It was homecoming for the Mabel-Canton school district last week, and the Cougars celebrated with their third-straight homecoming victory on the nine-man gridiron. M-C (3-4, 3-3 SEC) defeated Glenville-Emmons (1-5, 1-4 SEC) by a score of 35-14 on a calm, chilly Friday-night.

After jumping out to a 14-0 lead with solid scoring drives of 74 (16 plays) and 63 yards (6 plays), the Cougars shut the door on the visitors with solid defense. Just when Wolverine hopes for a comeback were high during a 62-yard, 9-play drive to halve the lead, the home team made a goal-line stand on their own one yard line, taking over on downs.

Following that letdown for G-E, M-C needed only five plays to go 99 yards with Noah Manning racing the final 47 yards for the third score of the game. Another promising M-C march (41 yards in 5 plays) was stopped by the halftime clock.

For the junior running back, the night was just warming up. On the first play of the second half, Manning ran 62 yards to make it 28-0. He later went 30 yards for the Cougars' final score, also in the third period. That possession was set up by a Manning interception/return of 30 yards.

All-in-all, M-C blockers sprang Manning for a career-high 211 yards on 15 carries and Hunter Johnson for 182 yards on 31 handoffs. Versatile Johnson kicked all five extra points and scored the first two touchdowns on 4 and 5-yard runs.

The Cougars squandered two second-half possessions with fumbles at midfield and the G-E 19 yard-line. The Wolverines answered late. Although outgained overall 438-322, they went 75 and 63 yards for two fourth quarter scores.

Derek Olson rushed 32 times for 211 yards including TD runs of 4 and 57 yards, the latter coming on the final play of the game. Since there were only 11 Wolverines in uniform, it was G-E regulars versus Cougar reserves at the end.

Wolverine QB Devin Nelson completed 9 of 26 passes for 106 yards, and was sacked once by Donnie Lind and intercepted once by Manning.

The Cougars stayed mostly on the ground for 395 of their 438 total yards. Collin O'Bieglo completed 4 of 6 passes for 43 yards. Lind caught three for 36 yards along with a 7-yard reception by Chris Nordsving.

Pairings for the Section One playoffs, decided by computer, will be announced midweek following the final regular season games on Oct. 17. On that date, the Cougars host Spring Grove. The tournament begins on Tuesday, Oct. 23, hosted by the high seeds with 7 p.m. kickoffs.

Southeast Conference 2012

FOOTBALL conf. season


Spring Grove* 6 - 0 7 - 0

Grand Meadow 5 - 1 6 - 1

Houston 4 - 2 4 - 3

Lanesboro 3 - 3 4 - 3

Mabel-Canton 3 - 3 3 - 4

LeRoy-Ostrander 1 - 5 2 - 5

Glenville-Emmons 1 - 5 1 - 6

Lyle/Pacelli 1 - 5 1 - 6

* defending champion