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Area football teams fall in first round of playoffs

The football season came to an end for Park Rapids, Nevis and United North Central Tuesday night. Park Rapids opened play in the Section 8AAA playoffs with a 13-7 loss at Pequot Lakes. Justin Peterson gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with a 1-yard TD...

The football season came to an end for Park Rapids, Nevis and United North Central Tuesday night.

Park Rapids opened play in the Section 8AAA playoffs with a 13-7 loss at Pequot Lakes. Justin Peterson gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter before Pequot Lakes scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half to advance.

Evan Massmann rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns in leading Win-E-Mac to a 29-7 win over Nevis in the quarterfinals of the Section 6 9-man playoffs. Matt Beach scored the Tigers' lone touchdown on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.

United North Central fell behind 56-6 at the half in a 56-20 loss at Pelican Rapids in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs. Alex Brockpahler returned a kickoff 97 yards and caught a 55-yard TD pass from Brady Yrjo to lead the Warriors. Josh Kinnunen intercepted a pass and returned it 2 yards for UNC's other score. Pelican Rapids, which is rated No. 9 in the latest state Class AA poll, improved to 9-0 on the season.

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