Wolverines lose heartbreaker 25-22

Published 1:59 am Friday, September 2, 2011

Glenville-Emmons' Perry Kirsch drags down Grand Meadow's Landon Jacobson during the first quarter Thursday night in Grand Meadow. -- Eric Johnson

GRAND MEADOW — Whatever the Superlarks had left in their gas tank, they probably left it on the football field Thursday night.

Grand Meadow survived a hot, humid night with a 28-25 win over Glenville-Emmons in their season opener.

Bain, who had 200 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns, cramped up after the final score and fell to the ground.

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“That was a personal mistake,” Bain said. “I know I didn’t prepare my body correctly for this game and I knew it was going to be hot. This game came to no one man’s success, it was the whole team. We have a lot of new bodies and our line is smaller, but we’re quick and we’ve got heart. We’ve got nine guys out there that are going to play one hundred percent every play.”

Grand Meadow converted two fourth downs on its final drive as freshman Landon Jacobson broke a tackle and ran for four yards on a fourth and three to the Wolverines’ 12-yard line and quarterback Trenton Bleifus drew Glenville-Emmons offsides on a fourth and five from the Wolverines’ 24-yard line.

The Superlarks (1-0, 1-0 Southeast) jumped to an 18-8 lead in the third quarter when Bain followed his blockers for a 45-yard scoring run down the right sideline and he busted through the middle while breaking a few tackles on a 65-yard score.

The Wolverines’ Perry Kirsch ran the ensuing kickoff back 85 yards to set up a 10-yard run by quarterback Wyatt Madson to make it 18-14 with 5:22 left in the third. The Wolverines took the lead in the fourth after Derek Olson ran for five yards on a fourth and three and then scored on a two-yard plunge.

Bleifus, who ran for 65 yards, scored GM’s only TD in the first half on a six yard run. He also scrambled for 25 yards on third and three on GM’s game winning drive, but he knows his team could’ve played better.

“We’ve got to work harder in practice and get in shape,” he said.

Grand Meadow 25, Glenville-Emmons 22

GE 8 0 6 8 — 22

GM 0 6 12 7 — 25

First quarter

(GE) Perry Kirsch 1 run (Kirsch pass from Madson) (14 plays, 61 yards) 3:32

Second quarter

(GM) Trenton Blieifus 6 run (run failed) (5 plays, 37 yards) 8:00

Third quarter

(GM) Richard Bain 45 run (run failed) (1 play, 45 yards) 10:44

(GM) Bain 65 run (pass failed) (run failed) (6 plays, 89 yards) 5:42

(GE) Wyatt Madson 10 run (run failed) (1 plays, 10 yard) 5:22

Fourth quarter

(GE) Derek Olson (Kirsch run) (11 plays, 59 yards) 11:28

(GM) Bain 6 run (Nate Morrow kick) (13 plays, 69 yards) 1:11

Grand Meadow stats

Rushing: Richard Bain, 19-for-163, 3 TD; Trenton Bleifus, 15-for-66, TD; Landon Jacobson, 8-for-23; Dezmon Johnson, 1-for-3; Andrew Bell, 1-for-3; Cole Harston, 1-for-1

Passing: Bleifus, 3-for-10, 38

Receiving: Bain, 2-for-37; Jacobson, 2-for-6

Interceptions: Harston (1)

Sacks: Brock Johnson (1)

Penalties: 4-for-60

Glenville-Emmons stats

Rushing: Derek Olson, 18-for-81, TD; Perry Kirsch, 5-for-23, TD; Wyatt Madson, 4-for-5, TD; Tyler Belshan, 1-for-4

Passing: Madson, 10-for-17, 83, INT

Receiving: Olson, 3-for-34; Kirsch, 3-for-21; Andrew Everson, 2-for-18; Alex Golbuff, 1-for-5; Belshan, 1-for-5