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Rebels take first loss against Eskomos


October 3, 2019

Faith Manty

Moose Lake Willow River's varsity homecoming football game was played in Willow River against conference rivals, the Esko Eskomos on Friday night, September 26. Blake Juhl and Logan Orvedahl each ran for a touchdown and Landin Kurhajetz caught a 28-yard pass from quarterback, Mason Olson, in the end zone for a third touchdown. All two-point conversions failed and the Rebels lost 18-20.

Esko's Avery Liljegren kicked to the Rebels to start the game. Orvedahl and Juhl got a first down but Olson had to punt on fourth down and three on the 46-yard line. Esko's quarterback threw a pass that was picked off by Rebels' cornerback Carter Johnson. With 4:33 left in the first quarter, Orvedahl took it in for a 15-yard run to put the Rebels ahead 6-0. Two-point conversion failed.

Sam Knezevich's 50-yard kickoff to Esko's Eli Blue, resulted in a 90-yard return to tie the game 6-6. Their two-point conversion failed. With the help of an Esko personal foul penalty, Juhl scored another touchdown with 2:50 left in the first quarter. Two-point conversion failed. Rebels led 12-6.

In the second-quarter, Esko had third and goal but was stopped by Ethan Burton. The next series the Rebels had to punt. Esko's quarterback Dylan Vinje threw a 15-yard screen pass for a touchdown and Esko's only completion of the game. Esko's Kristy Demuth's first kick was called back on an Esko penalty. Her second kick was under the uprights. Game was tied at 12-12.

In the third quarter, Garrett Peterson had one of his two fumble recoveries of the game. The Rebels had the ball most of the third-quarter. Rebels had it third down and 11 on the 15-yard line when Esko's Preston Lowe picked off a Rebels pass and ran it 87 yards for a touchdown. He also ran in the two-point conversion to put the Eskomos ahead 12-20.

The fourth-quarter started with the Rebels fourth and eight-yards to go on the 28-yard line. Olson threw a touchdown pass to Kuhajetz. Two-point conversion failed. Esko led 18-20. Johnson picked off another Esko pass in the next series, with 9:07 to go in the game. Esko had the ball with 3:07 left in the game and it was third and eight on the 35. Esko called a time-out. They got a false start penalty, so it was third and 13 on the 30. They then got a delay of game penalty, so it was third and 18 on 30-yard. MLWR called a time-out. Esko then punted on fourth-down. With 1:11 left in the game, a Rebels pass was intercepted. Esko caught only one pass and totaled only 139 yards, but still defeated the unbeaten Rebels. Game ended with an Esko victory, 18-20.

After this game, Rebels are ranked fourth in the QRF state 2A rankings. Minneapolis North, Concordia Academy, and Caledonia are ranked ahead of them all with a record of 5-0. Rebels travel to play the 5-0 Mora Mustangs on Friday, October 4.

The junior varsity game with Barnum was cancelled on September 23. Barnum couldn't field a team because of injured players.

The eighth grade Rebels defeated Hermantown 24-0 on Tuesday, September 24. The seventh grade also defeated Hermantown 22-0.

On Thursday, September 26, the seventh and eighth grade traveled to Two Harbors to play one game against their seventh and eighth grade combined. The Rebels won 36-20.


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