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Wildfire open 9-man playoffs with win

RAY — Mott-Regent-New England opened the 9-man football playoffs on Saturday with a 38-32 victory at Ray-Powers Lake.

The Wildfire improved to 6-3 overall this year with the win, and they move on to face North Prairie next Saturday in Rolette.

Wildfire senior Josh Wallace played a role in all five of his team's touchdowns against Ray-Powers Lake — he ran for three, threw for one more and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Ray-Powers Lake led 9-8 after the first quarter following a Terek Enget touchdown and a field goal sandwiched around a 37-yard score from Wallace.

Wallace scored on runs of 6 and 36 yards in the second quarter, passing to Tanner Zentner for the conversion each time to open a 24-9 advantage.

Ray-Powers Lake answered with a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Brock Viall and a 16-yard pass from Noah Fredrickson to Aiden Nordloef.

In the third quarter, following a field goal from the home team, Wallace returned the kickoff 55 yards for another touchdown.

In the fourth, Wallace found junior receiver Clinton Perkins for a 21-yard touchdown. Fredrickson added a 1-yard scoring pass to Kyle VanBerkom later in the fourth, but the Wildfire held on for the win.

Perkins finished with three catches for 127 yards. Wallace was 5-for-6 passing for 157 yards, and he also carried 29 times for 179 yards on the ground. Hunter Crist added 61 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Mott-Regent-New England 38, Ray-Powers Lake 32

MRNE 8 16 6 8 — 38

RPL 9 12 3 8 — 32

First quarter

RPL — Terek Enget 7 rush (kick no good)

MRNE — Josh Wallace 37 rush (Wallace run)

RPL — 37 field goal

Second quarter

MRNE — Wallace 6 rush (Wallace pass to Tanner Zentner)

MRNE — Wallace 36 rush (Wallace pass to Zentner)

RPL — Brock Viall 1 rush (kick no good)

RPL — Aiden Nordloef 16 pass from Noah Fredrickson (conversion no good)

Third quarter

RPL — 15 field goal

MRNE — Wallace 55 kickoff return (conversion no good)

Fourth quarter

MRNE — Clinton Perkins 21 pass from Wallace (conversion good)

RPL — Kyle VanBerkom 1 pass from Fredrickson (Enget run)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: MRNE, Josh Wallace 29-179 3 TD, Hunter Crist 11-61. RPL, Terek Enget 27-95 1 TD, Noah Fredrickson 4-29, Brock Viall 5-11 1 TD.

PASSING: MRNE, Wallace 5-6 157 yards, 1 TD. RPL, Fredrickson 16-23 238 yards, 2 TD.

RECEIVING: MRNE, Clinton Perkins 3-127 1 TD, Zentner 1-15, Crist 1-15. RPL, Kyle VanBerkom 6-80, Enget 2-26,

Parker Cotton

Cotton is the sports editor at The Press, where he covers the area's high schools. He came to The Press as the Multimedia Editor in May 2015 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with his master's degree in Sociological Practice. He holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Sociology from UNC, as well. 

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