looking to avenge last year's 34-0 home opening loss to the Hawks. The Rebels kicked off to the Hawks to start the game. Hermantown had a nice pass to the tight end in the opening drive and worked the ball toward midfield before the Rebel defense stiffened and forced a Hermantown punt on fourth down.

On the Rebels opening possession they worked the run game against a big, tough Hermantown line. In the first series, on third and short sophomore QB Mason Olson drew the Hawks off sides with a hard count giving the Rebels a first down. The opening drive stalled for the Rebels and they ended up turning the ball over on downs to the Hawks near midfield.

The Hawks moved the ball quickly down the field with senior QB Tate Hansen hooking up with senior Eliot Peterson on a 38 yard pass which set up Hermantown's first touchdown on a 12-yard run by senior David Cornelius.

The Rebels received the kick, and senior Anakin Oswald had a couple of nice runs for two first downs in the Rebels second possession. The offense stalled after a fumble and Olson had a nice punt pinning the Hawks on their own four yard line.

The second quarter was not kind to your hometown Rebels. Despite poor field position, the Hawk's Cornelius took control sprinting down the field with a pair of runs of 38 and 10 yards followed by a 35 yard TD run. The Rebels fumbled on the ensuing possession and the Hawks recovered. Cornelius had another 15 yard gain and Hansen hooked up with Peterson for a five yard touchdown catch with 6:30 remaining in the half. Rebel sophomore Blake Juhl had a nice kick return to the 33 yard line. The Rebels quickly responded and moved the ball down the field through the air. Sophomore Brady Watrin had a nice 30 yard reception to put the Rebels in Hawk territory. Oswald followed this with a 15 yard run for a first down. Olson then connected with fellow sophomore Carter Johnson who made an acrobatic catch for a 27 yard touchdown putting the Rebels on the board with 3:48 remaining. Hermantown responded by passing the ball down the field. Hansen hit Peterson on a 20 yard pass for his second receiving TD of the half. Halftime score was Hawks 27 Rebels 6.

Coach Louzek and his staff made some halftime adjustments and the Rebels held the Hawks scoreless in the second half. Hard-hitting senior linebacker Logan Peterson led the Rebels with seven tackles and seven assists. Senior Aidan Szczyrbak was also a bull racking up seven assists and two tackles with several in the Hawk backfield. Junior safety Eli Werner had one interception in the end zone. Freshman Logan Orvedahl intercepted Hansen with a one hand grab and returned it for an 80 yard pick six touchdown. ohnson followed with an extra point kick making the score 27-13 at the end of the third. On the ensuing Rebel kick off, a pumped up Orvedahl delivered a bone jarring tackle to the Hawk returner.

In the fourth quarter the Hawks went into a ball control offense burning time off the clock and preventing a Rebel comeback. Final score Hermantown 27 Rebels 13. Cornelius finished with 226 yards and two TDs for Hermantown. For the Rebels, Olson finished 9/13 for 96 yards and a touchdown. Watrin had five catches for 60 yards. Oswald led Rebel rushers with 71 yards on 21 carries. Bo Moffett had a nice 14 yard run to end the game.

Next up the Rebels take on Virginia on Friday September 7 at 7 p.m. at Willow River. Come out and cheer on the boys as they look for first win. Go Rebels!


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