Prep report: Superior, Northwestern win openers
Northwestern High School's Colin Trautt (3) stiff arms Spooner’s A.J. Hotchkiss (15) on his way to the end zone for a third-quarter touchdown during the Tigers’ 28-14 win over the Rails Friday, Aug. 23, in Spooner. (Jed Carlson /

Superior scored 28 points in the first quarter of its season opener Friday and coasted to a 42-6 win at Somerset.

The Spartans didn’t waste any time as they scored two touchdowns in the opening five minutes on Brennan Morrissey’s 30-yard run and, after Somerset fumbled on its first play, Jarrett Gronski’s 35-yard run.

Gronski added a 39-yard TD run and then Kaden Kimmes threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Brady Herbst.

A botched snap on a punt attempt midway through the third quarter gave Superior the ball at the Somerset 25-yard line. On Superior’s next play Carter Fonger ran around the left end untouched, making the score 35-0 and putting the game into running time.

Gronski and Fonger each ran for more than 100 yards.


Freshman Carson Gotelaere was 6-for-6 on extra points for the Spartans, who won its ninth straight season opener.

Superior 28-0-7-7—42
Somerset 0-0-0-6—6
Sup — Brennan Morrissey 30 run (Carson Gotelaere kick)
Sup — Jarrett Gronski 35 run (Carson Gotelaere kick)
Sup — Gronski 39 run (Gotelaere kick)
Sup — Brady Herbst 45 pass from Kaden Kimmes (Gotelaere kick)
Sup — Carter Fonger 25 run (Gotelaere kick)
Som — Beaudee Smith 2 run (run failed)
Sup — Kimmes 3 run (Gotelaere kick)

Northwestern 28, Spooner 14

The visiting Tigers overcame a fumble on their first play from scrimmage to down the Rails in Heart O’North Conference play.

After allowing the opening score, the Tigers scored the next three touchdowns, starting with Brennan Werner’s 5-yard run.

After a scoreless second quarter, junior Colin Trautt scored the first of his two TD runs, from 5 yards out, and Jake Brill threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Mazur as the Tigers opened up a 21-6 lead.

Trautt added a 7-yard TD run with 4:39 remaining.

Northwestern 7-0-14-7—28
Spooner 6 -0-0-8—14
S — Jackson Bassett 1 run (pass failed), 5:10
N — Brennan Werner 5 run (Isaac Nichols kick), 1:51
N — Colin Trautt 5 run (Nichols kick), 8:11
N — Bryson Mazur 58 pass from Jake Brill (Nichols kick)
S — Thomas Kissack 1 run (Meister run)
N — Trautt 7 run (Nichols kick), 4:39

Rush City 22, Mesabi East 14

The Giants scored on the first play of the game but allowed a pair of 100-yard rushers in the nonconference season opener in Aurora.


Anthony Hermanson ran for 121 yards on 18 carries and scored a go-ahead TD in the third quarter and Zeth Hahn also broke 100 yards rushing and scored a touchdown for the Tigers.

Cole Meyer led the Giants with 79 yards rushing on 16 attempts and had a 17-yard TD run.
Rush City 8-0-8-6—22
Mesabi East 8-0-0-6—14
ME — Cole Swanson 63 pass from Gavin Skelton (Cole Meyer run)
RC — Zeth Hahn 4 run (Hunter Sykes run)
RC — Anthony Hermanson 4 run (Hermanson run)
ME — Meyer 17 run (run failed)
RC — Mitch Mell 1 run (run failed)

GIRLS SOCCER Andover 2, Duluth East 1

Anna Breffle scored both Huskies goals in a Duluth Invitational semifinal at Ordean Stadium.

The Greyhounds will meet Woodbury, a 1-0 loser to Rosemount, in the third-place game at noon today.

CEC 5, Forest Lake 0

Five Lumberjacks scored in their season-opening nonconference road win.


CEC 1, Columbia Heights 0

Henry Slater’s 12th-minute goal lifted the host Lumberjacks past the Hylanders in nonconference action.

Proctor 4, North Branch 1

The host Rails scored twice in the opening three minutes and Ben Harnell netted a pair of goals in the nonconference victory.


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