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Lumberjacks stumble again

A second quarter safety was all the Brainerd Lumberjacks could muster for points during Saturday’s 16-2 loss to the Minnesota Sting in a Midwest Premier Football League game at Shew Field at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Mike Munsterteiger and Titus Cole combined on the sack in the end zone midway through the second quarter to give Brainerd a short-lived 2-0 lead.

The Sting intercepted a pass by Lumberjack quarterback Kevin Gibbs and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown two minutes before the half. The extra point was blocked and Minnesota led 6-2.

The Sting also scored on a field goal in the third quarter and a pass in the final stanza to complete the scoring.

“Defensively, we’re playing great,” said Brainerd coach JJ Kern.  “Offensively, we’re just not clicking yet.”

Wade Steiery was the leading rusher for the Lumberjacks and stepped in at quarterback for the second half.

“This is a brand new kid who has never been to a practice and I think he can really help us,” said Kern. “We’re looking forward to getting some packages with him in there.”

“If we can score points, our defense will keep us in every game. We have some athletes, we just need to get our timing down.”

The Lumberjack defense was led by Tony Martin and Cole with six tackles apiece. Martin also snagged two interceptions while Mark Hummel and Pat Strodel each had one pick.

Brainerd is now 0-2 in league play and faces the Minnesota Rhinos (1-1) 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Burnsville High School

Minnesota Sting 0 6 3 7 — 16

Brainerd            0 2 0 0 — 0

Record: Brd 0-3. Next: Brainerd Lumberjacks vs. Minnesota Rhinos at Burnsville High School 7:30 p.m. Saturday.