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Derek Henle returns second half kickoff 91 yards to the Kasson-Mantorville one yard line to set up the Wildcats 4th touchdown

NLS defuses Komets 34-14

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MINNEAPOLIS - A school renown for its state tournament basketball teams has projected itself into the state football championship game.

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New London-Spicer (13-0) frolicked to a 34-0 lead and went on to defeat Kasson-Mantorville 34-14 in the Class AAA semifinal-round at the Metro Dome on Saturday.

The Wildcats, whose only other state trip was a year ago when they lost in the semifinals, will play three-time defending state champion Glencoe-Silver Lake (13-0) at noon Saturday back in downtown Minneapolis.

Quarterback Jayme Moten threw for two touchdowns - to Jake Essler and Luke Peterson - and also caught a TD pass thrown by Peterson on a trick play. NLS scooted to a 7-0 lead on a blocked punt by Justin Zylstra that was scooped up by Erik Tengwall at the Komets' four-yard-line.

Despite the game's 48 points, defenses dominated with NLS outgaining the Komets in total yards 207 to 187.

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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. 

(320) 214-4334
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