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Warriors lose in triple OT

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West Central Tribune
Warriors lose in triple OT
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

VIRGINIA -- It was one run too many for the Ridgewater defense Saturday.

Mesabi Range's Avery Walker scored on a two-point conversion in the third overtime to give the Vikings a 23-21 win over the Warriors in MCAC football action.

Walker, who ran for 124 yards last week, rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown as the Vikings piled up 184 yards.

The Warriors, who exhibited more of a commitment to the run with 44 carries, were held to 82 yards.

That put pressure on the passing game. Though Ridgewater threw for 161 yards, starting quarterback Jackson Illies threw three interceptions and backup Colton Otto was picked off once. The Warriors also lost two fumbles.

Still, Otto scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter and Elijah Swen's extra-point tied the game at 15.

Neither team scored in the first two overtimes, then Ridgewater finally found the end zone on a 27-yard play from Illies to Marcus Thames. The two-point conversion failed, and Ridgewater's lead was 21-15.

But Willie Farley scored on a 25-yard pass play from Mario McCollough to tie the game. Walker's run ended it.

Davontay Stevens led the Ridgewater ground attack with 53 yards on 24 carries. Illies threw for 119 yards and Keante Johnson grabbed six passes for 50 yards. Jake Bothun had four catches for 54 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, the Warriors forced an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone to score a first-quarter safety. Daryl Thomas had 13 tackles and recovered a fumble, and Brennan Hagert had 10 tackles.

Mesabi Range 23, Ridgewater 21

Ridge (0-2) 2 6 0 7 0 0 6 -- 21

Mesabi 0 0 15 0 0 0 8 -- 23

Ridge - Safety, intentional grounding in end zone

Ridge - Jake Bothun 15 pass from Jackson Illies (kick failed)

MR - Avery Walker 2 run (Jarvis Fulks kick)

MR - Maurice Nelson 40 fumble recovery

Ridge - Colton Otto 1 run (Elijah Swen kick)

Ridge - Marcus Thames 27 pass from Illies (conversion failed)

MR - Willie Farley 25 pass from Mario McCollough (Walker run)

Ridgewater

Team statistics

First downs: 14 ... Rushing: 44-82 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 16-26-161-4 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 11-65

Individual statistics

Rushing: Davontay Stevens 24-53, Zak Neubarth 8-17, Jackson Illies 3-(-15), Cameron Halvorson 3-12, Daryl Thomas 2-12, Colton Otto 2-2, Justin Howell 2-1 ... Passing: Jackson Illies 13-20-119-3, Colton Otto 3-6-42-1 ... Receiving: Jake Bothun 4-54, Keante Johnson 6-50, Marcus Thames 4-44, Zach Wieweck 1-8, Zak Neubarth 1-5 ... Punting: Daryl Thomas 3-46 ... Interceptions: none ... Fumble recoveries: Daryl Thomas 1, Josh Boyda 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Ivory Slaughter 3-3, Daryl Thomas 10-3, Jonathan Cross 7-2, Brandon Krona 7-1, Jonathan Carter 7-1, Andy Rauen 4-2, Brennan Hagert 5-5, Kristopher Belfrey 4-2 ... QB sacks: Rob Diane 1

Mesabi Range

Team statistics

First downs: 15 ... Rushing: 40-184 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 14-34-144-1 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 11-100

Individual statistics

Rushing: Avery Walker 23-89, Jameson Labady 1-5, Antonio Wyche 8-51, Ocie Salter 4-(-8), Jamerrill McGilvery 1-44, Sean Bailey 1-1, Steven Mitchell 2-2 ... Passing: Antonio Wyche 13-33-119-0, Mario McCollough 1-1-25-0 ... Receiving: Chazten Byrd 1-6, Willie Farley 4-69, Justin Redding 2-2, Sean Bailey 3-34, Avery Walker 1-4, Kirk David 1-5, Allen Washington 2-24

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