Aitkin at Crosby-Ironton
Owen Miller was a valued asset in all 3 phases for the Aitkin Gobblers 30-6 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers Friday night in the Battle for the Stump.
Aitkin established their gameplan with controlling the line of scrimmage and rattled off a 7:30 drive on the opening series of the game that was capped off by Miller’s 2 yard rushing touchdown. Leading 8-0 after the first quarter, the Gobblers extended their lead with Miller adding a 7 yard rushing touchdown. Crosby-Ironton started to gain momentum nearing the end of the first half, before Owen Miller intercepted the Rangers’ Landon Erickson. That turnover was converted into a score, as quarterback Caiden Kjelstrom connected with Jake Ince from 34 yards out and 22-0 lead at halftime.
Crosby-Ironton came out the locker room, knowing they had to score and came out with a 5 yard touchdown pass from Erickson to Dietrich Winegarner to trim the deficit at 22-6. Aitkin capped off the scoring on the evening with 2:20 left in the 4th off Austin Price’s 5 yard run.
Aitkin is 2-0 with a road match-up against Mora next week. Crosby-Ironton is 1-1 as they hit the road to face Moose Lake/Willow River.
Aitkin Stats – (330 total yards; 15 first downs; 8 penalties)
Passing – 62yd – Caiden Kjelstrom 3-4, 62yd, TD
Receiving – 62yd – Jake Ince 1rec, 34yd, TD; Joey Simonson 1rec, 12yd; Hunter Nissen 1rec, 16yd
Rushing – 268yd – Owen Miller 19rush, 118yd, 2 TD; Austin Price 20rush, 105yd, TD; Jack Grell 2rush, 6yd; Hunter Nissen 2rush, 48yd; Jake Ince 1rush, 7yd; Caiden Kjelstrom 2rush, -10yd
Defense: Sacks – Landon Janzen; INT – Owen Miller
Crosby-Ironton Stats – (181 total yards; 8 first downs; 3 penalties)
Passing – 61yd – Landon Erickson 8-13, 61yd, TD, INT
Receiving – 61yd – Dietrich Winegarner 3rec, 32yd, TD; Kale Dugan 2rec, 15yd; Gabe Turner 1rec, 11yd; Cam Durant 1rec, 3yd
Rushing – 120yd – 16rush, 90yd; Gabe Kramer 4rush, 23yd; Landon Erickson 4rush, 7yd
Defense: Sacks – Gabe Kramer; FR – Jake Klancher