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High School Football: Orlando, Verndale too much for Ortonville

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VERNDALE -- With a rain-soaked field, the Verndale Pirates turned to their power game led by senior Craig Orlando’s five touchdowns to defeat Ortonville 52-6 Thursday, Oct. 10.

Orlando carried 19 times for 120 yards and scored on runs of 8-, 5-, 3-, 5- and 1-yards.

Verndale’s other scores came on an 85-yard kickoff return to open the second half and a 2-yard run by Ben Brownlow with two seconds left in the game.

The victory was the 399th win for Verndale head coach Mike Mahlen.

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Ortonville 6 0 0 0 -- 6
Verndale 16 14 16 6 -- 52

First quarter
V-Craig Orlando 8 run (C. Orlando run) 7:12
O-5:25 #13 24 pass from #2 (PAT fail) 5:25
V-C. Orlando 5 run (Jake Ismil run) 3:07

Second quarter
V-C. Orlando 3 run (C. Orlando run) 8:13
V-Orlando 5 run (PAT fail) 0:51

Third quarter
V-Zak Olsson 85 kickoff return (Craig Orlando pass from Dilan Orlando) 11:45
V-C. Orlando 1 run (Orlando) 9:35

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Fourth quarter
V-Ben Brownlow 1 run (no PAT attempt) 0:02

Team statistics
Rushes-yards: V 54-263, O 33-139
Pass comp-att-int-yds: V 2-4-0-12, O 3-8-2-27
Total offense: V 275, O 166

Individual leaders
Rushing: V-Craig Orlando 19-120, Ben Brownlow 10-71
Passing: V-Dilan Orlando 2-4-0-12
Receiving: V-Ismil 1-9, C. Orlando 1-3
Overall: V 6-1. Next: Verndale at Rothsay 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.
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