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Breckenridge falls to MLWR

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Nate Zuk had not played in the fourth quarter this season until Friday. Breckenridge wishes Moose Lake-Willow River would've sat their senior standout in the second quarter. Zuk's rushed for 154 of his 225 yards in the second s...

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Nate Zuk had not played in the fourth quarter this season until Friday.

Breckenridge wishes Moose Lake-Willow River would've sat their senior standout in the second quarter.

Zuk's rushed for 154 of his 225 yards in the second stanza, as the Rebels ran over, around and through the Breckenridge defense for a 46-0 Class 2A quarterfinal win at Husky Stadium.

Zuk's video-game like second quarter came on just five carries.

"I don't think I've done that too often," Zuk said. "But we came in knowing that it would start with those seven guys up front, and they did their job."

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The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Zuk finished with three touchdowns, adding another in the fourth quarter.

The Rebels (12-0) finished with 437 yards on the ground in the game, and 336 of those came in the first half. Austin Jacobson added another 143 yards and two TDs.

"We thought it was going to be their size against our speed, but they also had the speed to boot," Breckenridge coach Chad Fredricksen said. "We knew what they were going to do up front, and they just dominated the line of scrimmage.

"That's the name of the game."

While Zuk was running all over the place, the MLWR defense wasn't letting Breckenridge go anywhere.

The Cowboys (8-4) managed just 75 yards of offense in the first half, and never crossed the 50.

When they finally did in the third quarter, they took a false start penalty and threw and interception on the next snap.

"We couldn't get anything going in the pass or the run," Fredricksen said. "We were averaging around 300 yards of offense per game, and I don't know if we had 100 today.

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"That's the best team we've seen."

For the game, Breckenridge finished with 129 yards of offense. The Rebels held the dangerous Cowboys passing game in check, holding them to 50 passing yards.

Jordan Blaufuss could never get into a rhythm, completing just 3 of 15 passes for 24 yards with two interceptions.

The Rebels got started early, getting a 57-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game from Jacobson.

"That's what we needed to take a breath and to know we could play our game," Zuk said. "That's what got us started."

MLWR 13 20 0 13-46

Breckenridge 0 0 0 0-0

MLWR-Jacobson 57 run (Zuk kick)

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MLWR-Anderson 32 pass from Bohaty (kick failed)

MLWR-Zuk 56 run (pass failed)

MLWR-Thomas 16 run (Zuk kick)

MLWR-Zuk 14 run (Cisar kick)

MLWR-Zuk 6 run (kick failed)

MLWR-Jacobson 39 run (Cisar kick)

RUSHING: MLWR, Zuk 20-225, Jacobson 16-143, Bohaty 5-38, Thomas 4-29. B, Erlandson 17-35, Blaufuss 6-15, Jacklitch 5-14, Halstengaard 4-13, Johnson 1-2.

PASSING: MLWR, Bohaty 3-5-0 65 yards. B, Blaufuss 3-15-2 24, Jacklitch 1-2-0 15, Busse 1-2-1 11.

RECEIVING: MLWR, Anderson 1-32, Jacobson 1-31, Zuk 1-2. B, Jacklitch 2-23, Blaufuss 1-15, Hillestad 1-11, Summerville 1-1.

Readers can reach Forum sports writer Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548.

Collins' blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com

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