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River Ridge 21, Land O’ Lakes 14

— Coming into the game against Land O’ Lakes, the River Ridge coaching staff knew two things.

The Knights would have to run the ball to keep the high-powered Gator offense off the field, and would have to get a pass rush to slow the Land O’ Lakes aerial attack led by quarterback James Pensyl.

Consider both missions accomplished as the hard-nosed running of Chris Schwartz (27 carries, 186 yards) and the defensive play of Dillon O’Toole (three sacks) propelled the Knights to a victory.

The Knights jumped out to leads of 14-0 and 21-6, but Land O’ Lakes battled back behind the Oregon State-bound Pensyl, who threw for 210 yards and a touchdown.

Pensyl led the Gators on a 60-yard drive with under two minutes to go.

Facing a fourth down at the Knight 20-yard line with 33 seconds left, Pensyl found Ethan Wellant in the corner of the end zone for the potentially game-tying touchdown. But the Gators were penalized, because Wellant stepped out of bounds before the catch.

Pensyl’s subsequent fourth-down pass was incomplete, and the Knights ran out the clock.

Land O’ Lakes 0 0 6 8 — 14

River Ridge 7 7 0 7 — 21

RR - Mathieson 1 run (Grimes kick)

RR - Shubert 18 run (Grimes kick)

LOL - Wellant 1 run (kick failed)

RR - Mathieson 1 run (Grimes kick)

LOL - Scroggins 31 pass from Pensyl (Pensyl pass)

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