No. 1 Grand Meadow football team will host No. 2 Randolph Friday

Published 8:39 pm Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The top ranked Grand Meadow football team has already proven itself against two of the top four teams in the Southeast Conference, now it must take on the third.

The Superlarks will host No. 2 ranked Randolph this Friday at 7 p.m. in a showdown that could have big impacts on the conference champion and section seeding.

“We’re pretty fired up about it,” GM head coach Gary Sloan said. “We haven’t talked a whole lot about the number one versus two thing, it’s more about the implications it has on the conference and the section standings.”

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The Superlarks (5-0 overall, 5-0 SEC) have had just one real test this season and that was in a 20-18 win over Spring Grove. The Rockets (5-0 overall, 5-0 overall) are likely to provide another test as they are outscoring their opponents by an average of 54-15.6 points per game.

GM has had to keep its starters in all four quarters in just one game this season and it is outscoring its opponents 52.2-11.2 per game.

Sloan said Randolph uses a passing attack that tries to spread out the field.

“We’re excited to have a competitive game,” he said. “They remind me a lot of Mountain Lake from last year. They have a wide open offense and they’ve got a good quarterback that can throw and run. They present a lot of problems and they have a lot of different formations on offense.”

GM’s defense handled Mountain Lake’s offense well last season and it also held its own against what has become a pass-heavy Spring Grove team.

Sloan said GM’s depth allows him to move players around in spots where they can be more effective against different types of offenses.

“We feel like a lot of our guys are interchangeable and able to play multiple positions,” Sloan said. “We have the flexibility to move people around and [a spread offense] doesn’t scare us quite as much as some other teams.”