The Grand Meadow Superlarks, under the tutelage of new Head Coach Josh Bain played host to Lanesboro in a District 9 Southeast matchup to open the 2022 season for both squads, and in a game postponed to Saturday because of lightning in the area Friday evening, the Burros pulled away with 16 3rd quarter points to win 30-20.
Running back Corbin Ludemann, who carried the ball 21 times for 106 yards and a touchdown gave the Larks a 6-0 lead with a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but the Burros picked up a rushing touchdown from quarterback Mason Howard to tie the game at 6 at the half. Burros running back Orion Sass, who carried the ball 24 times for 193 yards and two touchdowns for the game was a one-man wrecking crew in the third quarter as his two touchdown runs of 40 and 14 yards, plus a 2-point conversion run and an extra point from Sass put Lanesboro up 21-6 at the end of three quarters on their way to the win.
Quarterback Cael Gilbert, who carried the ball eight times for the Superlarks for 36 yards scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter, and Corbin Ludemann ran a kickoff back 68 yards for a touchdown to account for the other Grand Meadow scoring in the game.
Grand Meadow will be back in action next Friday night at Heron Lake/Okabena/Fulda, with kickoff at 7:00 p.m.
In another game that was halted at halftime on Friday evening due to lightning, the Southland Rebels played host to defending Class 9-man champion LeRoy/Ostrander in Adams, and in a District 9 Southeast game completed Saturday afternoon, a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Peyton Roe in the third quarter pushed the Cardinals past the Rebels 14-12.
The Rebels led 12-7 at the half as quarterback Noah Bauer fired a pair of touchdown passes, one to junior tight end Jack Bruggeman and another to Riley Jax, while Cardinals quarterback Camden Hungerholt, who was pressed into service after starter Layne Bird suffered a serious leg injury early in the 1st quarter hit wide receiver Carter Sweeny with an 86-yard touchdown pass to account for LeRoy/Ostrander’s 1st half scoring.
The 1-0 Cardinals will play host to Mabel/Canton in their home opener Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., while the Rebels will travel to Lanesboro for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff Friday night.
The Lyle/Pacelli Athletics were on the road for their 2022 season opener in Mabel versus the Mabel/Canton Cougars in a District 9 Southeast tilt, and it was the Cougars pulling away with 16 fourth quarter points to win 40-22.
The Athletics will play their home opener against Spring Grove Friday night in Lyle at 7:00 p.m. The Lions were a Week 1 winner over Houston 60-30.
The Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms, runners-up in Section 2AA last season were home versus the Hayfield Vikings in a Mid-Southeast District game to open the season for both squads, and quarterback Brady Kittleson, taking over this season for brother Drew, who is now playing for MSU-Mankato was 7 for 17 passing for 128 yards and three touchdowns, plus he carried the ball seven times for 110 yards and another touchdown to lead the Blossoms past the Vikings 46-22.
Running back Cole Wangen added another rushing touchdown for Blooming Prairie, who will look to move to 2-0 at Lester Prairie Friday night at 7:00 p.m.