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Pine City Ends Regular Season with Win over Rival

The Dragons hosted the Mora Mustangs last night for the regular season finale.

Mora started the game with the ball on offense. They moved the ball well into the Dragons side of the field. But were set back by a couple of plays that went backwards, and would line up to punt on 4th down. Mora QB Avery Nelson would instead take the snap and try and run for the first, but Pine City made the stop and would take over on offense. As the Dragons drove into Mora territory they faced two fourth down plays, One at the Mora 13 and one at the Mora 3. Pine City would convert both and score on the 3 yard carry from Jacob Lindahl. Unable to convert the 2 Pine City lead 6-0 in the 1st quarter. The next couple of drives for both teams saw them get onto the other side of the 50 but neither team could make anything of it. At the halfway point of the 2nd quarter, Mora found themselves inside Dragons territory once again. And this time they would capitalize on a 36 yard rushing touchdown from Tayven Peterson to tie the game at 6. On Pine City's next drive they would push onto the Mustangs side of the field. On 4th and 4 at the Mora 28, Ryan Plasek would be taken down behind the line by Nolan McGaw and Mora would have one more chance to score before half. Unfortunately the Mustangs didn't have enough time to work the ball downfield and they'd go to half tied at 6.

The Dragons started the 2nd half with the ball. Pine City would be held to a three and out in large part to an untimely false start penalty. After the punt it took two plays for Mora to find the endzone. Conner Gmahl ran it in from 65 yards out after breaking a couple tackles and gave Mora the lead 12-6. Pine City's next drive started on their own 23 yard line. They were able to drive down to the Mustangs 24, where Lindahl would score his second touchdown of the game and tie it at 12. Jimmy Lindblom would score the 2 point conversion and give his team a 14-12 lead late in the 3rd. Mora's first possession in the 4th quarter started deep on their own side of the 50. With the ball of the 27 McGaw took the handoff but was hit and had the ball knocked free. Brody Clark picked up the loose ball and took it all the way back for the score to put the Dragons up 20-12. Pine City would line up to go for two. Lindblom found Kameron Jusczak in the corner of the endzone for the 2 point conversion. This would be big because it put the Dragons up by two scores 22-12. Mora was unable to find the endzone again and the Dragons would run out the rest of the clock and claim victory.

Pine City ends the regular season at .500 with a 4-4 record. They will host the Foley Falcons next Tuesday for the first round of the playoffs.

Mora ends the season at 1-5 and will travel to Spectrum next Tuesday.

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