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New London-Spicer defensive backs Adam Essler and Mitch Ejnik (11) team up to take down and knock the ball loose from an Albany ball carrier in the first half of the Wildcats' 48-46 win over the Huskies on Wednesday in New London. Tribune photo by Tom Larson.

New London-Spicer edges Albany

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NEW LONDON -- Mitch Ejnik scored on a kickoff return, a punt return and on a pass play from Tanner Tobkin, and David Nething returned an interception for another touchdown to help New London-Spicer fight off West Central North Conference rival Albany 48-46 Wednesday in the regular-season finale.

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Albany (3-2, 5-3) outgained NLS (4-1, 6-2) by 1 yard, but special teams gave the Wildcats an added boost. The two traded scores before NLS erupted for 28 points in the third quarter to take a 48-33 lead. Adam Essler scored on a 27-yard run before Ejnik scored on a 70-yard punt return and on an 89-yard kickoff return, and Nething ran back a Blake Meyer interception 24 yards.

The Huskies scored early and late in the fourth quarter while keeping NLS off the scoreboard.

Essler also hauled in a 31-yard TD pass from Tobkin and Ronnie Johnson chewed up 151 yards on the ground. Dylan Hanson tied the game at 14-14 in the first quarter for NLS on a 1-yard TD run.

NL-Spicer 48, Albany 46

Albany (3-2, 5-3) 14 6 13 13 -- 46

NLS (4-1, 6-2) 14 6 28 0 -- 48

Alb - Travis Sand 3 pass from Blake Meyer (2-point conversion failed)

NLS - Mitch Ejnik 32 pass from Tanner Tobkin (Tobkin kick)

Alb - Sand 85 kickoff return (Aaron Eiynck run)

NLS - Dylan Hanson 1 run (Tobkin kick)

Alb - Dylan Shay 25 pass from Sand (kick failed)

NLS - Adam Essler 31 pass from Tobkin (kick failed)

Alb - Sand 15 pass from Meyer (Scott Litchy kick)

NLS - Essler 27 run (Tobkin kick)

NLS - Ejnik 70 punt return (Tobkin kick)

Alb - Litchy 13 run (kick failed)

NLS - Ejnik 89 kickoff return (Tobkin kick)

NLS - David Nething 24 interception return (Tobkin kick)

Alb - Litchy 10 run (2-point conversion failed)

Alb - Matt Schwinghammer 1 run (Nick Neuman kick)

Albany

Team statistics

First downs: 17 ... Rushing: 50-230 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-16-125-2 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 2-10

Individual statistics

Rushing: Travis Sand 5-48, Scott Litchy 17-79, Aaron Eiynck 8-26, Blake Meyer 7-8, Matt Schwinghammer 6-22, Tony Harlander 7-47 ... Passing: Blake Meyer 5-9-42-2, Tony Harlander 3-6-58-0, Travis Sand 1-1-25-0 ... Receiving: Dylan Shay 3-45, Travis Sand 2-18, Brandon Bierbaum 1-4, Matt Schwinghammer 1-6, Zach Raeker 1-13, Scott Litchy 1-39 ... Punting: Scott Litchy 3-31 ... Interceptions: not available ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): not available ... QB sacks: not available

New London-Spicer

Team statistics

First downs: 21 ... Rushing: 42-234 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 6-13-120-1 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 1-5

Individual statistics

Rushing: Ronnie Johnson 26-151, Dylan Hanson 8-35, Adam Essler 3-36, Tanner Tobkin 3-2, Chris Hacker 1-3, Austin Stone 1-7 ... Passing: Tanner Tobkin 6-13-120-1 ... Receiving: Mitch Ejnik 4-52, Austin Stone 1-37, Adam Essler 1-31 ... Punting: Aaron Ruter 4-29.3 ... Interceptions: David Nething 1, other not available ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): not available ... QB sacks: not available

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