Brutal battle ends in tough loss for Tigers

Senior Jonathan Mielke rushed for 137 yards and scored two touchdowns in last Friday’s home game against Moose Lake-Willow River. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

The Rush City football team fought a brutal battle, ending in a 61-20 loss, in the bitter cold against No. 2 ranked Moose Lake-Willow River on Friday.
Senior Johnathan Mielke rushed for 137 yards with two touchdowns for the home team. Junior Danny Myers scored his first varsity touchdown and ran in a two point conversion.
“Ryan Lind continues to improve his play on both sides of the line of scrimmage,” said coach Paul Kirby. “He is working his tail off in practice, and the results have shown on the field. Congratulations to Danny Myers for finding the end zone for his first varsity score. Danny is a ‘yes coach’ kind of player and has earned his playing time through hard work and great effort.
“It was great to see Johnathan Mielke return to the form that we all have come to expect from him. He had an outstanding game and once again, proves that he is a quality football player.
“This was a tough, physical game against a deep and talented team that has perennial post season experience. I would have liked to see Rush City execute better fundamentally. However, this just wasn’t our night. I know that we have the ability to play better than that. With more football games to come, we need to quickly refocus and look toward our next opponent, Two Harbors. And then hopefully continue to improve into the playoffs,” Kirby noted.

The Rush City football team has a 1-4 Great Polar Blue Alliance Conference record and 2-4 overall record. The Tigers will travel to Two Harbors to face the winless Agates at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

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