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Rebels football crush Rush City 40-6

At times, the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels football team resembles a steamroller that flattens everything in its path. Friday night, the Rebels rolled to a 40-6 win over the Rush City Tigers on the road.

At times, the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels football team resembles a steamroller that flattens everything in its path. Friday night, the Rebels rolled to a 40-6 win over the Rush City Tigers on the road.

"Both our offensive and defensive lines were physically dominant over Rush City," explained Rebel coach Dave Louzek. "They did not match with our size."

The Rebels scored twice in the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by senior Nate Zuk and on a 18-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Joey Bohaty to senior tight end Dan Anderson. Zuk also kicked the extra point on both of the scores making it 14-0 after a quarter of play.

"Rush City has a very athletic quarterback (Justin Bosman) who likes to run in open spaces and he is very good at making tacklers miss," Louzek remarked. "I think our defensive line did a great job of containing him and not letting [him] get into the open field very much."

Rebel running back Zach Thomas scored with 5:16 remaining in the second quarter to make it 20-0. Then it was Zuk scoring on a 10-yard scamper, making it 27-0 following his extra point kick.

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Zuk finished the game with 145 rushing yards on 16 carries, Austin Jacobson added 11 yards on 15 carries, but perhaps the most intriguing thing about the win was the fact that the normally run-happy Rebels put the ball in the air with Bohaty going 6-for-12 for 88 yards. Anderson finished with three catches for 55 yards, Zuk had a pair of catches for 22 yards and Jacobson had a catch for 11 yards.

ML-WR made it 34-0 early in the third quarter when Zuk plowed in from the 1-yard line and senior Dave Cisar tacked on the extra point kick.

Bosman cut the lead for the Tigers when he traipsed in from the 4-yard line late in the third quarter, but the extra point attempt failed, making it 34-6.

The Rebels closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter when freshman running back Chris Gassert slashed into the end zone from the 4-yard line to bring the final score to 40-6, after the extra point try failed.

The Rebels are 2-0 on the season and will play a 4 p.m. game Friday at Duluth Marshall.

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