Crookston rallies past East Grand Forks in opener
CROOKSTON—Cade Salentine was slowed in the second half here Thursday. But he couldn't be stopped.
As a result, Crookston rallied for a 31-27 high school football season over East Grand Forks Senior High in both teams' season opener.
Salentine rushed for 169 yards, 102 of them in the first half. But, with the Pirates down 27-19, the senior running back passed for one touchdown and rushed for the game winner.
"Cade's flat-out a stud,'' Crookston coach Scott Butt said. "He can run it. He can pass it.''
Senior High scored three unanswered touchdowns, the last on a 14-yard Carter Beck touchdown run—his second scoring run of the game—as time expired in the third quarter, to turn a 19-6 halftime deficit into a 27-19 lead.
But Salentine passed 36 yards to his wide-open younger brother, Leyton Salentine, to pull the Pirates within 27-25 with 10:09 left. On Crookston's next possession, it was Cade Salentine scoring his third touchdown, a 9-yard run with 4:50 left, for the winning points.
"We got a little conservative in the second half,'' Butt said. "But our kids came back. The brother-to-brother touchdown was probably the big play. That sent a message that we're not quitting. And we came back with a big drive after that.''
Senior High drove to the Pirates' 10-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs with 1:22 left and Crookston ran out the clock.
"I thought we set ourselves up well at the end, but we couldn't finish,'' Green Wave coach Ryan Kasowski said.
Senior High rushed for 328 yards, led by Jackson Galstad (119 yards), Ethan Trebil (72 yards, 1 TD) and Maguire Stanislawski (71 yards).
"We were happy with our offense,'' Kasowski said. "We ran the ball well. We made some big plays to come back in the second half. But I was disappointed with our defense. We weren't doing things we've practiced for three weeks..''
Crookston had two 100-yard rushers in Cade Salentine and Mason Wang, whose 120 yards included a 74 scoring run.