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Football | Grand Meadow 12, Alden-Conger 10

GRAND MEADOW 12, ALDEN-CONGER 10

Low score but wild finish

GRAND MEADOW — In its homecoming game, Grand Meadow led 6-0 after three fairly uneventful quarters.

That changed in the final five minutes as Alden-Conger scored and took the lead but Grand Meadow counterpunched and then had to hold off the Knights to preserve the victory.

Michael Gehling ran 2 yards in the first quarter for a touchdown for the Larks, and there was no more scoring until A-C’s Matt Brimseth ran 5 yards with five minute to go. Mitchell Kleinschrodt ran in the two-point conversion, giving Alden-Conger an 8-6 lead.

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Grand Meadow soon lost the ball on an interception but was able to hold A-C on downs and force a punt. But the snap was over the punter’s head and the Larks recovered on the A-C 25-yard line with 2 1/2 minutes left.

Eventually, Clinton Stejskal dived 1 yard for a touchdown with 34 seconds left. A-C returned the kickoff past midfield and was able to throw the ball near the goal line, but Grand Meadow intercepted.

The Larks took a knee twice, forcing A-C to use its two time-outs. A penalty pushed the ball back near the goal line, meaning the third-down kneel was in the end zone, giving the Knights a safety.

After the free kick, 2.6 seconds remained but A-C was not able to mount a threat.

Gehling carried 16 times for 109 yards. Andrew Hardecopf caught two passes for 55 yards for Grand Meadow (2-2). Kleinschrodt rushed 20 times for 102 yards for Alden-Conger (1-3).

Yardage was almost even, with G.M. leading 259-243 in total yardage and 191-188 in rushing.

Alden-Conger 0 0 0 10 — 10

Grand Meadow 6 0 0 6 — 12

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