Grueneich, Thunder Strike Down Oakes


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( Ellendale-Edgeley/Kulm’s Clayton Grueneich had three rushing touchdowns to help in the Thunder’s 41-23 victory over Oakes in the regular season finale for both teams Friday night.

The junior scored from 50 and 27 yards away in the first quarter and also scored from 40 yards out in quarter number two.

Jake Dewald connected on a 27 yard pass to Luke Wertz in the first quarter, and threw a 75 yard bomb to Brennan Vance in the second frame.

Oakes senior running back Chris Schmit scored three rushing touchdowns in a row in the fourth quarter from 29, 5 and 50 yards away, but it was not enough to overcome a 35-0 halftime defect, nor earn their first win of the season.

EEK advances to the Class A playoffs and will host an opening round match-up on Saturday, October 22. Oakes’ season ends without a win, and the Tornadoes will move down in classification in the 2017 season to 9-Man football.

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