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College Football: Vermilion forfeits game against CLC

Central Lakes College and Vermilion game won't be played Saturday, Oct. 8

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Central Lakes College Raider quarterback Landon Jones prepares to throw a pass during practice Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, at Central Lakes College.
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The Central Lakes College Raiders won’t get a chance to close their regular season against Vermilion at home Saturday, Oct. 8.

Vermilion forfeited the contest due not having enough players, which means CLC moves to 3-3 on the regular season and will likely host a playoff game Sunday, Oct. 23.

Central Lakes College head coach Greg Medeck said he will look to find a non-conference opponent to play next week, which is the Raiders’ bye week, but as of Wednesday nothing was certain.

“We got inquiries all over the place and are awaiting responses,” Medeck said.

CLC lost last week’s game to North Dakota State College of Science 52-14.

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The loss dropped the Raiders to 2-3 with both wins coming at home. They knocked off Rochester 29-23 in Week Two and defeated Mesabi Range 27-13 Week Four.

Matt Torres has quarterbacked the Raiders offense. He’s completed 49.7% of his passes for 494 yards and eight touchdowns.

On the ground, Daryel Bell leads the Raiders with 129 rushing yards with Rashaun Cage being a close second with 127 yards.

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Jackson Owens and Ethan Guerra have been the main targets for Torres when throwing. Owens has hauled in 25 catches for 317 yards and four touchdowns while Guerra has caught 22 passes for 323 yards and one touchdown.

Tight end Paul Meyer is third in receiving with nine catches for 107 yards.

On the defensive side, Devin Jones is the top tackler for the Raiders with 29 including a team-leading five tackles for loss. Ashton Hanan has recorded 27 tackles with Ryan Edquist and David Hurst each with 24.

Edquist shares the team lead for interceptions with Rashad Sherwood and Brennan Brockel with two apiece.

Nicholas Kroom leads the team with two sacks.

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“I love being around this group of young men,” Medeck said. “They have a good work ethic and commitment to seeing improvement. We’ve seen some ups and downs, but every time we’ve seen a challenging defeat we’ve been able to rebound, and play well. Which is what I was looking forward to this weekend. It’s a resilient bunch.”

Medeck says he’s still confident about his guys headed into the playoffs.

“The regular season is about two things,” Medeck said. “It’s about having a valuable experience the players can cherish and it is about preparation for a postseason run. We are still earnestly working towards those two things. We will have a postseason that we are excited about and looking forward to.”

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