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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Ridgewater College linebackers, from left, Tarrell McDuffie (St. Paul Highland Park), Jordan Meine (Springfield), Darious Campbell (St. Paul Central) and Mickey McGuire (Wake Forest, N.C.) are ace tacklers on a Warriors' defense that has allowed 31 points in four games. But the road gets rougher starting Saturday when the Warriors play host to Minnesota West, Worthington, also 4-0, at 6 p.m. at Willmar's Hodapp Field.

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Mickey McGuire played in the football hotbed of Wake Forest, N.C. The high schools are huge (his graduating class was around 600) and the hated rivals, both public and private programs, are just a few miles away. Major universities are within an hour's drive feeding the football fever on Saturdays.


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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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