Waubun coach Paul Clark knows there is one thing a team shouldn't do in the playoffs.

"You can't give a good team a short field," Clark said.

Three-time defending state champion Grand Meadow forced four turnovers — scoring quick touchdowns after two of them — and went on to defeat Waubun 35-0 in the Nine-Man semifinals.

"This game was closer than the final score showed," Grand Meadow coach Gary Sloan said. "They are a very good team. So quick, deceptive. You have to play good defense against them."

It took a while for the Superlarks, who earned their 49th consecutive victory, to take control. It appeared the Superlarks would take only a 7-0 lead into halftime.

But moments after Grand Meadow recovered a fumble at the Waubun 25, Christophor Bain scored the first of his three touchdowns to give the Superlarks a 14-0 lead at halftime with the extra point.

Bain's second touchdown — a 62-yard run — came two plays after an interception gave the Superlarks the ball. The Superlarks scored twice in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter — the second after getting the ball at the Waubun 24 after a sack — to extend their lead to 35-0.

Bain finished with 173 yards in 23 carries, and Jacob Oehlke caught a touchdown pass and had two interceptions for the Superlarks.

Joel Rippel