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Prep football: New Richmond holds off Superior

Superior had four turnovers but came up short on the scoreboard.

Superior’s Lucas Williams (16) breaks away from the New Richmond defense for a first quarter touchdown
Superior’s Lucas Williams (16) breaks away from the New Richmond defense for a first quarter touchdown at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night, Sept. 16, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Superior won the turnover battle but not the scoreboard one on Friday, Sept. 16, as visiting New Richmond held off the Spartans, 28-18, at NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Things didn’t start well for Superior, as New Richmond struck 2:31 in on a deep pass to Trey Cork, followed by an SHS interception. But Lucas Williams busted through the middle for a long touchdown run to get Superior on the board. The Spartans could not convert the two-pointer, a problem that left them playing catch-up throughout the game.

New Richmond pulled out to a 21-6 lead early in the second half, but Superior drove down the field and returned to the end zone on a 1-yard Carson Gotelaere dive. After New Richmond drove deep into Spartan territory, Gotelaere came up big, catching a tipped ball for an interception, one of four Superior takeaways in the contest.

Gotelaere then went over the top for a 90-yard touchdown play to Isaiah Essien on the ensuing play. The Spartans couldn’t convert either touchdown, which left them trailing 21-18 after three quarters.

Superior collected a fumble near midfield late in the third quarter but its drive stalled, and New Richmond clinched the ‘W’ on a 74-yard inside screen pass to Catcher Langeness on third-and-long.

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The Spartans fall to 0-5 on the season.

Superior’s Samuel Berthiaume (55) celebrates his second quarter fumble recovery
Superior’s Samuel Berthiaume (55) celebrates his second-quarter fumble recovery during the Spartans' game with New Richmond at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night, Sept. 16, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Aitkin 28, Two Harbors 14

Isaiah Hietala opened the scoring with a 60-yard punt return touchdown, but that would be the last scoring for Two Harbors until it was too late in Northeast White conference play at Two Harbors on Friday.

The Gobblers scored the next four touchdowns before Hietala found the end zone again, on a 6-yard run.

Northwestern 40, Cameron 3

Tanner Kaufman ran for four touchdowns and racked up 211 yards on 16 carries as the Tigers rolled to a fifth straight win and a 3-0 record in the Heart O’North Conference with a win at Cameron on Friday.

Luke Sedin hit Jase Nelson on a 17-yard pass play for the Tigers’ other touchdown.

Grand Rapids 27, Cloquet 14

Owen Glenn rumbled to a pair of 5-yard touchdown runs for Grand Rapids.

Aiden Chandler and Jake Troumbly also scored on the ground as the Thunderhawks remained undefeated on the season.

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Reese Sheldon connected with Kollin Bonneville on a 23-yard touchdown pass for the Lumberjacks, who fall to 2-1.

Bonneville added a late TD run to finish with 110 yards on 19 carries for Cloquet.

Troumbly finished with 142 and Ethan Florek an even 100 for Grand Rapids.

Esko 56, Proctor 0

The Eskomos found points from several different sources, notching an interception return touchdown, a free kick return touchdown and a safety in just the first half as they led 22-0 at the break and rolled to victory at Terry Egerdahl Field.

Moose Lake/Willow River 48, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 14

Long runs by Kaden Robbins (78 yards) and Jaxsyn Schmidt (73) got the scoreboard lit for the 3-0 Rebels.

Schmidt followed with TD runs of 34, 29 and 59 yards as the Rebels took a 34-6 lead into halftime. He finished with 261 yards on six carries.

Mesabi East 29, International Falls 6

Dakota Kruse had a first-half touchdown run and Carter Steele followed it up with a 9-yard touchdown catch as the Giants, at home, claimed their first victory of the season.

Cherry 62, Cook County 0

Mason Heitzman returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, sparking another big win for the 3-0 Tigers.

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After Heitzman’s 76-yard sprint, Cherry opened up its offense: Isaiah, Isaac and Noah Asuma and Kaleb Rinerson all scored rushing touchdowns, and Noah Sundquist ran for two and threw one.

PREP SCOREBOARD
FOOTBALL
Duluth Denfeld 25, Rock Ridge 6
Aitkin 28, Two Harbors 14
Cherry 62, Cook County 0
Northwestern 40, Cameron 3
Mesabi East 29, International Falls 6
Grand Rapids 27, Cloquet 14
New Richmond 28, Superior 18
Esko 56, Proctor 0
Moose Lake/Willow River 48, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 14
Duluth East 28, Hermantown 14
Braham 60, Barnum 44

Superior quarterback Carson Gotelaere (9) scrambles from New Richmond’s Caleb Hyman (52)
Superior quarterback Carson Gotelaere (9) scrambles from New Richmond’s Caleb Hyman (52) in the first quarter of the game at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night, Sept. 16, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
New Richmond’s Andrew Trandahl (5) stiff arms Superior Jack Rivord (19)
New Richmond’s Andrew Trandahl (5) stiff arms Superior Jack Rivord (19) in the first quarter of the game at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night, Sept. 16, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Superior’s Lucas Williams (16) celebrates a first quarter touchdown
Superior’s Lucas Williams (16) celebrates a first quarter touchdown at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior on Friday night, Sept. 16, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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