It was a battle between the last eight section-champions in Section 1 9-man, and it proved to be a tough battle right out of the gate.

The defenses were brilliant to start things out, and from there the Superlarks were able to execute on the ground to score 21 second-quarter points and get a 21-7 win over the Lions.

The big second quarter was the turning point in this one as Dusty Copley found the endzone twice, along with rushing for over 100 yards in the half to lead the way. Evan Oehlke also found the endzone on an incredible 40-yard run to help the Superlarks take a 21-0 lead into the break.

Spring Grove's offense was slowed down by some stellar defense from Grand Meadow. Luke Speer and Daniel Smith played really well to help lead the defense and slow down one of the most explosive offenses in the district.

The Lions found their groove in the second half with running back Mitchell Reynolds, who had a couple of really nice runs to set up the Lions deep in Superlark territory, but Grand Meadow stood tall and was able to force a turnover on downs.

Chandler Bergrud connected on one touchdown pass to Kyle Hagen early in the fourth quarter, but the Superlarks were able to run the clock out from there and get the win.

Grand Meadow moved to 5-1 with the win, while Spring Grove fell to 4-2 with the loss.

Copley finished with 123 yards rushing to lead Grand Meadow, while Reynolds finished with 73 yards on the ground to lead Spring Grove.

Luke Speer was awarded the Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball for his great coverage skills on defense.