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Prep Football: Rangers shutout Rebels

CROSBY--With a picture perfect setting, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers wrote a memorable homecoming script Saturday. C-I recovered three fumbles and intercepted its first pass of the season leading a 17-0 Northeast Blue Subdistrict victory Saturday o...

Crosby-Ironton’s Gabe Ryappy (25) blocks for Zac Myhre (12) as he runs the ball Saturday against Moose Lake-Willow River. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video
Crosby-Ironton’s Gabe Ryappy (25) blocks for Zac Myhre (12) as he runs the ball Saturday against Moose Lake-Willow River. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video

 

CROSBY-With a picture perfect setting, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers wrote a memorable homecoming script Saturday.

C-I recovered three fumbles and intercepted its first pass of the season leading a 17-0 Northeast Blue Subdistrict victory Saturday over the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels.

With a sunny, warm afternoon as the backdrop, Ethan Helie, Logan Grittner and Devin Parks all recovered fumbles and Tre Jones intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter to help C-I's defense pitch the shutout.

"The game plan today was we had to move quick and put pressure on the quarterback," said senior defensive end Brehdan Knox. "A big part of the defense today was our secondary. We've been struggling with that. We really worked on that in practice. We came out and we did what we needed to.

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"Those turnovers were great to see. I think before this game we were negative eight on turnovers so that puts at minus four. We're getting better and we're rolling when we need to be."

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Crosby-Ironton 17, MLWR 0

  • Key: C-I recovered three fumbles and intercepted a pass
  • Subdistrict: CI 1-2, MLWR 0-3
  • Overall: CI 2-4, WLWR 2-4
  • Next: Crosby-Ironton at Esko 7 p.m. Friday

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C-I's defense held the Rebels to just 149 yards of offense, including just 43 yards in the air on 6-of-18 passing. Three of MLWR's five second-half possessions ended in a turnover. The last one ended with the final buzzer.

The Rangers offense didn't fair a ton better, but Nate Sova was 10-of-15 passing for 133 yards, including an 8-yard TD pass to Eli Winegarner that opened up the scoring.

Zac Myhre led the Rangers rushing attack with 66 yards. That included a 33-yard TD run that featured Myhre tight-rope walking the out of bounds line for a majority of the run.

"We knew we could open it up a little more passing because they were crowding the box," said C-I head coach Bryan Syrstad. "The had eight or nine guys in the box at times so we knew we had to try and pass it to win the game. Sova did a nice job. I think he only made one mistake. Other than that I thought he did a good job."

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It was Parks' fumble recovery that set up the only score of the second half. Parks recovered the ball at the Rangers 29. Nine plays later, Kaven Blazek knocked in a 30-yard field goal for the final score. It was the first field goal for C-I since 2010.

C-I's offense managed just 222 yards, but suffered just one turnover.

"Moose Lake definitely had some big guys," Knox said. "No. 77 was a tough guy to move so was No. 66. We did all right. That's something we definitely need to work on is holding our blocks, staying on them and getting to the outside and hitting holes. But we're going in the right direction heading toward playoffs."

The homecoming win was a large confidence boost coming off a tough loss to Aitkin last week.

"We just preach to the guys, especially on homecoming or any special event, that just control what you can control," Syrstad said. "We practiced hard all week and it was just a testament to them. They bounced back and the seniors stepped up and got the guys going all week in practice."

 

 

Moose Lake-WR 0 0 0 0-0

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Crosby-Ironton 7 7 0 3-17

 

First quarter

CI-Eli Winegarner 8 pass from Nate Sova (Kaven Blazek) 5:46

Second quarter

CI-Zac Myhre 33 run (Blazek kick) 9:08

Fourth quarter

CI-Blazek 30 field goal 7:39

 

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: CI 44-89, MLWR 35-106

Pass comp-att-int-yds: CI 10-15-1-133, MLWR 6-18-1-43

Total offense: CI 59-222, MLWR 55-149

 

Individual leaders

Rushing: CI-Eli Winegarner 16-31, Zac Myhre 11-66, Nate Sova 12-(-17), Gabe Ryappy 3-8, Brehndan Knox 1-1, Dylan Mahowald 1-2, team 1-(-2); MLWR-Anakin Oswald 5-11, Trent Juhl 16-71, Eli Werner 10-22, Colton Little 2-(-8), Ian Coil 1-8, Louis Gourd 1-2

Passing: CI-Sova 10-15-133 ; MLWR-Coil 6-18-43

Receiving: CI-Winegarner 6-87, Myhre 2-28, Matthew Christopher 2-18; MLWR-Little 1-13, Oswald 1-6, Avery Kosloski 2-9, Ryan Barrett 2-13

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