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Minneapolis Lumberjacks score with two seconds left

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

The Rochester Giants semi-professional football team suffered their second heartbreaking defeat in the last three weeks Saturday.

The Giants fell 27-26 to the Minneapolis Lumberjackers at Rochester Community and Technical College. The Lumberjacks, according to Giants player-coach Donny Holcomb, are considered to have been the best semi-pro football team in Minnesota and Wisconsin the previous two years.

The Giants, now 2-2 overall, looked like they had them beat late in the game. With just two seconds left in regulation, however, the Lumberjacks completed a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down. They followed that by successfully passing for a two-point conversion, giving them a one-point win.

The Giants have now dropped two games by a total of four points. Both losses came in the final minute of the game.

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The Giants fell despite intercepting four Lumberjacks passes, including two by Eric Owen and one that went for a touchdown by Joe Gieke.

The Giants bounced back from a 19-8 fourth-quarter deficit to take a 26-19 lead late in the game.

The Giants travel to take on the powerful Racine (Wis.) Raiders next Saturday.

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