DULUTH - The Crosby-Ironton Rangers forced five turnovers and returned one interception for a score in a 47-22 non-conference victory over the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers Friday.
Mitch Gutzman returned a fourth quarter pick 30 yards for a score. Mark Hoge and Justin Edmundson had the other two interceptions. Andrew Chamberlin and Gutzman secured fumble recoveries.
Matthew Hudrlik rushed for 179 and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Derik Midthun threw for 110 yards and two touchdown passes to Hoge on 5-of-8 passing as the Rangers opened their second straight season with a win over Marshall.
"It was a good start," said Ranger head coach Mike Gindorff. "It was a sluggish second quarter, but we had a great second half."
Nathan Hudrlik and Tyler Heinlin scored rushing touchdowns and Heinlin was 4-of-5 on extra-point kicks.
Crosby-Ironton 14 0 7 26 - 47
Duluth Marshall 0 8 0 14 - 22
CI-Matthew Hudrlik 69 run (Tyler Heinlin kick)
CI-Mark Hoge 19 pass from Derik Midthun (Heinlin kick)
DM-Ike Serre 2 run (Phil Lunde pass from Josh Serre)
CI-Nathan Hudrlik 4 run (Heinlin kick)
CI-M. Hudrlik 25 run (Heinlin kick)
CI-Mitch Gutzman 30 interception return (Heinlin kick)
DM-England McDaniels 8 run (McDaniels pass from Serre)
CI-Hoge 35 pass from Midthun (kick failed)
CI-Heinlin 25 run (run failed)
DM-Kristian Knuths blocked punt return (pass failed)
Rushes-yards: CI 30-307, DM 42-198
Pass comp-att-int-yards: CI 5-8-1-110, DM 4-19-3-55
Total offense: CI 38-417; DM 61-253
Rushing: CI-Matthew Hudrlik 10-179, Reed Olander 3-4, Derik Midthun 5-21, Nathan Hudrlik 5-56, Tyler Heinlin 6-41, Logan Patrick 1-7
Passing: CI-Derik Midthun 5-8-110
Receiving: CI-Olander 1-4, Gutzman 1-12, Hoge 2-54, Justin Edmundson 1-40
Overall: CI 1-0. Next game: Crosby-Ironton hosts Deer River 7 p.m. Friday.
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