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Northland Blitz play tough competitor

The Northland Blitz semi-pro football team fell 33-0 to the Stanley Cowboys — part of the Northern Elite Football League, two classes higher — on July 4 in Eau Claire, Wis.

Head coach Tony O'Neil made adjustments at halftime and the Blitz held the Cowboys scoreless in the second half. Only about one-third of the team was able to make it — 22 players on the sideline compared to 54 on the Stanley Cowboys' sideline.

Randal Bohn Jr. of Cloquet was the leading receiver for the day. Ryan Juntunen of Moose Lake was one of the leading defensive players with 5.5 tackles for a loss of 14 yards and a sack.

The team learning a lot and had a great experience playing at a higher level.

The Blitz played two games in four days, but they have a break until their last home game and regular season game July 21 at 5 p.m. at Duluth East High School versus the Central Lakes Serpents of Brainerd.

Playoffs begin July 28.

The Blitz, based in Duluth, are part of the Midwest Premier Football League, a 10-team semi-pro league spread out through Minnesota and North Dakota.

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