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PREP FOOTBALL: Prowlers beat the Green Wave 28-21

East Grand Forks Senior High was a few feet away from its potential first win of the football season. The problem was Thief River Falls stood in the way of the Green Wave.

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East Grand Forks Senior High was a few feet away from its potential first win of the football season. The problem was Thief River Falls stood in the way of the Green Wave.

The Prowlers' goal-line stand late in the game kept Senior High out of the end zone and the win column. Senior High, facing a first-and-goal from the 2-yard line, couldn't score and the Prowlers left Senior High Field on Friday night with a 28-21 win.

"It was a very frustrating ending,'' Senior High coach Scott Oliver said. "The kids want to run the ball. I felt confident we could get it in. And if we scored, we were going for the 2-point conversion.''

Senior High drove 78 yards to the 2. Brock Scheving gained one yard on first-and-goal. But the Wave couldn't get the final yard on three tries up the middle, turning the ball over on downs to TRF with 1:06 left.

"That was clutch by our defense,'' said TRF coach Aric Attig, whose team improved to 3-1. "We talked about letting (Senior High) get in so we could get our offense on the field sooner. But when we only gave up a yard on first down, we decided to go for the stand.

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"It was nice to see the kids make the stand. We got good push up front on the line.''

Senior High had managed just one touchdown in its first three games. But the Green Wave led 21-14 at halftime on scoring runs by Luke Beito (15 yards), Trevor Selk (3 yards) and Scheving (16 yards).

"We executed very well,'' Oliver said. "We made more plays tonight than we did total in the previous three games. It was a gritty effort for four quarters. We just came up a yard short at the end.''

Thief River Falls (3-1) rode its strong running game led by Ian Lund with some big-yardage completions from quarterback Zeb Nelson (6-of-14 for 117 yards).

Lund had 3- and 5-yard touchdown runs in the first half. After an Alex Finseth 5-yard scoring run with 40 seconds left in the third quarter pulled TRF within 21-20, Lund scored the go-ahead TD on a 1-yard run with 6:24 left for the 28-21 lead.

Lund carried eight times for 46 yards on the game-winning 74-yard drive. The senior finished with 28 carries for 153 yards as the Prowlers stuck with him despite two first-quarter fumbles.

"All year, Ian's been our rock,'' Attig said. "You can't go away from a kid who's been there all year. He's not flashy. He comes right at you, a power runner.''

Senior High was paced by Selk (9-of-15 for 105 yards) and Beito (42 yards rushing).

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