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Area Football: Patriots hold off Cardinals for opening win

PEQUOT LAKES - CJ Borleis rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception for a score as the Pequot Lakes Patriots held off the Staples-Motley Cardinals for a season-opening 38-30 victory Saturday night.

PEQUOT LAKES - CJ Borleis rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception for a score as the Pequot Lakes Patriots held off the Staples-Motley Cardinals for a season-opening 38-30 victory Saturday night.

Borleis scored in the first quarter on a 5-yard run and on a 25-yard run in the fourth. On defense, he intercepted a pass and returned it 36 yards for a score in the second quarter.

Pequot Lakes' Chad Christianson ran 12 yards for a TD in the second quarter and 5 yards for a TD in the fourth. He finished with 10 carries for 84 yards.

Trailing 38-16, the Cardinals scored twice in the final three minutes. Hunter Berggren ran in from a yard out with 2:52 remaining. Matt Miller caught a 40-yard scoring pass from Mason Rychner with 1:30 left.

Berggren finished with two TD runs and Rychner with two TD passes.

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Staples-Motley 8 8 0 14 - 30

Pequot Lakes 6 14 6 12 - 38

First quarter

PL-CJ Borleis 5 run (kick blocked), 8:09

S-M-Tyler Johnson 17 pass from Mason Rychner (Hunter Berggren run), 1:04

Second quarter

PL-Borleis 36 interception return (Borleis run), 10:27

PL-Chad Christianson 12 run (Austin Young pass from Borleis) 8:10

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S-M-Berggren 10 run (Berggren run), 1.2

Third quarter

PL-Max Tangen 24 pass from Borleis (run failed), 7:35

Fourth quarter

PL-Christianson 5 run (run failed), 11:50

PL-Borleis 25 run (run failed), 5:00

S-M-Berggren 1 run (Berggren run), 2:52

S-M-Matt Miller 40 pass from Rychner (run failed), 1:30

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Overall: SM 0-1, PL 1-0. Next: Pequot Lakes at Fergus Falls 7 p.m. Friday, Frazee at Staples-Motley 7 p.m. Friday.

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