While in the grasp of a Wolverine defender, Kody Olerud stretches across the goal line for Homecoming touchdown.
While in the grasp of a Wolverine defender, Kody Olerud stretches across the goal line for Homecoming touchdown.
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Spring Grove celebrated Homecoming by defeating Glenville-Emmons last Friday. It was the second week in a row that the Lions played in a Homecoming game and the second straight 63-point total for SG, which defeated Lyle/Pacelli 63-6 during the Athletics' Homecoming week.

On the first play from scrimmage, QB Keenan Siminski found Alex Engelhardt behind the Wolverine secondary with a 60-yard TD toss. Siminski only threw 6 passes but completed 5 for 145 yards and a career-high 3 touchdowns.

State-ranked No. 7 SG (5-0, 4-0 SEC) went on to score on its first 8 possessions, putting up 42 points in the first quarter and leading 55-0 at the half. That all occurred before the Lion offense faced a third down.

The Lions' fifth play from scrimmage featured a 27-yard Siminski scoring pass to Dustin Vickerman, his fifth TD reception in as many games.

The third TD toss was a 26-yard screen pass to running back Caleb Happel (6 carries, 69 yards) who also had TD runs of 45 and 7 yards.

Harrison Speltz carried only once, bolting 17 yards before diving into the end zone. Freshman Damon Cody (4 carries, 75 yards) scored his first varsity TD with a 65-yard trip tight-roping down the sideline.

Matt Schleich (3-53 yards) raced 29 yards to the end zone and also kicked 7 of 8 extra points. Kody Olerud scored his first varsity TD with a 5-yard run that made it 63-0 after Gabe Solum (7-40 yards) ran in the extra points late in the third quarter.

The Lions enjoyed great field position while the winless Wolverines (0-5, 0-4 SEC) didn't post a first down until their sixth possession, and with short punts and 4 turnovers, could rarely get the ball out of their end of the field.

SG reserves began to play early in the second quarter and were on the field throughout the second half. G-E, however, had few reserves with only 15 players in uniform. Last week's leading Wolverine ball carrier, 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior Marshal Hall, was out this week with an injury.

G-E's Justice Haines led all rushers with 119 yards on 17 carries. Senior quarterback Christian Voss completed 8 of 26 passes for 47 yards including a 19-yard TD toss to 6-3 freshman tight end Derek Van Ryswyk. Voss (16 carries, 62 yards) ran in the two-point conversion.

Voss was sacked by Happel early in the game and was on the run most of the night. He was intercepted 4 times including two picks in the second half by freshman Dylan Kampschroer. He and Cody, the other freshmen cornerback, both executed diving shoe-top interceptions.

Vickerman was the only player to catch long passes thrown by either team's quarterbacks.

SG scored quickly and ran only 45 plays to the visitors' 67. But the Lions averaged 9.7 yards per play while limiting G-E to 3.5.

A fourth-quarter fumble was the only Lion turnover.

Jayme Lenning and Mikal Guberud each had 8 tackles for SG while Jack Benson had 7. Solum broke up 3 passes.

G-E is not playing a B-team schedule this year, but the Lions (3-0) won a B-team rematch with Lanesboro last week 26-6.

After a 38-20 win at Lansing Kee, the undefeated SG/M-C/NW junior high boys (6-0) won 51-0 at Glenville-Emmons. The seventh graders also defeated Class AA Dover-Eyota 22-12.

Up Next: SG hosts Leroy-Ostrander on October 4. The following Friday, Oct. 11, the Lions travel to state-ranked No. 3 Grand Meadow.

Lion Individuals

RUSHING (39-290): Damon Cody 4-75, TD; Caleb Happel 6-69, 2 TD; Matt Schleich 30-53, TD; Gabe Solum 7-40, PAT; Kody Olerud 8-23, TD; Harrison Speltz 1-85, TD; Dylan Kampschroer 4-11; Jayme Lenning 4-9; team 2- (-7).

PASSING: Keenan Siminski 5-6-0, 145 yds. 3 TD.

