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GROVE CITY -- Yellow Medicine East scored 35 unanswered points in the second half, erasing a 14-0 deficit to beat Atwater-Cosmos Grove City 35-14 and earn a share of the West Central South Conference title Wednesday.

The Sting (5-1, 6-2) utilized big plays in their comeback, scoring four touchdowns on plays of more than 30 yards.

YME began its comeback in the third quarter when Luke Berg found Ryan Fromm for a 68-yard touchdown pass.

Then Dylan Hempel recovered an ACGC fumble on the run and took it 46 yards to tie the game

From there on, the Sting, which didn't have much success running the ball in the first half, found daylight on the outside, scoring two of their last three touchdowns on sweeps. Jared Lobdell broke off runs of 34 and 55 yards, respectively, after Fromm scored from six yards out to give YME a 19-14 lead.

ACGC dominated almost all facets of the first half. After taking the opening kickoff to the YME 35-yard line, the Falcons needed only two plays to put the game's first points on the scoreboard. Quarterback Dominic Hopp cut the ball up the middle and outraced the Sting secondary for a 35-yard touchdown.

ACGC's defense bent but didn't break in the first half, holding YME's rushing attack to few yards and forcing the Sting to go to the air. The Falcons' secondary feasted on YME's long pass attempts, picking off three in the first half, two by Josh Cunningham.

Lobdell rushed for a game-high 131 of YME's 151 yards on 13 carries.

YME 35, ACGC 14

YME (5-1, 6-2) 0 0 13 22 -- 35

ACGC (5-1, 7-1) 7 7 0 0 -- 14

ACGC - Dominic Hopp 35 run (Josh Cunningham kick)

ACGC - Micah Nordin 1 run (Cunningham kick)

YME - Ryan Fromm 68 pass from Luke Berg (Steve Risa kick)

YME - Dylan Hempel 46 fumble recovery (Fromm run)

YME - Fromm 6 run (kick failed)

YME - Jared Lobdell 34 run (Risa kick)

YME - Lobdell 55 run (Risa kick)

Yellow Medicine East

Team statistics

First downs: 9 ... Rushing: 34-151 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 7-13-116-3 ... Fumbles lost: none ... Penalties: 6-37

Individual statistics

Rushing: Jared Lobdell 13-131 .... Passing: Luke Berg 7-13-116-3 .... Receiving: Clay Sharkey 3-30, Ryan Fromm 2-64, Kyle Gaffaney 1-10, Kenton Johnson 1-12 .... Punting: Ryan Fromm 2-29.5 .... Interceptions: Dylan Hempel 1, Ryan Fromm 1 .... Fumble recoveries: Dylan Hempel 1 .... Tackles (solo-assist): not available ... QB sacks: not available

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

Team statistics

First downs: 12 ... Rushing: 48-180 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 6-11-45-2 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 10-86

Individual statistics

Rushing: Micah Nordin 25-56, Kent Whitcomb 5-57, Dominic Hopp 8-46, Pat Miller 5-19 .... Passing: Dominic Hopp 4-7-16-1, Justin Schroeder 2-4-29-1 .... Receiving: Eric Peterson 3-31, Micah Nordin 2-2, Cullen Fischer 1-10 .... Punting: Eric Peterson 4-30 .... Interceptions: Josh Cunningham 2, Justin Schroeder 1 .... Fumble recoveries: none .... Tackles (solo-assist): Cory Mahn 4-6, Jared Peterson 4-3, Kent Whitcomb 4-0, Micah Nordin 1-4 ... QB sacks: Micah Nordin 1, Eric Peterson 1