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Shutout win against undefeated Gobblers


September 26, 2019

Faith Manty

Blake Juhl (23) scored two touchdowns at Aitkin.

On Friday night in Aitkin the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels defeated the Gobblers 20-0. Aitkin was ranked seventh in the state QRF ratings Class AAA and MLWR was ranked fifth in the state Class AA. Both teams came into the game with a record of 3-0.

Aitkin kicked off to Rebels' Henry Ribich. Eli Werner and Logan Orvedahl carried the ball to Aitkin's 20-yard line. Aitkin had a face mask infraction. Orvedahl ran a couple more times for a first down and goal on the two-yard line. The Gobblers got called for illegal substitution. Blake Juhl scored six and ran for the two-point conversion with 9:56 left in the first quarter, Rebels 8-0.

Sam Knezevich kicked off to the 26-yard line. The Rebels were called for offsides, and Aitkin quarterback Kyle Cuff threw a pass to Jake Ince for a 12-yard gain and a first down. Austin Price got another first down for the Gobblers. Cuff ran a keeper for a loss of five on their first down. On their second down Ethan Burton, Juhl, and Garrett Peterson handed them another loss. Aitkin made it to the 10-yard line and threw a dropped pass into the end zone and Rebels got it back on downs with 3:45 left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Mason Olson completed two passes to Carter Johnson. The Rebels turned it over to Aitkin on their own eight-yard line. Alex Watrin sacked the quarterback and Logan Privette recovered a fumble. The second quarter was scoreless.

Landin Kurhajetz kicked off to start the third quarter. Burton intercepted the Gobblers pass on a third and fourteen on the 42-yard line. The Rebels couldn't get a first down. Mason Olson punted down to the corner of the field with 6:57 left in the third quarter. Aitkin fumbled on the 23-yard line and Keagan Noyes recovered the fumble. With 59 seconds left in the third-quarter Werner scored on a first down from the 15-yard line. Two-point conversion was not good. Rebels led at the end of the third 14-0.

In the fourth quarter, Adam Olson picked off a Cuff pass. With 1:03 left in the game Carter Johnson intercepted a pass and ran to the 15-yard line. Juhl ran it in for a touchdown and the two-point conversion was no good. Rebels led 20-0 with only 44 seconds left. Aitkin got a false start penalty and was held scoreless for the game.

The radio-broadcaster covering the game named Blake Juhl player of the game. Sophomore Ethan Burton led the team in tackles, followed by Juhl and Freshman Jackson Thompson. Brody Motz had a sack.

Assistant Coach Kevin Szczyrbak stated, "Kids stepping up–that's what Rebel football is all about and this season we've had more kids stepping up than I can remember. We are just getting everything out of these kids right now and they're giving it their all so it's a fun group."

Rebels' homecoming conference game is Friday against the Class AAA Esko Eskomos with a record of 2 and 2.

The junior varsity defeated Aitkin at home Monday 32-0. Duane Broughton, Sam Knezevich and Jackson Thompson scored touchdowns and Landin Kurhajetz a two-point conversion.

The MLWR eighth-grade defeated Pine City at home on Thursday 42-0. Kaden Robbins, Luke Dewey, and Jackson Schmidt scored the touchdowns.

The MLWR seventh-grade defeated Pine City 20-0 on Thursday.


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