Mabel Canton 21, Grand Meadow 50
Thursday, September 27, 2012 8:06 AM
Hitting the road on Sept. 21, the Mabel-Canton Cougars took the lead versus the Superlarks, but were undone by a series of four turnovers and some hard-charging Grand Meadow running backs in a 50-21 loss Friday.
The unbeaten Superlarks went three-and-out on their first possession, but perked up after M-C scored on an eight-play, 41-yard drive. They then scored on their next seven possessions, out-pacing the Cougars for a 50-21 decision.
"In the first half there were times when we were doing a pretty good job offensively," M-C coach Karl Urbaniak said later. "But we had problems tackling their runners."
After three Grand Meadow replies to the first TD, M-C drove 56 yards in 11 plays to get within three points at 18-15. Then down 26-15, Cougars drove 51 yards in 15 plays down to GM 14 before being intercepted on last play of first half.
The second half was all 'Larks. M-C managed only one first down until putting together a late 8-play, 69-yard TD drive for the final score of the game.
Hunter Johnson rushed a career-high 31 times for 176 yards. The junior running back scored all three M-C touchdowns with runs of one, two and four yards. He also kicked an extra point and logged 227 all-purpose yards with 51 yards in kick returns.
Collin O'Bieglo completed 6 of 14 passes for 75 yards. Justin Ward caught four passes for 62 yards. Chris Nordsving had two receptions for 13 yards including two-point conversion pass.
Ward was back from the injured list as was Mason Henry, but M-C was without the services of Donnie Lind.
GM option quarterback Trenton Bleifus had 294 yards of total offense with 163 yards rushing and 131 yards passing. The 6-foot junior only threw 10 passes but completed six with no interceptions. Bleifus scored on 6- and 69-yard runs and completed 3- and 26-yard touchdown passes to 6-foot, 6-inch all-conference end Bryce Benson.
Sophomore Landon Jacobson also surpassed the century rushing mark with 102 yards on 10 carries including three touchdown runs of 36, 8 and 36 yards plus a two-point conversion run.
M-C lost two fumbles, at their own 34-yard-line and at the GM 46. Two Cougar passes were picked off after M-C reached the GM 32 and 14 yard-lines. The Cougars also ran out of downs at the GM 31. M-C had only four plays that went for 20 or more yards while GM had twice as many.
GM had 482 yards of total offense to 316 for M-C. The Cougars snapped the ball 70 times to 53 for GM, but the 'Larks averaged twice as many yards per play (9.1) as did M-C (4.5).
Mabel-Canton faces LeRoy-Ostrander at home this Friday.