Area football roundup: Knights can’t stop Nicollet; Grand Meadow tops Wolverines

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 21, 2003

ALDEN &045;The Alden-Conger Knights lost their homecoming game 46-22 to Nicollet Friday night.

The Raiders scored the first 33 points and showed why they are ranked fourth in state nine-man football.

A-C could not get its offense in gear and trailed 27-0 at halftime.

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The loss dropped the Knights’ record to 1-3. They play this Friday at Glenville-Emmons.

Grand Meadow 14, Glenville 6

GRAND MEADOW &045; The schedule didn’t get any easier for Glenville-Emmons, but the Wolverines did not make it easy for yet another top 10-ranked foe.

The Wolverines were nipped 14-6 at unbeaten and No. 10 rated Grand Meadow Friday night, dropping their record to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the Southern Confederacy Conference. The other losses were to Hills-Beaver Creek and LeRoy-Ostrander, at the time rated among the top 10 nine-man football teams in the state by the Associated Press.

Like their other losses &045; also both by one touchdown &045; the Wolverines kept it close with defense.

&uot;We played hard defensively,&uot; said co-head coach Andrew Baumgartner. &uot;The Grand Meadow coach said it was the hardest he’s seen a Glenville team hit in a long time. We played a good game. We just didn’t find away to win.&uot;

They also lost a key player when freshman Jarrad Knutson broke his ankle in two places. He’s out for the season.

But the defense stepped it up, led by Kris Knutson with 11 solo tackles and 12 assists and Derek Lau with 10 solos and seven assists. Wade Flattum had a sack.

Kris Knutson also led the offense with 89 yards rushing on 16 carries. Tony Walk gained 67 on 14 attempts. Quarterback Mike Yocom was 5-for-15 for 32 yards and no interceptions.

After a scoreless first quarter, the SuperLarks took a 6-0 halftime lead on a 3-yard touchdown run.

The Wolverines tied it on their opening drive of the second half, capped by a 1-yard run from Yocom. The PAT kick was blocked.

Zach Benson ran 57 yards on a quarterback keeper for the game-winning score later in the third quarter. The Larks added a two-point conversion.

The Wolverines’ ensuing drives were stopped.

&uot;We had quite a few chances,&uot; said Baumgartner. &uot;Like in every game, we had a chance again to take it down at the end and drive for a tying touchdown, but we just kind of stalled out.&uot;

The Wolverines host Alden-Conger for homecoming this Friday.

Blooming Prairie 26, USC 9

BLOOMING PRAIRIE &045; The United South Central Rebels shut down the Blooming Prairie Blossoms in the second half.

By then it was too late.

Blooming Prairie scored on four first-half touchdown passes and handed the Rebels their football first loss of the season 26-9 Friday.

The difference was turnovers. The Rebels had four, the Blossoms none. A fumble on USC’s second play set up Blooming Prairie’s first score and set the tone for the first half, which ended 26-7. USC punted only once all night.

&uot;We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot &045; turnovers and penalties,&uot; said Rebels coach Brent Schimek. &uot;It was a team that played very well against a team that played pretty sloppy.&uot;

The Rebels were outgained 344-232, with the Blossoms throwing for 196.

Callan Pitcher scored the Rebels’ touchdown and led the team with 80 yards rushing on 21 carries. Brandon Haugh was 7-for-18 passing for 51 yards and two interceptions. Jon Voigt caught three passes for 39 yards.

Kenny Sandt led the defense with eight tackles. Andy Schrader had five tackles and a sack.

The Rebels, 3-1, travel to Waterville this week.