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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels defeat 5-0 Mora Mustangs


October 10, 2019

Faith Manty

Carter Johnson #22 goes up for a reception and runs it in for six.

Moose Lake Willow River's football team traveled to Mora Friday night, October 4. The game was tied five times including at the end of regulation. Quarterback Mason Olson was 20-for-31 for 276 passing yards, including five touchdowns. Olson threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Landin Kurhajetz, in overtime, to win the game. Brady Watrin had seven receptions, including two for touchdowns. Eli Werner was the leading receiver, catching six passes for 127 yards.

To start the game, freshman Sam Knezevich kicked off to the Mustangs, keeping it low. Mora got a couple first downs, then Garrett Peterson sacked the quarterback. On fourth and one on the 36 Mora's running back, Nick Nelson's, fumble was recovered by Alex Watrin. With 1:54 left in the first quarter, on the 9-yard line, Olson's pass to Brady Watrin in the end zone put the Rebels up 6-0. The kick was not good. Knezevich kicked off to Mora's Andrew Rasmusson, who ran it back for six with 1:41 left in the first quarter and MLWR got the ball back. The score was tied 6-6.

In the second quarter, the Rebels got it down to the 12-yard line. Olson's pass was knocked away by Ben Wright. Mora took possession.

Caleb Anderson threw a 38-yard pass to Rasmusson. The two-point conversion was good making the score 6-14 Mora. With 44-seconds left until half-time, Blake Juhl had a 3-yard run and the two-point conversion to tie up the score 14-14.

In the third quarter, Olson tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Carter Johnson for the lead 20-14. Olson passed to Brady Watrin for the two-point conversion, 22-14 Rebels. Mora had the ball until there was 1:22 left in the third-quarter. Nick Nelson ran in the 3-yard touchdown and also the two-point conversion tying the game up again at 22 all.

To start off the fourth-quarter, Olson threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brady Watrin. Watrin ran in the two-point conversion. Rebels took the lead 30-22. With 8:38 left in the game, Mora scored on a 12-yard run and Nelson ran for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 30-30. With 5:35 left in the game, Olson threw an 18-yard pass to Eli Werner. The two-point conversion failed. Rebels led 36-30. After several penalties, and 37 seconds left in the game, Mora had the ball on two-yard line. Nelson ran it in to tie the game 36-36. The two-point conversion failed. With 31 seconds left, Rebels got the ball back and were able to get it down to the 32-yard line when the clock ran out.

In the overtime, Mora was on offense first, on the 10-yard line. They got a personal foul penalty that knocked them back to the 22-yard line. They couldn't score, so the Rebels got their chance. Logan Orvedahl ran for a couple yards. Third down and 6-yards, Olson's pass fell to the ground. Mora took a timeout. Fourth-down and seven, Olson found Landin Kurhajetz in the corner for a seven-yard touchdown pass. Rebels won 42-36, in spite of 13 penalties, 98 yards, and Adam Olson's touchdown that was called back. Juhl led in rushing with 79-yards. Ethan Burton led the team in tackles followed by Adam Olson.

The Rebels (5-1) travel to Crosby-Ironton (4-2) next Friday in an important Section 7AA match-up.

MLWR is number one in Section 7AA followed by Crosby-Ironton and first in the District North East Blue Conference followed by Mora and Esko.

The next win the Rebels get will be Coach Louzek's 190th all-time victory. His current career record is 189-48 over his 21 years at the helm for the Rebels.

On Tuesday, October 1, the seventh-grade team defeated Barnum and the eighth-grade won 18-14 over Barnum at Willow River. On Saturday October 6, in the rain, MLWR was host to the first round of the Northland Youth Football Conference playoffs. The seventh-grade defeated Superior 24-0 and will travel to Northland College in Ashland Wisc. Saturday for a 11:00 a.m. game. The eighth-grade defeated Duluth East 30-6 and will travel to Northwestern in Maple Wisc. Saturday for the semi-final game at noon.


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