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Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Ellis Hirman takes off for a 40-yard gain during Friday's 41-14 loss to Pine Island. Hirman also caught a touchdown pass in the defeat. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

Football: Pine Island controls the line in win over Z-M

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In this era of spread offenses, the line of scrimmage can get lost among quick-hitting passes to the flat and long bombs down the field. But those few yards on either side of the ball are where games are still won or lost.


“I knew it was going to be that whoever controlled the line of scrimmage was going to win the game tonight, and Pine Island did that,” said Z-M head coach Willie Rauen. “They came to play and kind of took it to us.”

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Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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