Ranger hearts break in overtime

Senior defensive end Max Carlson, one of the Forest Lake football captains, wraps up Mahtomedi running back Brandon Anderson. Quarterback Connor Hale scrambles in the rain.
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Senior defensive end Max Carlson, one of the Forest Lake football captains, wraps up Mahtomedi running back Brandon Anderson.

Photos by Rachel Brisbois

The Rangers were the unlucky side in a 19-16 overtime contest against Mahtomedi Oct. 6.

After a scoreless first quarter, Anderson put Mahtomedi up 7-0 with a two-yard run in the second quarter before the Rangers answered with a 20-yard scoring pass from quarterback Connor Hale to receiver Chris Snider.

The Rangers took the lead after the halftime interval when running back Sam Jackomino capped a Ranger drive with a one-yard score, but missed the extra point. The Zephyrs likewise failed to tack on after a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Logan Moore recovered a Zephyr fumble late in the game to set up a 42-yard field goal attempt, but Snider’s kick fell short as time expired.

Snider was on target with a shorter kick on the Rangers’ overtime possession.

Tasked with defending a 16-13 lead, the Rangers held the Zephyrs to two incomplete passes before Anderson ran to the one-yard line on third down. The Zephyrs decided the game would end on their fourth down play, and the gamble suceeded when little-used runner Erik Bjork broke through the line for the winning score.

The Rangers will travel to Hopkins on Friday. Both teams are 1-5, the Royals having edged St. Thomas Academy last week to claim their first win of the year.