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Tribune photos by Rand Middleton Willmar sophomore halfback Michael Heitzman steps out of a tackle by Monticello's Jack Fair during the Cardinals' longest rushing play of the game -- an 18-yard end run to the Magic 24 fueling Willmar's third-quarter touchdown drive Friday in Willmar.

Prep football: Willmar no match for Magic

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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals welcomed its second visitor to Hodapp Field this fall out of its new section.

Willmar got a feel of Section 6-5A when it beat Buffalo in the opener. The Bison, who rank No. 5 in the 6-team gridiron group, favor the pass.


Last night on a chilly, breezy Friday, the Cardinals got a taste of the section's No. 2 team with Monticello in town.

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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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