Defending state champ Grand Meadow throttles Nicollet 71-27

NICOLLET — Grand Meadow crushed Nicollet 71-27 on Thursday night in a 9-man South District football game.

The Superlarks (1-0) are the defending 9-man champions for the past four seasons.

Zach Myhre scored Grand Meadow’s first touchdown on a 65-yard touchdown run at 11:47 of the first quarter. Drew Copley’s kick for the extra point was good for a 7-0 lead.

Josh Graves scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper for Grand Meadow’s next touchdown. Copley’s kick made it 14-0.

Copley scored on a 4-yard run and his kick increased the Superlarks’ lead 21-0 after one quarter.

Ean Thomsen hit Josh Chadderdon a 35-yard strike for Nicollet’s first score. Anthony Macias kicked the extra point for a 33-7 score.

Myhre scored two plays later on a 70-yard run with 4:20 left in the first half. The extra point was unsuccessful to make it 39-7 at halftime.

Grand Meadow scored 18 points in the second quarter, 14 points in the third and 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Thomsen threw an 8-yard pass to Nathan Duis at 5:11of the third quarter. The PAT failed for a 45-13 Grand Meadow advantage.

Graves ran the ensuing kick off back 90 yards to answer Nicollet’s touchdown. Nolan Skifter ran for the 2-point conversion.

Thomsen scored on a 5-yard end-around run. Thomsen threw to Chadderdon for the 2-point conversion.

Nicollet’s final score came on a 35-yard pass from Jon Mans to Eric Fischer at 6:32 of the fourth quarter. Grand Meadow got two touchdowns for the final scores of the game.

“There were a lot of things we did good,” Nicollet head coach Christian Harmeyer said. “We did put up 27 points, which is a great thing. They are the returning champions.”

Harmeyer said the team never gave up and this performance was an improvement over last season.