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Ellsworth linebacker Evan Klawitter wraps up a teammate during position drills Friday morning at Ellsworth High School. Klawitter and the rest of the team is looking to replicate last season’s success, where the Panthers finished 11-1, clinching the Middle Border Conference championship and a deep postseason run. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Football: Panthers hope winning is the new norm

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ELLSWORTH – After last year, the Ellsworth Panthers know how to win. 

Relying on a big-play running attack led by All-Area Player of the Year Dennis Schutz (1,165 rushing yards, 21 total touchdowns) and a tenacious defense that held opponents to 9.5 points per game, Ellsworth went undefeated in the regular season, won the Middle Border Conference for the first time since 1999 and got to Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs in an 11-1 campaign.


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Joe Brown
Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.
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