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Tyler Hansen of Morris, left, is pursued by Brandon Zylstra, center, and Shawn Hatlestad of New London-Spicer during the first quarter of their season-opening football game Friday at New London. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

NLS rallies past Morris

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NEW LONDON -- Defending Class AAA champion New London-Spicer scored 20 straight points to clip Morris 20-14 in the season-opening football game for both teams Friday night.

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The Wildcats trailed 7-0 after Ryan Beyer connected on a 37-yard pass play to Cody Cannon for a touchdown with eight seconds left in the first quarter.

But NLS marched down the field in the second half, capping the drive with a long pass play of its own, a 37-yarder from Jayme Moten to Tanner Tobkin. The extra point failed, and the Wildcats went into halftime with a 7-6 deficit.

The action didn't heat up in the third quarter, but got really hot in the fourth.

Moten scored on a one-yard run, then one the Wildcats' next possession, Ronnie Johnson broke away for a 55-yard TD for a 20-7 lead.

Morris scored with just under eight minutes left on a seven-yard run by Beyer.

Johnson led the Wildcats with 86 rushing yards. NLS pounded out 214 on the ground, much of it in the second half.

Tyler Hansen had 78 yards rushing for Morris.

NL-Spicer 20, Morris 14

Morris (0-1) 7 0 0 7 -- 14

NL-Spicer (1-0) 0 6 0 14 -- 20

Mor - Cody Cannon 37 pass from Ryan Beyer (Jordan Fletcher kick)

NLS - Tanner Tobkin 32 pass from Jayme Moten (kick failed)

NLS - Moten 1 run (Moten run)

NLS - Ronnie Johnson 55 run (run failed)

Mor - Beyer 7 run (Fletcher kick)

Morris

Team statistics

First downs: 12 ... Rushing: 42-144 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-15-111-1 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 3-25

Individual statistics

Rushing: Tyler Hansen 19-78, Eric Riley 8-25, Ryan Beyer 8-35, Cody Hickman 2-5, Eathan Bruer 5-1 ... Passing: Ryan Beyer 5-15-111-1 ... Receiving: Eathan Bruer 3-62, Cody Cannon 1-37, Brady Valnes 1-12 ... Punting: Tyler Hansen 5-35.8 ... Interceptions: Eathan Bruer 1, Conner Metzger 1 ... Fumble recoveries: none

New London-Spicer

Team statistics

First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 39-214 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-16-92-2 ... Fumbles lost: none ... Penalties: 3-25

Individual statistics

Rushing: Jayme Moten 7-25, Matt Melbie 15-73, Ronnie Johnson 11-86, Dylan Hanson 1-32, Shawn Hatlestad 5-(-2) ... Passing: Jayme Moten 5-16-92-2 ... Receiving: Brandon Zylstra 2-30, Tanner Tobkin 3-57, Austin Cuka 1-5 ... Punting: Shawn Hatlestad 2-27, Aaron Ruter 3-39.6 ... Interceptions: Shawn Hatlestad 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Dalton Lindstrand 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Brandon Zylstra 12-3, Shawn Hatlestad 9-2, Matt Melbie 9-7, Dustin Holden 7-5, Chase Johanson 6-5, Cody Jakobson 2-7 ... QB sacks: none

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