By Ben and Irishdew
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Battle for the Little Brown Jug


September 12, 2019

Dan Lingle

Last Friday night, the Barnum Bombers football team welcomed the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels for their home opener. The Rebels received the opening kickoff and strung together a solid opening drive highlighted by a 48-yard gain by Logan Orvedahl and a 15-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Mason Olson to Eli Werner followed by an unsuccessful two-point conversion. The Rebels' defense forced a quick three and out, setting the tone of the game.

The next possession, the Bombers stopped the Rebels who forced another three and out soon after. The Rebels scored two long touchdowns that were both called back on this possession, until finally Brady Watrin caught a 14-yard pass resulting in a touchdown with Blake Juhl adding the two points to follow.

Olson hit a wide-open Carter Johnson to start off the scoring in the second quarter with a 91-yard touchdown reception. Sophomore Landin Kurhajetz had a 30-yard touchdown reception of his own. Orvedahl and Juhl each powered into the endzone for short touchdown runs of three and two yards respectively. Going into halftime, Rebels led 42-0

The Rebels found the endzone three times in the third quarter, with Juhl getting another rushing touchdown, this one for 63 yards. Sophomore Phillip Sheetz took over as quarterback and led the Rebels to a few more scoring drives. Logan Privette found the endzone after a 10-yard run. Jordan Fjosne added the successful two-point conversion. Freshman Jackson Thompson weaved his way through the Bombers' defense for a 67-yard touchdown run and sophomore Duane Broughton rushed in for the two points.

Adding on to the scoring filled game for the Rebels, sophomore Zach Youngs rushed for a 40-yard touchdown, shedding tackles left and right on his way. The two-point conversion was successful by means of a Sam Knezevich rush. Brody Motz returned a blocked punt to the house, capping off scoring for the game

Defensively, the Rebels' line and linebackers were dominant, not allowing anything from the Bombers' offense, with Thompson, Privette, Broughton, Ethan Burton, Juhl, and Adam Olson all with multiple solo tackles each, and the entire defense contributing and doing their job.

The game ended with a Rebel victory 78-0, moving on to 2-0 and earning the right to keep the prized "Little Brown Jug" for another year.

The Rebels' next game is at home against undefeated International Falls (2-0) this Friday at 7 pm. The Bombers head to East Central at the same time to take on the Eagles.

Dan Lingle


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