Lions roar past G-E, 42-14
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 5:36 AM
Heading west on Sept. 28, Spring Grove put a damper on the Glennville-Emmons' Homecoming, defeating the Wolverines 42-14. The still-undefeated Lions (5-0, 4.0 SEC) came in ranked No. 3 in the most recent 9-man football poll.
Caleb Happel leaves #20 Andrew Everson behind on 38-yard excursion in Lion win at Glenville-Emmons Friday night.
Spring Grove averaged 7.6 yards per play, and put the first 35 points on the board. The Lion offensive starters were stopped only once on fourth down at the Wolverine 16, in what could have been a key play with Spring Grove leading only 7-0 at the time.
It wasn't, as the Lions wound up scoring on six of their first seven possessions, placing the game out of reach before their reserves finally punted in the final seconds of the game.
The Lions rushed for 293 yards. For a third time in five games, they had two backs each gain over 100 yards.
Caleb Happel rushed for 130 yards including a 2-yard TD run. Josh Olerud gained 125 yards and scored on four TD runs of 2, 31, 11 and 5 yards along with a pair of two-point conversion runs. Olerud's fifth TD came on a 48-yard pass from Blaine Storlie.
Senior Storlie completed 7 of 9 passes for 133 yards. Alex Engelhardt had 74 receiving yards, making him the first Lion in 22 games to catch four passes in a single game.
Matthew Schleich and Brady Schuttemeier had single receptions. Tanguy de Monval was good on 2 of 4 extra-point kicks.
Blocking up front were Engelhardt, Brandon Schuttemeier, Harrison Speltz, Nick Holty and Tanner Sanness.
The Lion defense limited the Wolverines to no more than one first down per possession until G-E sustained a 67-yard, 14-play drive in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Devin Nelson capped that drive, scoring from the eight.
After Spring Grove answered with a 14-play, 80-yard TD march, further scoring ended with the Wolverines' 61-yard touchdown pass from Christian Voss to Andrew Everson.
For the Wolverines, Derek Olson was the leading rusher, carrying the ball 15 times for 55 yards. In total, G-E (1-4, 1-3 SEC) had only 91 yards rushing on the night.
Although they outgained Spring Grove 167 to 133 through the air, Spring Grove led in overall yardage 426 to 258.
Happel led Lion tackling with 16 stops including 4.5 tackles for a loss (1.5 sacks). Olerud (1.0 sack) was in on 11 tackles with Brandon Schuttemeier (0.5 sack) credited with 11. Storlie and Schleich each had 7 tackles while Keenan Siminski had 6 stops.
"Glenville-Emmons played a tough physical game," Lions coach Zach Hauser said. "On offense our line did a nice job of opening up some holes for our backs as well as giving Blaine time to throw. Defensively, the game plan was to shut down Olson. I thought our front six did a great job attacking the run and holding him to 55 yards."
For trivia fans, it was the first time in eight years (77 Spring Grove varsity games) in which neither team had a turnover. It was also the first time in four years that a Lion (Olerud) scored five touchdowns in one game.
G-E has no B-team this year. SG/MC won the junior high game 28-12 before defeating Central of Elkader (Iowa) 38-13.
Southeast Conference 2012
FOOTBALL W L W L
Spring Grove* 4 - 0 5 - 0
Grand Meadow 4 - 0 5 - 0
Lanesboro 2 - 2 3 - 2
Houston 2 - 2 2 - 3
LeRoy-Ostrander 1 - 3 2 - 3
Glenville-Emmons 1 - 3 1 - 4
Mabel-Canton 1 - 3 1 - 4
Lyle/Pacelli 1 - 3 1 - 4
* defending champion