B-team boys subdue Superlarks, 36-6


Hunter Holland follows block from Noah Blackburn. The freshman running back finished with 130 yards on 17 carries, including a 55-yard ramble that put the Lions on top for good and three-yard run that put the game away late in the third quarter. He also ran in a pair of two-point conversions. Photo b y S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

The Spring Grove B-team defense held visiting Grand Meadow to only 57 rushing yards and 57 yards of total offense in a 36-6 rout on the last day of September. While being sacked twice, Grand Meadow attempted only three passes, and only one was caught. It was not completed, however; it was intercepted by Elijah Solum and returned 53 yards for a touchdown and 6-0 Lion lead.

While throwing passes, Solum also had an interception, but he also completed 10 of 16 for 146 yards, two touchdowns plus an extra-points completion to Payton Leahy. Reid Bjerke had three catches for 104 yards, including a 68-yard home run reception that closed scoring in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile Hunter Holland roamed for 130 yards on 17 carries, including a 55-yard ramble that put the Lions on top for good (12-6) and three-yard run that put the game away late in the third quarter (28-6). He also ran in a pair of two-point conversions.

The game turned with Spring Grove breaking a 6-6 tie with two touchdowns in the last three and half minutes of the first half. The first of three long drives was an 80-yarder, capped by Holland's 55-yard scoring sprint. On the ensuing kickoff, Bjerke fell on a Superlark fumble at the GM 27. One Lark penalty and four plays later, Solum hit tight end Ty Cleven with a fourth-down, 13-yard TD toss for a 20-6 halftime lead.

After Solum stopped a Superlark fourth-down run, the Lions  - on their first possession of the second half - launched a nine-play, 72-yard drive with Holland covering the last three yards for a 28-6 lead.

After Solum's interception touchdown, Ethan Kassel returned the kickoff 65 yards to the Lion 23 yard-line. It took seven plays before Dekota Steinkamp plunged one yard to tie the score at 6-6.

But that would be the last success for the Superlarks. They were not able to take advantage of a later 38-yard kickoff return. The Lions held on downs and went 70 yards in three plays with Solum connecting with Bjerke on the deep 68-yard scoring aerial.

GM had nine plays go for negative yardage and managed only five first downs all game. A 12-yard run was the biggest play from scrimmage allowed by the Spring Grove stop troops. 
Leahy had 11 tackles, including a forced fumble. Holland had nine stops, all solo, while Solum was credited with seven tackles, including a quarterback sack. Michael Blackburn had the other sack. 

Each team punted twice with Leahy averaging 34 yards per punt.

Spring Grove improved to 3-0 with one game remaining.