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ADRIAN — Adrian’s defense shut down Canby in the first half while the Dragons’ offense flourished.

By the time the two teams broke for halftime, Adrian had built a 29-2 lead. It rode that to a 35-17 victory Thursday in the Little Sioux Conference opener for both squads.

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Tanner Kamm got the scoring started with 7:32 still remaining in the first quarter when he broke loose on a 31-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt failed but the Dragons had a 6-0 lead.

The Lancers came up empty on their ensuing drive, giving the home team a chance to add to its lead. It took Adrian only three minutes after its first score to light up the scoreboard a second time. This time, Logan Rogers hit Cody Polzine on a 25-yard touchdown pass. Kamm ran in the conversion attempt and it was 14-0 Dragons.

Canby got its only score of the first half when Cooper Cleveland made a tackle in the end zone. The safety cut its deficit to 14-2 late in the first, but a 14-yard touchdown run for Rogers put Adrian back in command. He followed that by connecting with Greg Kern on the conversion, giving the Dragons a 22-2 lead with 7:25 in the second quarter.

Rogers punched in his second rushing touchdown of the evening only 22 seconds after the first one. His six-yard score and the following extra point kick by Kamm put the Dragons on top 29-2 at halftime.

The lead continued to grow early in the second half. Michael Preuss plunged over the goal line for a one-yard touchdown run with 3:27 in the third to give Adrian a 35-2 lead. Canby scored on a 59-yard touchdown pass from Mathew Sisk to Matthew Slaba and a 16-yard run by Sisk, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the deficit.

As a team, Adrian finished the night with 220 yards rushing on 43 carries. It added 131 yards through the air for 351 total yards. Defensively, the Dragons allowed only 210 yards.

Rogers had a strong night passing, completing 6-of-10 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for two scores. Dylan Gyberg topped the Dragons’ ground attack with 64 yards on 14 totes. Jesse Slater and Tony Sieve led the Adrian defense with 10 tackles each.

Adrian (1-0 overall, 1-0 Little Sioux) will be at home again at 7 p.m. Friday against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

Canby 2 0 7 8 — 17

Adrian 14 15 6 0 — 35

Cleveland 27, W/WG 20

CLEVELAND — It was tight from start to finish, but Cleveland had just a little more firepower than Westbrook/Walnut Grove Thursday night.

The two squads were tied at 12-12 going into the fourth quarter, but the Clippers were able to get into the end zone twice in the final stanza to hand the Chargers a 27-20 Southern Confederacy Conference loss.

Cleveland got on the board first with six in the opening frame, but W/WG evened things up with the start of what was a big night for senior fullback Mitchell Jarmer. He ran it in from six yards out to tie things up. The two-point conversion pass fell incomplete, but the Chargers still went into the break knotted at 6-all.

The two squads traded scores in the third. For the visitors, it was Jarmer again finding the end zone. This time he dashed in on an eight-yard score and, through the conversion failed again, the Chargers were still keeping pace as they headed into the fourth quarter with a 12-12 tie.

Unfortunately for W/WG, a six-yard touchdown run for Jarmer in the fourth wasn’t enough. Tristan Joel connected with Jake Otto on the two-point conversion pass to give the Chargers eight on the trip, but it didn’t quite match the 15 for the Clippers in the final 12 minutes.

Jarmer finished the night with 20 carries for 103 yards to go with four receptions for 37 yards. Anthony Koch added 75 yards on the ground with 13 carries. Otto matched Jarmer’s receiving total, grabbing four passes for 37 yards. Walker Christians added one reception for 72 yards as Joel was 11-for-16 passing for 174 yards.

Jarmer also led the defense with 10 tackles. Koch and Otto had six tackles each with Joel hauling in an interception and AJ Quade recovering a fumble.

The Chargers (0-1 overall, 0-1 SC) will try to get off the schnide next week when it hosts a 7 p.m. contest against Alden/Conger.

W/WG 0 6 6 8 — 20

Cleveland 6 0 6 15 — 27

Nicollet 32, H-BC 18

HILLS — Sophomore quarterback Zach Scholten passed for 326 yards and two touchdowns, but his Hills-Beaver Creek team couldn’t keep up with visiting Nicollet.

After leading 7-6 at halftime, the Raiders outscored the Patriots 19-6 in the third quarter to take control.

Stuart Plimpton scored H-BC’s first touchdown in the second quarter on a 1-yard run. In the third quarter Scholten hooked up with Braden Ellingson on a 27-yard scoring play. Then in the fourth quarter, Scholten passed 28 yards to Carey Taubert for another score.

H-BC had the football on Nicollet’s 2-yard line just before halftime but failed to score. Trailing by eight points midway through the fourth quarter, the Patriots threatened again but fumbled around the Raiders’ 30. Dalton Elliott made the Pats pay for the mistake, scoring on a 72-yard run.

Scholten completed 26 of 51 passes for 326 yards with no interceptions. Ellingson caught eight passes for 64 yards, Taubert caught 10 for 130 and Cooper Vaughn caught four for 59.

Plimpton had 10 tackles on defense. Dalton Klarenbeek had seven tackles and a sack.

Nicollet 0 7 19 6 — 32

H-BC 0 6 6 6 — 18

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