Rebels Down Dragons In Shootout; Mustangs Quiet Thunder
The season started out exactly the way Pine City’s first year head coach Jared Polzine hoped, his defense stopped Moose Lake-Willow River for a three and out, then the offense drove down the field on their opening possession, capped off with a one yard touchdown run from Junior quarterback Nate Wendorf. But three plays after the kickoff, the Rebels marched 65 yards and scored on a ten yard touchdown run from Austin Jacobson. The Dragons missed the extra point after their score, so the Rebels took a 7-6 lead with the point after, never looking back, winning 40-18.
Coach Polzine on the Dragons moving forward:
As a team, Moose Lake-Willow River ran for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. Michael Unzen led the charge with 218 yards and two touchdowns. Jacobson scored twice on the ground, finishing with 105 yards on the night. He also caught the Rebels only completion, a 29-yard touchdown from Hayden Hoffman.
The Dragons moved the ball well all game, however, a pair of miscues deep in Rebels territory costs them. In the first quarter, they were stopped on fourth and one inside MLWR’s 25 yard line, then fumbled a pitch from Wendorf to Adam Olson inside the Rebels five yard line just minutes before halftime.
Despite the loss, Pine City got solid production from Wendorf who completed 5-9 passes for 130 yards and two scores. The first came on a 21-yard pass to a wide open Mike Schmidt. Wendorf then connected on a 63 yard strike to Adam Olson, who outran the entire Moose Lake-Willow River secondary.
Coach Polzine on the play of Wendorf and the offense:
Olson caught three passes for 95 yards. He also ran the ball nine times for 73 yards.
Coach Polzine talks about Olson’s performance:
Pine City will try for their first win next Friday on the road against Duluth Marshall.
Also in action, Thursday, were the Mora Mustangs. They route Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. 38-8. WCMP’s Dan Hinrichs called the game and recaps Mora’s big win.
Other scores from Thursday:
Esko 28 Hinckley-Finlayson 18
Siren @ Frederic (On Classic Hits 105.7 WXCX)
Cambridge-Isanti @ Big Lake
East Central @ Ely
Deer River @ Rush City
Grantsburg @ Cumberland
Clayton @ Webster
Mesabi East @ Webster
North Branch @ Chisago Lakes Area.