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Football: WCA-Ashby earns a road win over Crookston

WCA-Ashby outscores Crookston 38-6 in the second and third quarters combined to earn an 11-point victory on Friday. The Knights begin the month of October with a 4-1 record.

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WCA-Ashby's Cole Anderson makes a contested catch in the end zone for a touchdown to put WCA-Ashby up 21-7 at halftime against the Pillager Huskies on Sept. 16, 2022. Anderson finished with three receiving touchdowns in WCA-Ashby's 38-27 win over Crookston on Sept. 30, 2022.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press
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CROOKSTON - By controlling the second and third quarters of its road game against Crookston on Friday, The West Central Area-Ashby football team earned a 38-27 win and improved to 4-1 (4-1 District - Midwest (White)).

WCA-Ashby outscored Crookston (2-3, 1-3 District - Midwest (White)) 38-6 in the second and third quarters combined to earn its second road victory this season (the first came at Pillager on Sept. 16).

Nasir Dotts, who finished with 79 rushing yards on four rushes, got the scoring started for the Knights with a 25-yard touchdown rush which gave the Knights an 8-7 lead in the second quarter (the Knights made the two-point conversion attempt, Brady Lindquist 2-yard pass to Cole Anderson).

Lindquist then threw his first of three passing touchdowns in the second quarter to put the Knights up 14-7 after a missed extra point. Cole Anderson was on the receiving end of the touchdown.

Senior Anthony Sykora led the Knights rushing attack with 164 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Knights up 20-7 going into halftime.

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The Knights scored three touchdowns, all through the air, in the third quarter to go up 38-7. Lindquist first threw a touchdown pass to Jake Norby (8 yards), then Sykora threw a touchdown pass to Anderson (10 yards) and Lindquist connected with Anderson (4 yards) for the Knights’ final points of the game.

Crookston ended the game by scoring 20 unanswered points (six in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth).

The Knights gained 316 yards on offense, 247 of which came on the ground.

Anderson led the Knights receivers with five catches for 60 yards and three touchdown receptions.

Lindquist completed eight passes for 59 yards in the win.

WCA-Ashby forced four Crookston turnovers in the win (three interceptions and one fumble).

The Knights begin the month of October with back-to-back home games in Barrett, first with a matchup against Breckenridge (3-2, Class A) at 6 p.m. on Oct. 7.

WCA-Ashby beat Breckenridge, 42-27, in Breckenridge in 2021. WCA-Ashby is currently on a four-game winning streak.

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WCA-Ashby - 0 20 18 0 - 38

Crookston - 7 0 6 14 - 27

WCA-ASHBY TEAM STATS -
TOTAL OFFENSE - 316 yards (69 passing, 247 rushing)
FIRST DOWNS - 16
THIRD DOWNS - 0/4
FOURTH DOWNS - 2/4
TURNOVERS - 1
PENALTIES - 3-25 YARDS

WCA-ASHBY INDIVIDUAL STATS -
PASSING - Brady Lindquist, 8/14 59 yards, TD, two-point conversion; Anthony Sykora, 1/2, 10 passing yards, TD
RUSHING - Anthony Sykora, 16 rushes, 164 yards, TD; Nasir Dotts, 4 rushes, 79 yards, TD; Brady Lindquist, 4 rushes, 2 yards; Jake Norby, 1 rush, 2 yards
RECEIVING - Cole Anderson, 5 catches, 60 yards, 3 TD; two-point conversion; Jake Norby, 1 reception, 8 yards, TD; Ben Bye, 1 catch, 1 yard; Anthony Sykora, 2 catches, 0 yards
DEFENSE - (stats not yet available)

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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