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Wrenshall football win big game over Isle

Wrenshall head coach Jeremy Zywicki probably said it best when he likened his team's overtime football win against Isle as David versus Goliath. The Wrens had only 12 eligible players for the game on Friday night and one of those is a foreign exc...

Wrenshall head coach Jeremy Zywicki probably said it best when he likened his team's overtime football win against Isle as David versus Goliath. The Wrens had only 12 eligible players for the game on Friday night and one of those is a foreign exchange student from Austria.

"I was so proud of these kids after the football game," said first-year coach Zywicki. "When our team is on the field you see only a few kids standing on our sidelines and then you look across and see 30 kids lined up when their team is on the field."

Apparently the 12 were enough for the Wrens as they won an overtime thriller that kept fans on the edge of their seats the entire game.

After Isle scored in the first quarter, the Wrens got a 15-yard touchdown run from Jordan Berglund to tie the game at 6-6. Both teams missed their extra points.

Isle went up 14-6 on a 50-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, but Berglund answered with a 40-yard touchdown romp of his own. Berglund then tacked on the two-point conversion run making it 14-14. However, Isle recovered a high snap off a punt inside the Wrens 10-yard line. With just 20 seconds remaining until halftime, they scored on another pass as they took a 22-14 halftime lead.

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"Midway through the third quarter, Brennin O'Brien scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and Berglund added the two-point conversion to tie the game," commented Zywicki. "Isle broke that tie with a halfback pass to take the lead back midway through the fourth quarter."

Following the Isle score, the Wrens went on a 12-play drive that culminated with a score on a quarterback keeper by John Moder with just 50 seconds remaining to tie the game. The Wrens were unable to convert the extra point and the game remain tied at 28-28 as regulation ended.

"In overtime, Isle began from our 10-yard line and on their fourth play they scored on a halfback dive play," explained Zywicki. "On the two-point conversion attempt, their quarterback threw a fade to the corner of the end zone where the tight end went up and caught the ball. Before he could gain possession and land on his feet, John Moder came over from his safety position and knocked the ball out of his hands."

The Wrens then had their chance to tie the score and perhaps win the game. After two plays, the Wrens were on the 1-yard line where they ran a sweep and lost six yards, putting them at the 7-yard line with one play left.

Enter Berglund.

The star running back took the ball on a sweep and bolted in from seven yards out to tie the game. On the two-point conversion, it was Berglund who blasted through the line following some strong lead blocking to seal the win in overtime.

"Our starting nine basically played the whole football game," said Berglund. "I can truly say this team plays with heart every Friday night."

On offense, the Wrens line played well and allowed for Berglund to gain 239 yards and score three touchdowns.

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"Berglund is a heck of a back and sees the field extremely well after moving from fullback to halfback," commented Zywicki. "He not only rolls up the yards on the ground for us, but he plays middle linebacker, kicks and punts. He is a heck of an all-around athlete."

O'Brien rushed for 52 yards, Joey Holmes added 54 rushing yards for the Wrens and Moder added 46 yards on the ground.

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