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Cromwell football avenges last year's playoff loss, beating Floodwood

The last time Cromwell and Floodwood stepped on the football field together, the teams were playing in the section semifinals. Floodwood upset the Cards and ended their season, sending them home before they could make another state tournament app...

The last time Cromwell and Floodwood stepped on the football field together, the teams were playing in the section semifinals. Floodwood upset the Cards and ended their season, sending them home before they could make another state tournament appearance.

Friday night, the Cardinals returned the favor by not only beating the Polar Bears 40-6, but by doing it on Floodwood's home field.

"The first quarter was shaky for us," recalled Cards coach Jeff Gronner. "We fumbled our first series, and then had many penalties on our next two series."

Despite their slow start, the Cards managed to score the only touchdown of the first quarter. Adam Smith took off on a 44-yard touchdown dash and Jordan Suhonen ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Cards lead.

"Our line played really well," explained Gronner. "We were the most physical team on both sides of the ball up front."

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In the second quarter, the Cards busted things open with a 6-yard run from Shale Korpela, a 1-yard run from Suhonen and another touchdown run from Korpela. That helped to build a 26-0 halftime lead.

Suhonen found Smith down field and connected for a 59-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to make it 32-0. Then Korpela tacked on another 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

"We had 273 yards rushing and 138 yards passing and we held them to 38 yards of offense in the first half," Gronner said. "The defense is playing really well right now. My two senior backs really stepped it up. Adam Smith probably had his best overall game and Korpela played great as well."

Floodwood added a late touchdown on a 4-yard run by Aaron Larva, but the game had already been decided.

Cromwell is now 2-1 on the season.

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