Hulne: Superlarks will have to wait before they play in the Prep Bowl

Published 7:59 pm Monday, November 18, 2013

It’s going to be a long two weeks in Grand Meadow.

The Superlarks earned their way back into the Prep Bowl with a convincing 21-7 win over Kittson County Central Friday.

Now they have to wait until next Friday before they play Underwood in the state title game at the Metrodome at 10 a.m.

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While it may not be ideal, GM is using the week to do some things teams normally don’t get to do during the season. First and foremost, the team took Monday off and it will take Friday off to rest up its players who were banged up during Friday’s physical win in the semifinals.

The team will use Tuesday and Wednesday to sharpen up on its fundamentals and Thursday will be spent watching film.

“You can practice too much and it can get stale,” GM head coach Gary Sloan said. “A lot of times late in the year, your practices get shorter and you don’t get a chance to work on technique. We’re going to get in full pads and review that stuff.”

One concern coaches could have is that a week off could hurt a team’s momentum, but I don’t see that happening with the Larks.

Just minutes after GM lost to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 40-22 in the state title game last season, GM’s Landon Jacobson, who is now a junior, was talking about next season started and he was saying about how he was going to get back in the weight room as soon as possible.

Jacobson has already waited 11 months and two weeks, so what’s an extra week of waiting going to cost him and his teammates?

The wait is also equal on both teams and Sloan isn’t about to say it hurts his squad.

“It’s something that’s out of your control, so there’s no sense getting worked up about it.”

The Larks will take it relatively easy this week, but next week they’ll begin their morning and afternoon practices and they’ll crack down on preparing for the Underwood game.

Of course the coaches aren’t getting much rest this week as they go through game film and try to come up with a game-plan, but that comes with the territory.

As the Larks and their fans sit and wait this week, they just have to remember that waiting is better than what a lot of football players are doing right now —which is practicing for winter sports.