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Willmar's Nate Johnson (98) attempts to pry the ball from Marshall's Beau Bofferding as Jake Damhof, left, Gabe Amon (behind Bofferding) and Andrew Chermak join in Saturday in the second quarter at Mattke Field in Marshall. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar can't stop Marshall rush to final

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MARSHALL -- Run, and then run some more.

That's all Marshall did to erase Willmar from the Section 2AAAA playoffs late Saturday evening at Mattke Field.

The No. 2-seeded Tigers (9-1) bolted to a 21-0 lead and then snuffed a comeback by the No. 3 seed to claim a 27-18 win in the semifinals.

The Tiger offense displayed speed and power to roll up 321 yards, every inch on the ground.

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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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