Superior High School starting quarterback Jarrett Gronski had a 59-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage called back because of a penalty.

But that didn’t deter Gronski, or the Spartans, as they went on to score six other straight first-half touchdowns and cruise to a 49-7 win over the Eau Claire North Huskies Friday, Sept. 6, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Superior’s Caden Stone (23) dives past Eau Claire North’s Kyle Greenlund (3) for the Spartans’ first touchdown in the first quarter of their victory at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Caden Stone (23) dives past Eau Claire North’s Kyle Greenlund (3) for the Spartans’ first touchdown in the first quarter of their victory at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Gronski ended up scoring three of the Spartans’ touchdowns as they improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Rivers Conference. ECN falls to 0-3 and 0-1.

After the penalty on the opening play, the Spartans put together a 10-play, 62-yard drive that ended with Caden Stone diving into the end zone from 2 yards out. The extra-point kick went wide left, leaving the score 6-0 with 7:21 left in the first quarter.

Three plays into the Huskies' next drive, Superior’s Dane Polkinghorne recovered a fumble at the 50-yard line.

Superior’s Will Schorr (35) brings down  Eau Claire North’s Cole Keiser (81) in the first quarter of the Spartans victory at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Will Schorr (35) brings down Eau Claire North’s Cole Keiser (81) in the first quarter of the Spartans victory at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Four plays later Gronski ran around the right end untouched for a 3-yard touchdown and a 12-0 lead. The four-play drive included runs of 24 and 12 yards by Carter Fonger and 11 yards by Gronski.

Gronski, now playing at running back, added touchdown runs of 11 and 12 yards, and co-quarterback Kaden Kimmes threw touchdown passes of 48 yards to Fonger and 38 yards to Chris Hoivik.

Rounding out the scoring in the first half were two-point conversion runs by Brennan Morrissey and Fonger, and two extra-point kicks by Carson Gotelaere.

With the game in running time, the Huskies got on the board on Sam Barby’s 71-yard TD run 57 seconds into the third quarter.

Superior’s Brennan Morrissey (10) recovers an onside kick in the second quarter of the Spartans victory over Eau Claire North at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Brennan Morrissey (10) recovers an onside kick in the second quarter of the Spartans victory over Eau Claire North at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The Spartans got that TD back on Courdin Nelson-Skaggs’ 21-yard run, and Devan Caya’s extra-point kick, with 5:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Kimmes finished 2-of-3 passing for 86 yards, while Gronski was 1-for-1 for 35 yards.

Stone and Fonger led the Spartans on the ground with 75 and 60 yards rushing, respectively. Gronski also had 50 yards on nine carries.

Defensively for Superior, Brady Herbst had four tackles, including three for losses. Jason Samarziya had five tackles and Sean McCoshen added four.

The Spartans play at Eau Claire Memorial at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

Superior’s Brady Herbst (4) holds onto a pass as he is tackled in the second quarter of the Spartans victory over Eau Claire North at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Brady Herbst (4) holds onto a pass as he is tackled in the second quarter of the Spartans victory over Eau Claire North at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)



Eau Claire North.................0-0-7-0—0

Superior........................12-30-0-0—0

First Quarter

SHS — Caden Stone 2-yard run (kick wide left), 7:21.
SHS — Jarrett Gronski 3-yard run (run failed), 4:25.

Second Quarter

SHS — Gronski 11-yard run (Brennan Morrissey run), 11:27.
SHS — Gronski 12-yard run (Carter Fonger run), 10:54.
SHS — Fonger 48-yard pass from Kaden Kimmes (Carson Gotelaere kick), 8:09
SHS — Chris Hoivik 38-yard pass from Kimmes (Gotelaere kick), 3:56.

Third Quarter

ECN — Sam Barby 71-yard run (Jake Heath kick), 11:03.

Fourth Quarter

SHS — Courdin Nelson-Skaggs 20-yard run (Devan Caya kick), 5:40.

TEAM STATISTICS

ECN SHS
Plays.................36 50
Yards.................169 421
Passing...............46 127
Rushing.................123 294
First downs..............6 20
Turnovers......................1 0
Penalties................4-26 7-58

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

PASSING — ECN, Kyle Greenlund, 5-6-0-46. SHS, Kaden Kimmes, 2-3-0-86; Jarrett Gronski, 1-1-0-35; Alex Velleux 1-1-0-6.
RUSHING — ECN, Sam Barby, 6-93; Trent Kimball, 3-16; Greenlund, 6-15. SHS, Caden Stone, 7-75; Carter Fonger, 3-60; Gronski, 9-50; Matt Choge, 3-32; G. Dalbec, 5-17; Mason Stenberg, 1-9; Kimmes, 1-2; K. Radich, 1-2; R. Crimmons, 1-(-12).
RECEIVING — ECN, Cole Kaiser, 3-37; Charlie Wolter, 2-9. SHS, Fonger, 1-48; Chris Hoivik, 1-38; Brady Herbst, 1-35; Carson Korkalo, 1-6.



Big Rivers Conference

2019 Football Standings

Superior (3-0)............1-0
Menomonie (3-0)...............1-0
Eau Claire Mem. (3-0)...............1-0
River Falls (2-1)...............1-0
Hudson (0-3)...............0-1
Rice Lake (0-3)...............0-1
Chippewa Falls (0-3)...............0-1
Eau Claire North (0-3)...............0-1

Friday, Sept. 6

Superior 49, Eau Claire North 7
River Falls 34, Hudson 20
Menomonie 42, Chippewa Falls 18
Eau Claire Memorial 21, Rice Lake 16

Friday, Sept. 13

(All Games at 7 p.m.)

River Falls at Menomonie
Chippewa Falls at Rice Lake
Superior at Eau Claire Mem.
Eau Claire North at Hudson

Friday, Sept. 20

Superior at Hudson
Rice Lake at River Falls
Eau Claire Mem. at Chippewa Falls
Menomonie at Eau Claire North