RECEIVING: Alex Engelhardt 1-60, TD; Dustin Vickerman 2-47, TD; Caleb Happel 1-26, TD; Brady Schuttemeier 1-12.

TACKLES: total (solo+assists). Jayme Lenning 8 (3+5), Mikal Guberud 8 (1+7), Jack Benson 7 (3+4), Caleb Happel 6 (3+3), Brady Schuttemeier 6 (2+4), Chase Grinde 6 (1+5), Harrison Speltz 5 (4+1), Jordan Jaster 5 (3+2), Gabe Solum 5 (2+3), Dylan Kampschroer 5 (1+4), Dustin Vickerman 3 (2+1), Devon Nerstad 3 (1+2), Matt Mendez 2 (0+2), Alex Engelhardt 2 (0+2), Kohl Vickerman 1 (1+0), Luke Dotseth 1 (1+0), Kody Olerud 1 (0+1), Nick Holty 1 (0+1), Colin Matzke 1 (0+1), Tanner Sanness 1 (0+1), Matt Schleich 1 (0+1)

SACKS: Caleb Happel 1.0

TACKLES for LOSS: Caleb Happel 1.5; Harrison Speltz 1.0; Gabe Solum 1.0; Alex Engelhardt 0.5

INTERCEPTIONS: Dylan Kampschroer 2-13 yds.; Damon Cody 1; Dustin Vickerman 1

PASS BREAKUPS: Gabe Solum 3, Jack Benson 1. Damon Cody 1

FUMBLE RECOVERIES: none

KICK-OFF RETURNS: Dustin Vickerman 2-18

PUNT RETURNS: none

SCORING: Caleb Happel 18, Matt Schleich 13, Kody Olerud 6, Dustin Vickerman 6, Alex Engelhardt 6, Damon Cody 6, Harrison Speltz 6, Gabe Solum 2

PUNTING: Matt Schleich 1-33 (33.0 avg.); Jordan Jaster 2-65 (32.5 avg.)

Wolverine individuals

RUSHING 41-186: Justice Haines 17-119; Christian Voss 16-62; Luke Garner 3-8; Carter Dahlum 2-11; Seth Chapek 2-(-14); Team 1-(0)

PASSING: Christian Voss 8-26-4, 47 yds, TD

RECEIVING: Derek VanRyswyk 4-26, TD; Seth Chapek 1-10; Gavin Allison 1-8; Justice Hainews 1-2; Carter Dahlum 1-1

KICK-OFF RETURNS: Christian Voss 4-60; Seth Chapek 1-16l Luke Garner 1-11

PUNT RETURNS: Christian Voss 2-4

SCORING: VanRyswyk 6, Voss 2

PUNTING: Gavin Allison 6-105 (17.5 avg.)

SEC standings

Grand Meadow 4-0 SEC (5-0 season)

Spring Grove 4-0 (5-0)

Lanesboro 3-1 (4-1)

Mabel-Canton 2-2 (2-3)

LeRoy-Ostrander 1-3 (2-3)

Houston 1-3 (1-4)

Lyle/Pacelli 1-3 (1-4)

Glenville-Emmons 0-4 (0-5)



LAST WEEK

Grand Meadow 50, Houston 19

Spring Grove 63, Glenville-Emmons 8

Lanesboro 83, Lyle/Pacelli 16

Mabel-Canton 47, LeRoy-Ostrander 22

THIS WEEK - Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

Grand Meadow at Lanesboro

Lyle/Pacelli at Mabel-Canton

Glenville-Emmons at Houston

LeRoy-Ostrander at Spring Grove

Associated Press state poll (after 4 games)

Rank (previous week) team

1 (1) Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 4-0

2 (3) Kittson County Central 4-0

3 (2) Grand Meadow 4-0

4 (5) Mountain Lake Area 4-0

5 (7) Edgerton/Ellsworth 4-0

6 (8) Ada-Borup 4-0

7 (9) Spring Grove 4-0

8 (NR) Niicollot 4-0

9 (NR) Ely 4-0

10 (4) Gooodridge/Grygla 3-1