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Johnson's five TD's too much for Eagles

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MURDOCK -- Jonah Johnson rushed for 234 yards and scored five touchdowns for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg as the Fighting Saints defeated New York Mills 47-20 Friday in a Prairie South matchup.

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Johnson scored touchdowns on a five-yard run and a 40-yard interception return and Brendan Hjelle scored on a nine-yard run for the Fighting Saints (2-0, 2-2) in the first half.

The Eagles (0-2, 0-4) trailed 26-20 in the fourth quarter with 10 minutes to go, pulling to within 20-14 when Noah Pesola hauled in a five-yard pass from Charlie Peeters.

"The team played hard and it is frustrating to suffer another defeat but we beat ourselves with missed opportunities and turnovers," NY Mills Head Coach Matt Radniecki said.

KMS exploded for 27 points in the fourth quarter when Johnson scored three more touchdowns totaling 119 yards.

Jacob Zvorak added another touchdown when he picked off a Peeters pass and returned it 25 yards to the end zone.

KMS scored two defensive touchdowns in the game and had two runs over 75 and 46 yards for two other scores.

"We can't give up those big plays and expect to win."

Peeters is emerging as a leader on the Eagles' team accounting for a portion of all NY Mills' scores in the game.

He scored on a one-yard touchdown run, the TD pass to Pesola and a 33-yard TD pass to Taylor Ericksrud.

The Eagles return home this Friday, Sept. 30 to face West Central Area (0-2, 1-3) for Homecoming.

KMS 47, NY Mills 20

NY Mills (0-2, 0-4) 7 0 7 6 -- 20

KMS (2-0, 2-2) 7 13 0 27 -- 47

KMS - Jonah Johnson 5 run (Sebastian Cramer kick)

NYM - Charlie Peeters 1 run (Brandon Cupfer kick)

KMS - Brendan Hjelle 9 run (Cramer kick)

KMS - Johnson 40 interception return (kick failed)

NYM - Noah Pesola 5 from Peeters (Cupfer kick)

KMS - Johnson 3 run (kick failed)

NYM - Taylor Ericksrud 39 pass from Peeters (kick failed)

KMS - Johnson 75 run (Cramer kick)

KMS - Johnson 41 run (Cramer kick)

KMS - Jacob Zvorak 25 interception return (Cramer kick)

New York Mills

Team statistics

First downs: 13 ... Rushing: 38-109 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 7-26-157-3 ... Fumbles lost: none ... Penalties: 5-28

Individual statistics

Rushing: Charlie Peeters 11-15, Tyler Patron 14-44, Shane Novak 7-22 ... Passing: Peeters 7-24-157-3, Dan Kraft 0-2-0-0 ... Receiving: Ericksrud 2-55, Cupfer 1-69, Novak 1-16 ... Punting: Peeters 3-21 ... Interceptions: Novak 1 ... Fumble recoveries: none ...

KMS

Team statistics

First downs: 10 ... Rushing: 35-283 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 2-5-14-1 ... Fumbles lost: none ... Penalties: 3-20

Individual statistics

Rushing: Jonah Johnson 25-234, Brendan Hjelle 9-45, Kyle Baker 1-4 ... Passing: Baker 2-5-14-1 ... Receiving: Jessie Engler 1-7, Adam Doraska 1-7 ... Punting: Engler 3-40 ... Interceptions: Doraska 1, Johnson 1, Zvorak 1 ... Fumble recoveries: 0 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Cody Peters 2-2, Engler 3-1, Hjelle 5-3, Johnson 4-2, Travis Lamecker 2-2, Mitch Tollefson 1-5, Blake Hagen 3-0, Chase Norton 1-3, Tyler Dunn 3-2, Jesse Wilke 2-3, Austin Rothers 2-2, Aaren Glesne 3-5, Sebastian Cramer 1-0 ... QB sacks: Hagen 1, Isaac Froehlich 1

The West Central Tribune in Willmar contributed to this story. The West Central Tribune is owned by Forum Communications.

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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