Grand Meadow Wins Third Straight 9-Man Football Title
The Grand Meadow Superlarks captured their third straight state title in 9-man football this morning with a 34-20 win over Underwood High School at TCF Bank Stadium. The Superlarks have now won 34 straight games, dating back to midway through the 2013 season.
Quarterback Michael Stejskal led Grand Meadow, throwing for 218 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for 110 yards, including a 71-yard, fourth quarter touchdown run to seal the victory. Christopher Bain was the leading receiver for the Superlarks, with five catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Turnovers played a big part in the game. Underwood turned the ball over five times, including three fumbles and two interceptions, while Grand Meadow only had one turnover on the day. Underwood’s fumble on the first drive of the game led to Grand Meadow’s first score.
But Underwood remained tough and led twice, at 14-7 in the second quarter and 20-14 in the third quarter. Grand Meadow finished strong, however, scoring the game’s last 20 points It was a well-played, hard-fought contest and it wasn't until Stejskal's touchdown run with a little over two minutes remaining that victory was assured.
Grand Meadow’s last loss was all the way back in October of 2013 when they were beaten by Lanesboro High School 47-36 in Lanesboro. The Superlarks have a record of 53-3 over the past four years, with three state titles and a state runner-up finish.
Congratulations to the Grand Meadow Superlarks on another great season AND another state title!
For photos and reaction to their big victory, check out the Grand Meadow football team's Facebook page.