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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton St. Cloud Apollo wide receiver Noel Tiegen, who caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Ben Alvord, gets off a running punt in the first half over the outstretched hand of Willmar defensive end Cole Hagen on Friday at Hodapp Field in Willmar.

Prep football: Eagles kick Cardinals on HC

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WILLMAR — St. Cloud Apollo celebrated the Willmar homecoming by pulling the plug  on the Cardinals high-scoring offense on Friday night.


The Eagles never trailed in the 24-13 Central Lakes South win before 1,794 on a cool evening with light rain falling in the second half at Hodapp Field.

Willmar had the edge in offense 320 to 254 yards but the Eagles made all the big plays.

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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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