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Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City's Trever Heining dives for a first down at the Milaca 27-yard line during the first half Friday in Grove City. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Prep Football: Milaca fends off ACGC

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Prep Football: Milaca fends off ACGC
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GROVE CITY -- A 20-point rally by Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City didn't stand up as Milica got in the last lick and took home a 22-20 win over the Falcons on Friday.

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The Wolves bolted to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but Atwater-Cosmos-Grove?City fought back to tie at halftime 14-14. Erik Whitcomb and Mitch Tauer got the touchdowns on runs of 4 and 18 yards, respectively, and a two-point conversion pass from Tauer to Ryan Larson tied it.

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove?City took the lead 20-14 in the third quarter on a T.J. Hoffmann one-yard dive.

Milaca, which had scored on its second play from scrimmage -- an 84-yard run by Sam Johnson -- got another big play when Mitch Ruis burst 67 yards to tie it 20-20 with nine minutes left.

The Wolves' Brandon Kiel ran in the conversion attempt.

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City had the edge in total yardage, 288-277, but had five turnovers to one by Milaca.

The Falcons' Trever Heining totaled 244 yards rushing and receiving.

Milaca 22, ACGC 20

Milaca (1-0) 14 0 0 8 -- 22

ACGC (0-1) 0 14 6 0 -- 20

Mil - Sam Johnson 84 run (run fail)

Mil - Mitch Ruis 4 run (Ruis run)

ACGC - Erik Whitcomb 4 run (run fail)

ACGC - Mitch Tauer 18 run (Ryan Larson pass from Tauer)

ACGC - T.J. Hofmann 1 run (pass failed)

Mil - Ruis 67 run (Brandon Kiel run)

Milaca

Team statistics

First downs: 7 ... Rushing: 36-245 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-9-32-0 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 9-70

Individual statistics

Rushing: Sam Johnson 15-101, Brandon Kiel 11-41, Mitch Ruis 6-80 ... Passing: Brandon Kiel 5-9-32-0 ... Receiving: Sam Johnson 2-21, Marcus Hannenberg 1-16, Riley Sikkink 1-13, Mitch Ruis 1-6 ... Punting: Ryan Garads 5-29 ... Interceptions: Sam Johnson 1, Vince Griffith 1, Riley Sikkink 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Sam Johnson 1, Ryan Garads 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): n/a ... QB sacks: none

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

Team statistics

First downs: 17 ... Rushing: 57-202 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-17-86-3 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 2-15

Individual statistics

Rushing: Trever Heining 19-80, Erik Whitcomb 14-47, Mitch Tauer 15-65 ... Passing: Mitch Tauer 5-17-86-3 ... Receiving: Ryan Larson 2-17, Trever Heining 2-64, T.J. Hofmann 1-5... Punting: Marty Peterson 2-35 ... Interceptions: none ... Fumble recoveries: Ryan Larson 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Trever Heining 4-3, Hayden Rouser 4-1, Dylan Nelson 2-3, Mitch Tauer 7-0, Luke Maurer 2-1 ... QB sacks: Ryan Larson 2

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