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College Football: Crowell, Raiders rush past Spartans

Nuke Crowell put up big rushing numbers and scored a touchdown as the Central Lakes Raiders closed out their regular season with a 35-7 win over Minnesota State Fergus Falls Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Findorff Athletic Complex in Brainerd.

Central Lakes College's Zach Severtson runs with the ball Saturday, Oct. 20, against Minnesota State Fergus Falls at the Findorff Athletic Complex in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video
Central Lakes College's Zach Severtson runs with the ball Saturday, Oct. 20, against Minnesota State Fergus Falls at the Findorff Athletic Complex in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video

Nuke Crowell put up big rushing numbers and scored a touchdown as the Central Lakes Raiders closed out their regular season with a 35-7 win over Minnesota State Fergus Falls Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Findorff Athletic Complex in Brainerd.

Crowell rushed 21 times for 171 yards including a 9-yard scamper in the second quarter to give the Raiders a 14-0 lead.

It was a big day overall on the ground for CLC as it rushed for 225 yards in windy conditions. However, the passing game was also effective as Jake Franklin completed 15 passes on 27 attempts for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Franklin's 7-yard throw to Jordan Thompson opened the scoring for the Raiders in the first quarter. They built that lead in an explosive second quarter as Dan Griep rushed for a three-yard touchdown and Will Peabody caught a 42-yard strike from Franklin. That along with Crowell's scoring run gave the Raiders a 21-point second quarter and a 28-0 halftime lead.

CLC would get one more score in the fourth quarter on a Ridge Reed 4-yard run to close out the scoring.

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The Raiders' defense was led by Eli Winegarner who recorded seven tackles and a sack. Quentin Skinner tallied an interception and CLC limited the Spartans to just 161 total yards-57 on the ground. Minnesota State found the end zone only once, on a rushing touchdown with less than five minutes left in the game.

The win was the sixth in the row for CLC, and combined with Mesabi's loss to NDSCS in overtime, clinched the No.1 spot in the state playoffs in the Eastern Division. The Raiders will face No. 4 Fond du Lac Thunder 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

For more photos go to https://bit.ly/2yuRK32 .

Fergus Falls 0 0 0 7 - 7

CLC 7 21 0 7 - 35

First quarter

CLC - Jordan Thompson 7 pass from Jake Franklin (Jack Quaal kick) 10:17

Second quarter

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CLC - Nuke Crowell 9 run (Quaal kick) 14:20

CLC - Dan Griep 3 run (Quaal kick ) 10:18

CLC - Will Peabody 42 pass from Franklin (Quaal kick) 5:41

Fourth quarter

MSFF - Mykhal Chavis 8 run (Caleb Brate kick) 4:45

CLC - Ridge Reed 4 run (Quaal kick) :53

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: CLC 41-225, MSFF 33-57

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Pass comp-att-int-yds: CLC 15-30-2-148, MSFF 8-13-1-104

Total offense: CLC 373, MSFF 161

Individual leaders

Rushing: CLC-Nuke Crowell 21-171, Ridge Reed 12-40, Josh Prahl 1-6, Jake Franklin 2-5, Dan Griep 2-3, Trae Martin 3-0; MSFF-Mykhal Chavis 21-59

Passing: CLC-Jake Franklin 15-27-1-148, Dan Griep 0-1-1-0, Josh Prahl 0-2-0-0; MSFF Will Gunther 8-13-1-104

Receiving: CLC-Will Peabody 3-55, Jordan Thompson 4-29, Nuke Crowell 2-20, Talon Bradley 1-12, Zach Severtson 1-9, Kyle Hereford 1-7, Tanasi Reed 1-7, Mike Bostrom 1-5, Reed 1-4; MSFF-Lucas Maloney 6-84.

Div: CLC 5-0. Overall: CLC 6-2. Next:CLC .

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