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Football: New York Mills' three unanswered touchdowns enough to knock off Wadena-Deer Creek

The New York Mills football team overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Wadena-Deer Creek 19-14 on Friday at Wadena-Deer Creek High School.

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New York Mills' Jonah Ruther drags a tackler in the Eagles 19-14 win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Sept 16, 2022 at WDC High School.
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WADENA – Through one quarter, it looked as if the Wadena-Deer Creek football team would repeat its success against New York Mills from a year ago.

The Eagles (3-0) scored three unanswered touchdowns in the final three quarters to knock off the Wolverines (2-1) at WDC High School.

Brayden Ehnert cut into the 14-0 deficit with a 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He also kicked the extra point to pull within seven of the lead.

Late in the third quarter, Teagan Lausten broke free for a 54-yard touchdown run. However, a missed extra point kept the Wolverines ahead 14-13.

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Wadena-Deer Creek's Evan Lunde gets tackled in the Wolverines' 19-14 loss against win New York Mills on Sept 16, 2022 at WDC High School.
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New York Mills took the lead on Ehnert's second touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter. Despite missing the two-point conversion, the New York Mills defense held the Wolverines scoreless over the final 7:51 of the game to stay unbeaten.

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WDC took its two-score lead with its passing game. Josiah Kallevig found MJ Lunde for a five-yard touchdown connection just under three minutes into the game. He then found Lunde again for a 60-yard touchdown pass with 1:56 left in the first quarter. Cole Woods made both extra-point attempts.

Kallevig completed 16-of-25 passes for 204 yards. MJ Lunde caught five of those passes for 87 yards, while Tyson Barthel caught four passes for 69 yards.

Evan Lunde led the way on the ground. He carried the ball nine times for 18 yards.

Jonah Ruther led the Eagles in rushing. He carried the ball 12 times for 82 yards. Ehnert had 71 yards on 16 carries, while Monte Briard had 44 yards on 15 rushes.

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New York Mills' Jonah Ruther is tackled in the Eagles 19-14 win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Sept 16, 2022 at WDC High School.
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New York Mills had 303 yards of total offense, with 251 yards coming on the ground. WDC totaled 247 yards. The Eagles held the Wolverines to just 43 rushing yards and a 2-for-9 conversion percentage on third down. WDC was also 2-for-7 on fourth down.

New York Mills will host Pine River-Backus next Friday, while WDC hits the road for Red Lake on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. start.

NEW YORK MILLS 0 7 6 6 – 19

WADENA-DEER CREEK 14 0 0 0 – 14

SCORING- FIRST QUARTER- WDC- Josiah Kallevig 5-yard TD pass to MJ Lunde, Cole Woods PAT good, 7-0, 9:23; WDC- Kallevig 60-yard TD pass to M. Lunde, Woods PAT good, 14-0, 1:56

SECOND QUARTER- NYM- Brayden Ehnert 10-yard TD run, Ehnert PAT good, 14-7, 8:06

THIRD QUARTER- NYM- Teagan Lausten 54-yard TD run, PAT no good, 14-13

FOURTH QUARTER- NYM- Ehnert 35-yard TD pass to Dashaun Robinson, two point conversion no good, 19-14, 7:51

TEAM TOTALS- WDC- 247 yards total offense, 204 passing yards, 43 rushing yards, 3 penalties for 40 yards, 2 turnovers, 10 first downs, 2-9 third down, 2-7 fourth down ; NYM- 303 total yards, 52 passings yards, 251 rushing yards, 3 penalties for 55 yards, 2 turnovers, 19 first downs, 5-11 third down, 3-5 fourth down

WDC OFFENSE- PASSING- Kallevig 16-25, 204 yards, 2 TD; RUSHING- Evan Lunde 9 carries, 18 yards; Kallevig 8 carries, 15 yards; Teshe Loer 1 carry, 8 yards; Dylan Wirth 1 carry, 2 yards; RECEIVING- M. Lunde 5 catches, 87 yards, 2 TDs, Tyson Barthel 4 catches, 69 yards, Loer 3 catches, 29 yards, 4 catches, 19 yards

WDC DEFENSE- M. Lunde 8.5 tackles, Simon Kreklau 7.5 tackles, Koby Endres 6 tackles, Evan Lunde 5.5 tackles, Aiden Sutherland 5 tackles, Kaden Peterson 3 tackles 3 tackles, Grant Seelhammer 2.5 tackles, Cole Woods 2 tackles, Brett Reinke 2 tackles, Mason Brauch 1 tackle, Noah Johnson 1 tackle, Isaac Hamann 1 tackle, Eric Benson 1 tackle

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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