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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Elk River junior Austin Larson runs for a first down in the second quarter on a quarterback keeper chased by Buzzy Tollefson, from left, Patrick Courtney and Hunter Mottinger on Tuesday in Willmar. Larson ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

Prep football: Elks stampede Cardinals


WILLMAR -- If this is the 5A football playoffs ... uff da!!

Bumped up the big-school level just below the new Super 32, the Cardinals got mugged on their own field Tuesday night.

Feeling frisky after grinding through a 6A schedule, the Elk River Elks overpowered Willmar 51-28 at Hodapp Field with perhaps 700 on hand.

The Elks (4-5) led 30-7 by intermission and 44-7 after three periods of the Section 6-5A quarterfinal.

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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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