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Amateur football: Huskerz win seventh straight

ALBERT LEA — The Southwest Huskerz continued to build toward the postseason Saturday when they started fast in a 24-12 Southern Plains Football League win over the Albert Lea Grizzlies.

The win improved the Huskerz to 7-0 in their inaugural season, earning them the league regular season championship outright.

“To win the conference is pretty special,” Huskerz coach Ken McKuen said.

How they won their seventh consecutive game the unique thing about Saturday’s contest. Throughout the season, Southwest has been known as much more of a second half team. Amidst wet and windy conditions in Albert Lea, the Huskerz scored all 24 of their points in the first half before stalling offensively in the second half.

McKuen said the fast start was a welcomed sight, but the second half struggles were a dissapointment.

“Usually we’re a much better second half team, so this was a complete switch,” he said. “But, we still have to put those two together and play four quarters.”

Albert Lea scored on 50-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage, but from there it was all Huskerz.

Khalid Waters scored on a 3-yard touchdown run before Jordan Larson found Trae Johnson for a 54-yard scoring striking that set the score at 12-0 at the end of one. Darieon Smith and Larson added touchdown runs in the second quarter to put the Huskerz up 24-0 at the half.

Tyler Decker picked off his eighth pass of the year with Jordan Bouw and Mark Riley both compiling six tackles.

The Huskerz wrap up the regular season at 3 p.m. in Webster City. They open the postseason at 7 p.m. on June 28 at Trojan Field.

Huskerz 12 12 0 0 — 24

Grizzlies 6 0 0 6 — 12

Zach Hacker

Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.

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