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Rebels headed to state AA playoffs


November 7, 2019

Jennifer Szcyrbak

Logan Orvedahl's one-handed grab gained national attention as a top ten play of the week from USA Today and ESPN.

The Rebels dominated the Mesabi East Giants in the Section 7AA finals at the Esko Sports Complex on Halloween winning 36-8. Quarterback Mason Olson passed for 156 yards and the team rushed for 251 yards for a total of 407 yards, compared to the Giants 198 yards. Blake Juhl was the leading rusher with 163 yards, two touchdowns and two two-point conversions. Leading receiver, Adam Olson, caught a pass and ran for 75 yards. Freshman, Jackson Thompson, and sophomore, Ethan Burton, led the Rebels in tackles.

To start the game, Giants' Cole Swanson kicked to Logan Orvedahl and MLWR maintained possession of the ball until 3:59 left in the first quarter, when Juhl, the workhorse, scored a touchdown and two-point conversion. Rebels led 8-0.

Two very unique events happened in this game. With less than a minute to go in the first quarter Mason Olson threw a 17-yard pass to Logan Orvedahl that sailed high above Orvedahl's head. Orvedahl leaped in the air, pulling it down with one hand, falling to the ground for the reception. This catch got national attention and was chosen by USA Today as the Top High School Football Play of Week 11. ESPN Sports Center ranked the catch in the Top Ten Plays of the Night for all sports.

The second quarter was back-and-forth until 3:08 left in the half, when Logan Privette ran it in from the nine-yard line. Juhl ran in the two-point conversion, but the Rebels got backed-up for holding. This time Brady Watrin caught Olson's pass for two. Rebels led 16-0 to go into half-time.

The second out-of-the-ordinary event was in the beginning of the third-quarter. Sam Knezevich kicked off to the Giants and they didn't get to it. Jordan Fjosne fell on it, so Rebels' ball. Carter Johnson caught a 22-yard pass to the 15-yard line and Juhl ran it in for six and the two-point conversion. Rebels led 24-0. Knezevich kicked again to the Giants and Fjosne recovered the kick again. Two Rebel kicks in row were recovered by Rebel Fjosne.

Jennifer Szcyrbak

Coach Louzek and Jordan Fjosne share words after Fjosne recovered two Rebel kicks to Mesabi East.

With 11:43 left in the game, Orvedahl had a five-yard run for six. The two-point conversion failed. Rebels led 30-0. With 11:31 left, Giants' Cole Swanson had a 58-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Skelton. Hunter Levander caught the two-point conversion pass from Hunter Hannuksela. Rebels led 30-8. With 6:34 left, Olson threw an eight-yard pass in the end zone to Watrin for six more. The two-point conversion failed. Rebels led 36-8. With a minute left in the game, freshman Henry Ribich intercepted a Giants' pass. Quarterback Phillip Sheetz took a snap and knelt down to end the game.

The Rebels advance to play the Section 5 champions, Paynesville, in the Class AA state quarterfinals November 8 in North Branch Minn. at 7:00 p.m. MLWR will be the home team. Tickets will go on sale in the Moose Lake District office Wednesday, November 6 through Friday November 8. The Coach Bus send-off will leave the Moose Lake school at 3:15 p.m. This will be the MLWR Rebels' 14th state tournament appearance in head coach Dave Louzek's 21 seasons, 13 of the past 14 seasons. In April of this year, Minnesota Football Coaches Association presented Louzek with the Jerry Kill Power of Influence Award.


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