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First homecoming win in four years for the Rebels


October 11, 2018

Jennifer Szczyrbak

On Friday, October 5, the Rebels came home, bringing a 51-28 victory over Crosby-Ironton. Above, #23 Trent Juhl running the ball with Matthew Laine #58 and Logan Peterson #61 blocking and leading the way. Full story on page 10.

Despite the cold and drizzly weather, the Rebel seniors were determined to win a homecoming game before they graduate. Last Friday the Moose Lake-Willow River football team took on the Crosby-Ironton Rangers at home. It was homecoming week and the Rebels football team had lost their homecoming game the last three years.

To start the game the Rebels forced Crosby-Ironton into a three and out punt to gain possession of the ball. Soon enough, Senior Trent Juhl broke for a 34-yard touchdown for the game's first score. The extra point attempt was blocked. MLWR then kicked off with 8:18 left in the first quarter. The Rebel defense stopped the Rangers again and they got the ball on a punt. Juhl then ran all over the Rangers defense and capped it off with another touchdown (18 yards). The Rebels tried for two, but failed again.

Starting from the Rebel 42 Crosby-Ironton completed a couple passes and quickly scored with a 32 yard touchdown reception by Anthony Hudrlik. Hudrlik also ran in the two point conversion. After a nice 30 yard kick return by sophomore Blake Juhl, the Rebels started their drive at the Rangers 47 yard line. QB Mason Olson completed a pass to Senior TE Adam Dragicevich but it was fumbled, and Crosby recovered. The Rebels forced a punt and Trent Juhl had a monster 70 yard touchdown run and a two point conversion to end the first quarter at 20-8 MLWR.

Crosby had the ball beginning the second quarter, but Rebels stiffened forced a punt. A mixture of the Juhl brothers and Anakin Oswald carrying the ball drove the Rebels all the way down to the 10 yard line where Trent Juhl picked up his fourth touchdown of the game. The extra point failed for the second time. Crosby Ironton got the ball with 7:37 left in the half and went to the passing game because the Rebels had been stuffing their runs. Rangers receiver Winegarner snared a 50-yard touchdown catch from Crosby QB #2 Dakota Mitchell. The two point conversion failed.

Crosby-Ironton then got the ball back from a fumbled pitch and scored again gaining some momentum. MLWR got the ball and drove down the field with some quick passes, stopping the clock by getting out of bounds. Anakin Oswald caught a 10 yard touchdown with 11 seconds left in the half. Crosby then got all the way to about the 25 yard line from penalties called on the Rebels, frustrating the MLWR fans but the Rebels held them off with a 32 – 22 halftime score.

The third quarter was extremely uneventful compared to the previous two quarters with only one score by Trent Juhl, a seven yard touchdown run. The two point conversion was also missed. There was another long 60 yard Crosby connection between Mitchell and Winegarner, but the Rebels stuffed them on the goal line turnover on downs. There were lots of slow drives and a couple long plays called back but the quarter ended with MLWR possession third and 13 and a score of 38-22 Rebels.

In the fourth the Rebels continued that drive, but ended up turning it over on downs. The Rebels then got the ball back and Trent Juhl ran in his sixth touchdown, tying a school record for touchdowns in a game. Crosby had another touchdown pass with 3:19 left, the extra point was missed, so a score of 44-28. The Rebels again drove down the field and Weidendorf got the last score of the game on a 24 yard run. The Rebels finally make the extra point by Carter Johnson for a final score of 51-28.

For the Rebels ,Trent Juhl finished with 318 rushing yards and six touchdowns, Anakin Oswald also had 100 total yards and a touchdown. The leading tacklers were Blake Juhl with nine and two assists, Trent Juhl with six and three assists, and Logan Peterson with four tackles and four assists plus one tackle for loss. The Rangers were led by Dakota Mitchell passing for 324 yards and four touchdowns and Dietrich Winegarner catching five passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Next up for the 4-2 Rebels is Pine City Thursday October 11 7 p.m. come out and cheer the boys on as they push toward the playoffs. Go Rebels!


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