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Evans, Mustangs too much for Spartans (updated)

Superior High School's Dominic D’Auria (81) hauls in a 77-yard touchdown in the first quarter of the Spartans' loss to Menomonie Friday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com ) 1 / 3
Superior High School's Conner Fonger (27) scores a first-quarter touchdown during the Spartans' loss to Menomonie Friday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) 2 / 3
Superior High School's Gunnar Gronski (43) shoves a Menomonie player during a first-quarter run Friday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)3 / 3

Justin Evans and the Menomonie Mustangs spoiled homecoming for the Superior High School football team Friday night with a 49-28 victory at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Evans rushed for 237 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Mustangs improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Rivers Conference.

The loss was the fourth straight for the Spartans, now 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the BRC.

The Spartans found themselves in a shoot out with the Mustangs in the first quarter and became the first team all season to hold a lead on Menomonie.

Superior actually held a pair of leads on the Mustangs, 8-0 and 15-14.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, the Mustangs showed why they are one of top teams in the state as they scored four unanswered touchdowns and opened up a 43-15 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Evans, who was coming off school-record 325 yards rushing in Menomonie’s 36-24 win last week over Hudson, had 149 of his yards in the first half Friday, including 124 yards on 14 carries in the first quarter alone.

The senior now has rushed for 1,081 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

“We knew they were going to be tough to stop, they’ve been doing the same thing for years and are very good at it,” SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said. “We didn’t want to get into a slugfest with them because putting points on the board has been tough for us. But we put some drives together and executed at times, so I’m very proud of the guys.”

Superior opened the game with an 11-play, 52-yard drive that ended with Jarrett Gronski throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Conner Fonger.

The Spartans got tricky on the extra-point as they faked the kick and holder, and back-up quarterback, Spencer Udeen threw the 2-point pass to Max Plunkett for an 8-0 lead 3:30 into the game.

Menomonie got that touchdown back 1:15 later on Evans’ 3-yard run. Evans, who rushed for 57 of the Mustangs’ 65 yards on the six-play drive, was stopped on the two-point attempt leaving Superior’s lead at 8-6.

Menomonie’s scoring drive was aided by back-to-back face-masking penalties on Superior.

After forcing a Spartan punt, Menomonie took a 14-8 lead on Logan Sorenson’s 27-yard run and Evans’ run on the conversion.

Superior regained a 15-14 lead on the second play of its next drive when Gronski found Dominic D’Auria alone at the 50 and, thanks to the blocking of Plunkett, turned it into a 77-yard touchdown. D’Auria also kicked the extra point with 51 seconds left in the first quarter.

“There was a breakdown in the defense, I got open and took off as soon as I got the ball,” D’Auria said of his first varsity reception. “Max was a really big part of that play, if he wouldn’t have been blocking for me I wouldn’t have been able to get into the end zone. He really put in the work to get the guy in front of me.”

While 29 points were scored in the first quarter, only eight were scored in the second, all by Evans, who ran in from a yard out and then for the two-point conversion giving Menomonie a 22-15 lead.

The Mustangs broke away from Superior in the third quarter on Evans’ 1-yard TD run and Jake Ebert’s 74-yard TD pass to Sorenson.

Thomas Poplawski kicked both extra points to give the Mustangs a 36-15 lead.

Both teams scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Kade Schultz scored on runs of 3 and 44 yards for Menomonie, while Gronski scored from 9 yards out and Spencer Udeen threw a 21-yard TD pass to Devin Smarzia.

Menomonie finished with 512 yards, including 375 rushing, compared to 312 total yards for Superior.

Gunnar and Jarrett Gronski combined to rush for 99 yards for Superior. Jarrett also completed 5-of-13 passes for 99 yards.

Schultz added 75 yards rushing and Ebert was 6-of-13 passing for 121 yards.

Penalties were also a key factor Friday. Superior was penalized 14 times for 137 yards, including three face-masking infractions. Menomonie had nine penalties for 203 yards.

“We played well at times, but we still have to fix a lot of things,” DeMeyer said. “And I’ll say it again, it’s a coaching thing. With all the flags on the ground, that’s a sign of our coaching. We’re running out of time, but we’re going to get it done.”

Superior (2-4, 0-4) plays at River Falls at 7 p.m. Friday.

Menomonie plays at Rice Lake (4-1, 3-1) which is coming off a 26-16 loss to Hudson.

Menomonie............. 14     8      14     13  —    49

Superior.................. 15     0        0     13  —    28

First Quarter

SHS — Jarrett Gronski 7-yard pass to Conner Fonger (Spencer Udeen pass to Max Plunkett), 8:30.

M — Justin Evans 3-yard run (run failed), 7:15.8

M — Logan Sorenson 26-yard run (Evans run), 1:56.

SHS — J. Gronski 77-yard pass to Dominic D’Auria (D’Auria kick), 0:51.

Second Quarter

M — Evans 1-yard run (Evans run), 9:06.

Third Quarter

M — Evans 1-yard run (Thomas Poplawski kick), 5:47.

M — Jake Ebert 74-yard pass to Sorenson (Poplawski kick), 3:25.

Fourth Quarter

M — Kade Schultz 3-yard run (Poplawski kick), 9:18.

SHS — J. Gronski 9-yard run (kick blocked), 8:11.

M — Schultz 44-yard run (pass intercepted), 6:45.

SHS — Spencer Udeen 30-yard pass to Devin Smarzia (D’Auria kick), 4:06.

                                                 M           SHS

Total Plays............................. 71            59

Total Yards............................ 512          312

Passing Yards...................... 151          136

Rushing................................. 375          161

First Downs............................ 33            27

Turnovers................................ 1              1

Fumbles Lost ......................... 1              0

Penalties............................. 9-203      14-137

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — M, Justin Evans, 32-237; Kade Schultz, 7-75; Logan Sorenson, 2-36; John Brogan, 11-31; Chris Haviland, 1-7; Ryan Wheeler, 1-(-3); Zach DeMarce, 3-(-8). SHS, Gunnar Gronski, 9-58; Jarrett Gronski, 18-41; Spencer Udeen, 4-34; Conner Fonger, 8-13; Devin Smarzia, 1-11; Elijah Owens, 1-4.

PASSING — M, Jake Ebert, 6-13-0-121. Taylor Radcliffe, 1-1-0-16. SHS, J. Gronski, 5-13-1-99. Spencer Udeen, 1-4-0-45.

RECEIVING — M, Logan Sorenson, 2-80; Brooks Brewers, 1-26. SHS, Max Plunkett, 3-18; Conner Fonger, 2-11; Dominic D’Auria, 1-77; Devin Smarzia, 1-30.

DEFENSE -- SUPERIOR

                                                 TKL         Ast

Logan Stone............................. 5            5

Trevor Dalbec........................... 4            7

Dylan Lowney........................... 3            3

Chase Summerfield.................. 3            5

Corey Sanders.......................... 2            6

Tradel Nickelson...................... 2            6

Max Plunkett............................ 2            7

Cayden Laurvick...................... 2            2

Gunnar Gronski......................... 2            2

Gabriel Sexton.......................... 2            4

Will Schorr................................ 1            0

Drake Smarzia.......................... 1            1

Cody Kurki................................ 1            1

Oscar Flaherty.......................... 0            1

Sam Osteen     0              1

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