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Ridgewater football preview


Northland (1-2) at Ridgewater (1-2)

1:30 p.m. today at Hodapp Field

NORTHLAND OVERVIEW: After two losses, the Pioneers nipped Fergus Falls 32-31 in Week 3. Expect nothing fancy from the team out of Thief River Falls. A straight-forward running attack accounts for most of their yards (454 to 139 passing). James Gant has a gaudy 9.9 average in 18 carries. Three other ball carriers have 52 or 53 yards. The defense has been a bit generous, allowing 30 points per game.

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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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