Mosinee beat Merrill on the road 33-16Submitted: 10/09/2015
MERRILL - In Great Northern Conference action, Mosinee trekked up Highway 51 to play second place Merrill, and it was the Indians with the early lead over the Blue Jays.

They're on the march here in the second quarter.

Landon Stepan takes the snap and gets flushed from the pocket.

Blue Jays all around him but he lets it fly.

He's got Jared Novitzke flying down the sideline.

He'll punch it in to extend Mosinee's lead.

Indians get the ball back before the half.

Less than two minutes on the game clock, but the drive took about 10-15 minutes in real time.

Indians dinking and dunking down the field, and they cap it off with this.

A second and a half left.

Bryce Graveen is double covered.

He might get away with a little push, but the adjustment nets him the touchdown.

Mosinee goes on to take the 33-16 win.

Story By: Dan Marz

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