Larks, Lions to battle for state tourney berth
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 5:51 AM
No. 1 seed Spring Grove (8-1) will meet No. 3 seed Grand Meadow (9-1) in the Section One 9-Man football championship game for a third straight season. SG won 28-0 in 2011, and GM took last year's title game 25-6 after falling to SG during the regular season. The Superlarks finished as the 2012 state runners-up.
Caleb Happel barrels through Houston defenders on the way to a career-high 263 yards and another career-best 5 touchdowns in section semi-final blowout.
GM handed the Lions their only loss of the 2013 season (12-7), the fewest points scored by both teams. GM and SG shared the conference crown with Lanesboro, but no one can share the section title. GM defeated the Burros 35-6 in the last week's other section semi-final.
SG slipped a spot to No. 9 in the Associated Press state 9-Man poll this week with GM and Lanesboro receiving votes but not enough to make the top 10.
The game will be played on artificial turf at the Rochester Regional Sports Stadium on the campus of Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC). As the first game of a championship double header, the 9-man kickoff will be at 5:30 pm. this Friday, Nov. 1. The winner will qualify for the state tournament with a quarterfinal game slated for Saturday, Nov. 9 with a noon kickoff at Southwest Minnesota State at Marshall.
Section One 9-Man Football 2013 QUARTERFINALS
#1 Spring Grove by forfeit over #8 Glenville-Emmons
#5 Houston 27, #4 Mabel-Canton 18
#3 Grand Meadow 47, #6 LeRoy-Ostrander 14
#2 Lanesboro 60, #7 Lyle/Pacelli 34
Spring Grove 56, Houston 6
Grand Meadow 35, Lanesboro 6
FINALS Nov. 1 at RCTC 5:30 p.m.
(#1) Spring Grove vs. (#3) Grand Meadow