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Tribune photo by Tom Larson New London-Spicer receiver Nick LaPatka (20) snares a first-quarter pass from Wildcats quarterback Ryan Vraa as Albany defensive back Scott Litchy (19) tries to break up the play on Wednesday in New London. The Wildcats took a two-touchdown lead in the first half and downed their former West Central Conference rival 20-7.

Prep football: Wildcats upend Albany

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NEW LONDON -- Austin Stone ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns to spark New London-Spicer past old West Central Conference rival Albany 20-7 Wednesday in the regular-season finale.

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The win snapped the Wildcats' four-game losing streak and gave NLS a home game against No. 7 Montevideo for next week's Section 6AAA playoffs. The Wildcats are the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Sauk Centre.

Stone opened the scoring with a 2-yard plunge midway through the first quarter and then scored from 6 yards out in the third quarter. NLS ran for 210 yards as a team with Adam Essler picking up 48 yards on 8 carries.

Sandwiched between Stone's scoring runs was Ryan Vraa's 53-yard touchdown pass to Trent Boie on the final play of the first quarter. Vraa completed only one other pass in the game, but the Wildcats' defense picked off Albany four times and held the visiting Huskies (4-4) to just 181 yards of offense.

NLS 20, Albany 7

Albany (4-4) 0 0 0 7 -- 7

NLS (4-4) 14 0 6 0 -- 20

NLS - Austin Stone 2 run (Daiton Johnson kick)

NLS - Trent Boie 53 pass from Ryan Vraa (Johnson kick)

NLS - Stone 6 run (kick failed)

Alb - Nick Mergen 3 run (Scott Litchy kick)

Albany

Team statistics

First downs: 10 ... Rushing: 40-140 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 8-16-41-4 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 3-15

Individual statistics

Rushing: Nick Mergen 15-55, Scott Litchy 12-47, Carter Holthaus 9-32 ... Passing: Litchy 8-16-41-4 ... Receiving: Mitchell Thelen 2-12, Holthaus 3-9, Zach Raeker 1-7, Aaron Eiynck 1-6, Michael Schlangen 1-7 ... Punting: Schlangen 2-62 (31.0) ... Interceptions: none ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): n/a ... QB sacks: n/a

New London-Spicer

Team statistics

First downs: 14 ... Rushing: 45-210 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 2-5-66-0 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 6-40

Individual statistics

Rushing: Austin Stone 28-157, Adam Essler 8-48, Grant Vagle 4-11, Ryan Vraa 1-0, Jarrett Hatlestad 3-(-6), Ben Beuning 1-0 ... Passing: Vraa 2-4-66-0, Essler 0-1-0-0 ... Receiving: Nick LaPatka 1-13, Trent Boie 1-53 ... Punting: Aaron Ruter 4-119 (29.8) ... Interceptions: Daiton Johnson 1, Joey Dreier 1, Beuning 1, Zach Steffl 1 ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): Corbin Schwartz 7-6, Johnson 7-6, Vagle 6-2, Steffl 5-1, Logan Brink 4-1, Beuning 3-2, Stone 3-2 ... QB sacks: none

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