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Park Rapids' Chris Goplerud, Kody Walsh and Ben Baumgartner (16) tackled Staples-Motley's Mike Beach during Tuesday night's Section 8AAA playoff game. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)

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Statistics can often be misleading.

Take the first half of the Section 8AAA quarterfinal football game between Park Rapids and Staples-Motley, for instance.


Staples-Motley's offense controlled the ball for 22 of the first 24 minutes and the Cardinals' defense limited Park Rapids to only eight plays from scrimmage and no first downs.

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