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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels take down the Gobblers to close out the regular season


October 25, 2018

Jennifer Szczyrbak

Bo Moffett (53) running the ball at the end of the 4th quarter. Assisted by Aidan Szczrybak (77) and Logan Privette (17).

In the final regular season game for both teams, the Class AA 15th ranked MLWR Rebels took on the 16th ranked Aitkin Gobblers. The game was held at the Willow River field with pretty good weather compared to the last couple of weeks. Both teams were trying to get the number one seed in their section and the playoff bye. The Rebels got the ball to start the game but were quickly forced to punt with a three and out drive. Aitkin got the ball at the 45 yard line but gave the ball right back to the Rebels after trying to pick up a fourth and short. Aitkin stopped the Rebels again and received the punt, but then fumbled. The Rebels recovered with good position at the 38-yard line.

To start off the drive, senior Trent Juhl got them into the redzone with a 20-yard run to the 13 yard line. He then picked up another nine yards to make it second and inches on the four-yard line. Senior Anakin Oswald then punched in the four-yard touchdown. For the two point conversion, tight-end Adam Dragicevich ran it in from a wildcat formation. The Rebels kicked off and made the tackle at the 24 yard line. Dragicevich got a quarterback sack and Aitkin was forced to punt again. Rebel quarterback, Mason Olson then threw a pick and it was returned all the way to the Rebel 40 before he was finally brought down. That ended the first quarter.

The Gobblers made good use of the pick and Quin Miller quickly threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to his younger brother, Owen Miller. The two-point conversion was picked up to tie the game 8-8. Neither team could do much until towards the end of the half. The Rebels put a drive together and got the ball all the way to the redzone with nice runs by a combination of running backs. Sophomore Mason Olson then took a shot in the endzone, but the pass was dropped by fellow sophomore Brady Watrin in the back of the endzone. There was an offsides penalty called on the Rebels and they couldn't pick up the first down off an attempted screen-play with 21 seconds left. Aitkin then let the clock run out to end the first half.

The Rebels fumbled the kickoff but recovered and were ready to start the second half. Both teams turned it over once before the Rebels started putting a drive together, but it was ruined by penalties and they had to punt again. They got the ball back and on third down, Trent Juhl broke away for a 50-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed and Rebels led 14-8 with 48 seconds left in the third. On fourth down Aitkin ball, Rebel Brady Watrin had a nice pass breakup to get the ball back. After a couple failed drives, Rebels had the ball at the Aitkin 40 with 8:15 left. They drove down the field and Blake Juhl pounded in a one-yard touchdown. Two point conversion failed to make the score 20-8.

Rebels kicked off and forced Aitkin to turn it over again. With 1:44 left, Trent Juhl got moving and picked up a 34-yard touchdown. Kicker Carter Johnson made the extra point to make the score 27-8. Aitkin got the ball, Rebel senior Jeremiah Weidendorf got an interception and the Rebels prepared to close out the game. Senior Bo Moffett had a 25-yard run to end the game. Rebels won 27-8 and secured the number one seed and the bye.

For the Rebels #23 Trent Juhl finished with 219 yards and two touchdowns, Blake Juhl and Anakin Oswald also both had a touchdown. The leading tacklers were Blake Juhl with four tackles and three assists, and Adam Dragicevich and Logan Peterson each with three tackles and three assists. The Gobblers leading rusher was Pelarski with 33 rushing yards. Come support the Rebels Saturday, October 27 as they take on the winner of Barnum vs. Mesabi East game in the second round of playoffs. The game will be at the Willow River football field in the afternoon. The Rebels are now ranked eighth in the state Class AA rankings.


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