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PREP FOOTBALL: E-E-K eliminates Langdon-Munich

LANGDON, N.D. -- A season in which expectations made a huge shift ended for Langdon-Munich on Saturday. The Cardinals went from one total win in 2015 to one win shy of a berth in the North Dakota Class A high school football championship game. El...

 

LANGDON, N.D. -- A season in which expectations made a huge shift ended for Langdon-Munich on Saturday.

 

The Cardinals went from one total win in 2015 to one win shy of a berth in the North Dakota Class A high school football championship game. Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm rolled to a 50-20 win over Langdon-Munich in the state semifinals.

 

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Langdon-Munich, 1-7 last season, closed with a 9-2 record. Standout junior wide receiver Anfernee Economy said, “Hopefully, we’d be able to win more than one game this year. But now we were hoping to make it to the championship game. It was a big improvement over last year. We hope we can finish it next year.’’

 

Langdon-Munich didn’t have an answer for an E-E-K offense that scored on seven of its first eight possessions. The one time the Thunder didn’t get into the end zone in that string, they lost a fumble on the L-M 2-yard line. Four of the seven Thunder touchdowns came on plays covering 44 or more yards.

 

"We're usually more of a grind-it-out team. We don't usually get a lot of big plays,'' E-E-K coach Jon Schiele said.

 

"We figured this game would play out like it did. As long as we stayed with (Langdon-Munich) in the first half, we felt our physical style would wear on them. We wanted to run straight at them and take their offense out of the game.''

 

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E-E-K took just four offensive plays to build a 13-0 lead. Clayton Grueneich scored on a 53-yard run on the second play of the game. On the second Thunder possession, a 46-yard run by Cole Goehring set up a 12-yard scoring run by Grueneich.

 

Grueneich wound up with 257 rushing yards on just 16 carries, also scoring on 55-, 5- and 46-yard runs.

 

"Clayton just doesn't get caught in the open field,'' Schiele said. "He's so strong and has such good balance. And our line -- the yards speak for themselves''

 

Langdon-Munich was led by Jacob Delvo. The junior quarterback was 17-of-30 passing for 208 yards, including 8- and 3-yard touchdown passes to Economy. But he also was intercepted three times, with E-E-K converting all three of those possessions into touchdowns.

 

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"They dared us to run the ball,'' L-M coach Josh Krivarchka said. "They had six guys in pass coverage. But they were physical up front and made plays. Our kids feed off of big plays. We weren't making them today.''

 

Ellendale-E-K (9-2) swept through Region 2 to earn a berth in Friday’s 9:40 a.m. championship game against Des Lacs-Burlington in the Fargodome. The Thunder beat two-time defending state champion Park River/Fordville-Lankin 48-22 in the first round and top-ranked, unbeaten Larimore 42-41 in the quarterfinals before beating Langdon-Munich.

 

“They cleaned the slate on us,’’ Krivarchka said. “They’re playing as well as anybody I’ve seen.’’

 

Langdon-Munich doesn’t start a senior in this turnaround season.

"The farther you get the more you want to achieve,'' Krivarchka said. "There's not a lot of satisfaction at the moment. But from where we were to where we went, the kids had a heckuva season.'

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