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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A football team’s ground game is only as strong and crisp as its offensive line’s legs, and that was beginning to be a concern for Elk River. The hogs delivered another stout performance as the Elks (5-0) rumbled to a 58-45 win over explosive Champlin Park (2-3) on Friday [...]

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  The only pass Zimmerman completed all night was a pivotal play as the Thunder prevailed in a defensive battle 16-8 over the Little Falls Flyers on Friday night. Taylor McEachern’s leaping catch of a Matt Dorso pass for a 22-yard touchdown with 7:20 left in the third quarter was the first score of the [...]

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A punt return for a touchdown helped the Rogers Royals take control early as they went on to defeat Cambridge-Isanti 42-6 on Friday evening in Cambridge. Gunnar Bloom field a punt on his 46 and rambled 54 yards to the end zone, opening up a 14-0 lead. Bloom, who has 15 touchdowns in five games, [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Elk River football team that will try stay unbeaten against Champlin Park at home Friday evening is leading the nation’s high schools in rushing, according to statistics kept by Max Preps. The Elks are averaging 527 yards per game on the ground after victories over Coon Rapids 47-0, Andover [...]

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Andrew Smith, junior from Rogers on the St. Scholastica (Duluth) football team, was named UMAC special teams player of the week . Smith averaged 23.3 yards on four punt returns, including a 59-yard touchdown, in a 48-14 win over Crown last Saturday. St. Scholastica, defending conference champion, has a 3-0 record. One of Smith’s teammates [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor   Nolan Dwyer stays on the field for virtually the whole game for the unbeaten Elk River football team. One of four co-captains, he plays safety and tight end, long-snaps for place kicks, returns kickoffs, and blocks on punt returns. “Nolan does everything for us,” said coach Steve Hamilton. “He [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Park Center Pirates for many years have been the ideal homecoming opponent, a pushover for strong teams, and a good bet for the lone win of the season for struggling teams. But that’s not the case this year, and it will be a duel of two 3-0 teams when [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor First question for coach Steve Hamilton after the Elk River Elks rumbled past Centennial 39-14 for their third lopsided win Friday night: Who IS your punter, anyway? Like the Maytag repairman in those old commercials, the Elk punter’s services never seem to be needed, and you worry that, like [...]

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