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Ridgewater vs. Mesabi Range preview

MESABI OVERVIEW: The Norsemen piled up 396 yards in a 33-12 victory over Fergus Falls last Saturday. Avery Walker rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns in 16 carries. Quarterback Howard Anthony passed for 127 yards and a touchdown. The defense gave up 182 rushing but allowed the Spartans less than 50 yards in the air. Every indication is that Mesabi is more potent than the Itasca team that Ridgewater met in last week's opener.

RIDGEWATER OVERVIEW: The Warriors will be looking for their first points at Virginia after falling 7-0 to the Vikings at the Kick-off Classic in St. Cloud. After a lifeless first half, Ridgewater started moving on the ground, but failed to finish off drives. The Warriors ended up with 195 yards of total offense. "Our run blocking was poor in the first half, though the pass protection was good," said head coach Rob Baumgarn. "The defense played well overall, especially the linebackers (Brennen Hagert, Jon Cross and Rob Diane). We're so raw and so young. I hope we got the jitters out and show some emotion this week. We better be ready to play. Mesabi is a good football team."

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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