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Willmar Cardinals cornerback Chris Cunningham brings down Brainerd's Luke Boran at midfield but not before the Warrior quarterback gained enough for first down in the first quarter Friday in Willmar. Linebacker Jordan Geurtz (19) closes in while Patrick Courtney (13) and Tyler Stegeman (18) follow the play.

Prep football: Cardinal comeback falls short

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WILLMAR -- Brainerd jumped out to a 21-0 lead by halftime and withstood a Willmar Cardinals' comeback in the fourth quarter to escape with a 21-14 Central Lakes Conference victory on Friday.

A crowd approaching 1,400 watched the Warriors on a magnificent evening increase their winning streak over the Cardinals to 10 in a row this century.

On the plus side, this is the closest the Cardinals have played the Warriors since a 14-6 win at Brainerd in 2000.

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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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