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The Willmar defense stuffs Brainerd running back Dan Lauer for a one-yard loss in the second quarter Friday night at Hodapp Field in Willmar. Cardinal tacklers from left, are Coty Milhausen, Landon Peterson and Jeff Duininck. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

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WILLMAR -- The Brainerd Warriors scored 26 straight points in the first half and went on to beat the Willmar Cardinals 32-18 on a damp Friday night at Hodapp Field.


The outcome is hardly a surprise. Brainerd (2-0) rolled to its eighth straight victory over the Cardinals, though this was perhaps the most competitive.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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