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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels take mud bowl win


October 18, 2018

Jennifer Szczyrbak

Anakin Oswald #33 running the ball. Rebels win 22-12.

In cold, sloppy conditions the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels football team took on the Pine City Dragons last Friday. The game was in Pine City and by the end of the game you couldn't tell who was who because of all the mud covering players of both teams. It was a very slow-moving game with only one completed pass.

To start the game, Pine City tried an onside kick to get the momentum right away but failed and the Rebels got the ball at the 45 yard line. The Rebels then fumbled on second down but got it back. Sophomore Blake Juhl and senior Trent Juhl each picked up a first down, then senior #33 Anakin Oswald broke loose for the first score of the game - a 32-yard run. He also picked up the two points. The Rebels kicked off and quickly stopped Pine City and got the ball back on a punt. Neither team could do much with the ball until Pine City put together a drive and got to the five yard line at the end of the first quarter.

Nick Hansmann pounded in a four-yard touchdown to start the quarter for the Dragons but they failed the two point conversion to make it 8 to 6, Rebels. On the kickoff they tried another onside kick but junior #1 Ben Dewey fell on it right away for the Rebels. With a mixture of the Juhl brothers #23 Trent and #32 Blake, the Rebels drove down the field again and Blake had a nice 23-yard touchdown. His brother picked up the two point conversion. The Rebels kicked off and Pine City was dominated by the MLWR D-Line and forced to punt. The Rebels started driving down the field but stopped themselves with a penalty and a couple incomplete passes turning it over on downs. Pine City got the ball with 54 in the half and a long way to go. However they fumbled and Rebel Aidan Szczyrbak recovered. The Rebels almost scored but got a holding penalty that set them back and then the ball was intercepted to end the half.

Konner Jusczak received the ball to start the half for Pine City and was tackled at the Dragons 40 yard line. They then picked up one first down but eventually were stopped for a big loss on fourth down by Jeremiah Weidendorf. The Rebels, who were yelling and even in the cold seemed very fired up at halftime, got the ball and Trent Juhl immediately picked up a first down. Anakin Oswald then picked up two more first downs and punched in a one yard score. The Rebels lost the snap on the kick and kicker Carter Johnson grabbed it but was tackled right away.

The Rebels kicked off and the third quarter ended. Pine City started their drive with a long first down run. They then turned it over on downs and MLWR got good field position at the Pine City 45. The Rebels then got moved back to their own 48 from a penalty and had to try for third and 17. They couldn't get the first down with two incomplete passes and turned the ball over. The Dragons turned it over right away with Logan Privette making the third down stop. Then the Rebels did the same and Pine City got the ball right back.

Freshman Ethan Burton almost intercepted a Pine City pass with 1:56 left in the game. The Dragons then picked up a first on fourth down and called timeout. They tried a couple runs but got nothing done and then Rebel safety Brett Bailey batted down a trick play pass. They came right back with another pass and Caleb Fromm tossed a 25-yarder to Nick Hansmann. Ben Dewey then batted down the extra point. MLWR got the hands team (onside kick recovery team) out for the kickoff and Landin Kurhajetz fell on the onside. The Rebels took a knee and won the game 22-12.

Anakin Oswald was the top runner for the Rebels with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Trent Juhl had 86 yards on 17 carries and Blake Juhl had 58 yards and a TD on only 8 carries. For Pine City Nick Hansmann had 33 rushing attempts and one reception for 176 yards and two touchdowns. There wasn't much for passing with Rebel QB Mason Olson going 0 for 6 with an interception, and Pine City combining for 1 for 4 passing, a 25 yard touchdown as the only completed pass of the game. On defense the Rebels were led by Blake Juhl with five tackles and five assists, Adam Dragicevich five tackles and four assists, and Aidan Szczyrbak with five tackles and two assists.

The Rebels improve their record to 5-2. Come cheer the boys on as they vie for a playoff bye in their final regular season game - Parent's Night at home against Aitkin - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17!


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