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Area Football: Hilltoppers down Aitkin 28-27 in OT

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AITKIN — The Aitkin Gobblers came close but couldn’t quite finish off Duluth Marshall, losing 28-27 in overtime in Friday’s Great Polar Alliance game.

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With the score tied 20-20 at the end of regulation, the Hilltoppers won the coin toss and deferred. Two plays later, Nathan Ehnstrom scored on an eight yard pass from Jake Lynn and kicked the extra point.

Duluth responded with their own touchdown and successfully converted the two-point conversion for the win to hand the Gobblers their fifth straight loss.

Also scoring touchdowns for Aitkin were Adam Bast on a six-yard run and Dan Bender on a two-yard run to give Aitkin a 14-8 lead at the half.

A 45-yard pass from Lynn to Peter Zasmeta stretched the lead to 20-8 in the third.

Duluth Marshall 0 0 14 6 8 — 28

Aitkin 7 7 6 0 7 — 27

Aitkin scoring:

First quarter

Atk — Adam Bast 6 run (Nathan Ehnstrom kick)

Second quarter

Atk — Dan Bender 2 run (Ehnstrom kick)

Third quarter

Atk — Peter Zasmeta 45 pass from Jake Lynn (kick failed)

Overtime

Atk — Ehnstrom 8 pass from Lynn (Ehnstrom kick)

Conference: A 0-5. Overall: A 1-5. Next: Aitkin hosts Esko 7 p.m. Friday.

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