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New London-Spicer junior running back Adam Essler gains 13 yards on a catch-and-run before Waconia cornerback can nudge him out of bounds in the first quarter Friday at Pederson Field in New London. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Prep Football: NLS clips Waconia

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NEW LONDON -- Aaron Ruter hauled in a 57-yard scoring strike and had 113 receiving yards on just 4 catches as New London-Spicer held on to edge Waconia 21-14 in a Wright County Conference clash Friday in NLS' home opener.

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Waconia (0-2, 0-2) tied the game at 7-7 about five minutes after Ryan Vraa's long TD pass to Ruter, but NLS (2-0, 2-0) then had Adam Essler (3 yards) and Austin Stone (17 yards) score in the third quarter to take command.

Waconia scored with just 11 seconds left to cap the scoring.

Waconia outgained NLS 312-264 and had 6 more first downs than the home team, but the winless Wildcats committed 10 penalties and turned the ball over three times. Ben Beuning had an interception and fumble recovery for NLS.

Austin Stone ran for 64 yards on 19 carries and Vraa completed 11-of-17 passes for 168 yards to ignite the NLS offense.

Sparking the NLS defense -- which had 5 sacks -- was Mitch Oman with his 13 tackles.

NL-Spicer 21, Waconia 14

Waconia (0-2, 0-2) 0 7 0 7 -- 14

NLS (2-0, 2-0) 0 7 14 0 -- 21

NLS - Aaron Ruter 57 pass from Ryan Vraa (Reid Johnson kick)

Wac - Tommy Grove 35 pass from Cody Clark (Ben Kullman kick)

NLS - Adam Essler 3 run (kick failed)

NLS - Austin Stone 17 run (Nick LaPatka pass from Vraa)

Wac - Wyatt Held 8 pass from Clark (Kullman kick)

Waconia

Team statistics

First downs: 18 ... Rushing: 32-145 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 15-31-167-1 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 10-95

Individual statistics

Rushing: Riley Trnka 8-58, Ryan Mattson 2-3, Jacob Fettig 18-113, Cody Clark 4-(-29) ... Passing: Clark 15-31-167-1 ... Receiving: Wylie Ferron 3-12, Mattson 4-54, Tommy Gove 2-37, Trnka 1-9, Fettig 1-10, Wyatt Held 4-45 ... Punting: Mattson 6-21.1 ... Interceptions: Gove 1 ... Fumble recoveries: none

New London-Spicer

Team statistics

First downs: 12 ... Rushing: 35-96 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 11-17-168-1 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 6-80

Individual statistics

Rushing: Austin Stone 19-64, Adam Essler 6-22, Grant Vagle 6-23, Ryan Vraa 4-(-13) ... Passing: Vraa 11-17-168-1 ... Receiving: Nick LaPatka 1-6, Aaron Ruter 4-113, Essler 4-24, Vagle 1-16, Corbin Schwartz 1-9 ... Punting: Ruter 3-38.0 ... Interceptions: Ben Beuning 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Beuning 1, Stone 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Mitch Oman 6-7, Stone 5-2, Vagle 4-3, Logan Brink 4-4, Schwartz 6-1 ... QB sacks: Oman 1, Stone 0.5, Vagle 1, Lucas Nelson 0.5, Chris Nelson 0.5, Nick Bergeson 1, Rick Berry 0.5

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