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Tigers look to rebound against Cloquet

In its first game under new head coach Peter Lawton, the Northwestern football team played evenly against Highway 2 rival Ashland, before the Oredockers were able to open up a 13-point lead in the third quarter on their way to a 21-14 victory.

In its first game under new head coach Peter Lawton, the Northwestern football team played evenly against Highway 2 rival Ashland, before the Oredockers were able to open up a 13-point lead in the third quarter on their way to a 21-14 victory.

From that loss the Tigers take a number of positives into Friday's game against Cloquet at Gordon L. Nelson Field in Maple.

Northwestern's rushing attack was led by junior PJ Freeman's 67 yards on 13 attempts. Freeman also found the end zone for the Tigers in the second quarter on a 26-yard run.

Tiger senior Wes Ronchi also ran for 22 yards on six attempts and Justin Kaiser amassed 15 yards on six carries. Both left the Ashland game with injuries and their status for Friday were unknown this morning.

Northwestern quarterback Nate Thoreson only had one completion in six attempts, but it was a big throw as he connected with Jordan Dunphy for a 69-yard touchdown in the third quarter to bring Tigers within seven points.

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The Oredockers had more luck on offense, claiming 209 yards of rushing with 34 yards through the air. The Tigers managed 173 yards of total offense.

Ashland also held an edge with 14 first downs compared to five for the Tigers, and with 57 total plays versus 44 for Northwestern.

The Tigers (0-1) also did themselves a disfavor with five penalties for 45 yards.

Friday's game at 7 p.m. can be heard locally on WNXR 107.3 FM or viewed online at www.ifan.tv .

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