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Litchfield tumbles Waconia

LITCHFIELD -- Big plays at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth vaulted Litchfield to a 38-27 victory over the Waconia Wildcats in Wright County football Friday.

The comeback kept the Dragons in first place with a 5-0 mark, 6-0 overall.

Litchfield trailed Waconia 27-22 with under a min-ute left in the third quarter when quarterback Kent Johnson hit Alex Euerle for a 16-yard score and a 30-27 lead.

The Dragons held the Wildcats to start the final quarter and Josh Rose then took the a punt back 65 yards for a touchdown to cap the scoring.

Waconia burned Litchfield twice in the first half with the deep ball, scoring touchdowns on Kevin Ebert passes covering 41 and 65 yards.

A third long completion set up a short run by Joe Timm for a 21-15 Wildcats lead. But Rose picked up a blocked punt and ran it in to give Litchfielda 22-21 lead at halftime.

The Wildcats had 176 passing yards in the first half.

Litchfield took a 15-14 lead on on a 23-yard pass from Johnson to Daren Sangren and a one-yard burst by Rose.

Johnson ran for 102 yards and passed for 104 more.

Litchfield 38, Waconia 27

Waconia (2-3, 3-3) 7 14 6 0 -- 27

Litchfield (5-0, 6-0) 8 14 8 8 -- 38

Wac - Jason Menth 41 pass from Kevin Ebert (David Hobbs kick)

Lit - Daren Sangren 23 pass from Kent Johnson (Sangren pass from Johnson)

Wac - Mark Schrupp 65 pass from Ebert (Hobbs kick)

Lit - Josh Rose 1 run (Osvwaldo Sanchez kick)

Wac - Joe Timm 3 run (Hobbs kick)

Lit - Rose 28 blocked punt return (Sanchez kick)

Wac - Menth 13 pass from Ebert (kick blocked)

Lit - Alex Euerle 16 pass from Johnson (Johnson run)

Lit - Rose 63 punt return (Johnson un)

Waconia

Team statistics

First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 24-47 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 13-35-245-1 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 3-30

Individual statistics

Rushing: Justin Klingelhutz 15-54, Joe Timm 5-9 .... Passing: Kevin Ebert 13-34-245-1 .... Receiving: Jaon Menth 5-126, Klingelhutz 3-30, Mark Schrupp 1-65 .... Punting: Menth 8-28.0

Litchfield

Team statistics

First downs: 17 ... Rushing: 54-229 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 6-14-104-0 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 5-37

Individual statistics

Rushing: Josh Rose 25-92, Kent Johnson 19-102, Daren Sangren 9-22, Jess Houseman 1-13 .... Passing: Johnson 6-13-104-0 .... Receiving: Rose 3-33, Matt Triche 1-32, Sangren 1-23, Alex Euerle 1-16 .... Punting: Rose 5-33.8 .... Interceptions: Jordan Lecher .... Fumble recoveries: Jared Flemming .... Tackles (solo-assist): Josh Rose 6-2, Blayne Johnson 4-2, Bo Penk 1-5, Nathan Nelson 2-3, David Malepsy 0-4 ... QB sacks: Marcus Buschette 1, Jared Flemming ½, Penk ½x

NEXT -- Litchfield: Friday at Dassel-Cokato

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