Superlarks lose 40-22 in state championship

Published 10:44am Friday, November 23, 2012

The Grand Meadow Superlarks came within a game of a state title.

But undefeated Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley proved too much, accumulating 393 yards on the ground to dominate the Superlarks 40-22 in the 9-man football state championship at the Metrodome Friday.

CGB junior quarterback Damon Gibson capped a seven-play, 84-yard drive with a 39-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to extend his team’s lead to 26-0. Grand Meadow answered that drive with its first score of the game, a 61-yard screen pass from junior quarterback Trenton Bleifus to sophomore running back Landon Jacobson. CGB’s Jason Montonye quickly negated any Grand Meadow momentum, however, by returning the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a score, his third touchdown of the game.

Bleifus completed 18 of 28 passes for 217 yards, three TDs and no interceptions, but was sacked six times. Jacobson led GM in rushing and receiving, carrying the ball eight times for 31 yards and snagging seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Mike Ojulu had four grabs for 44 yards and two TDs.

The Superlarks finished with 47 yards rushing, and punted on five of their first six possessions.

CGB’s Austin Maanum rushed 20 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while Montonye carried 13 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

The Superlarks (12-2 overall) played without their senior linebacker/running back Perry Stejskal, who tore his ACL and MCL in the first half of the state semifinal.

CGB (13-0 overall) had outscored its opponents 47.7 to 8.4 per game going into the game.

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