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Prep football: Cards silence Storm

WILLMAR -- Not unexpectedly, the Willmar Cardinals spilled overmatched Sauk Rapids 41-6 on Friday night at Hodapp Field. The road turns uphill next Friday with the Cardinals bussing to Brainerd to play the Warriors, a Stolski program the Cardinal...

Michael Heitzman
Tribune photo by Tom Larson Willmar running back Michael Heitzman cuts through the line and scores a first-quarter touchdown in front of Cardinals’ center Alex Khalil against Sauk Rapids on Friday at Hodapp Field in Willmar.

WILLMAR - Not unexpectedly, the Willmar Cardinals spilled overmatched Sauk Rapids 41-6 on Friday night at Hodapp Field.
The road turns uphill next Friday with the Cardinals bussing to Brainerd to play the Warriors, a Stolski program the Cardinals last conquered in the year 2000. Brainerd belted Fergus Falls 30-6 on Friday.
But this was just the kind of opener the Cardinals needed to roll out the much-anticipated 2014 model - A downhill run with plenty of players after a tough camp getting a chance to perform in front of the home crowd.
After grinding its gears out of the garage on the warm, still evening on a field damp from a morning thunderstorm, the Cardinals zipped away to lead 27-0 by half.
Michael Heitzman ran for the first TD, Austin Grove scored a pair on tosses from Auggie Hahn and the senior quarterback scooted for a score in both halves. Zach Radermacher ran 30 yards to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter.
The Storm, who lost key offensive players from an 0-9 team that lost 42-30 to Willmar in last year’s opener, is going to struggle again.
The defense held the Storm to zero net yards rushing. Quarterback Jeremy Thorson threw for 151 yards and a TD.
The Cardinals piled up 435 yards in 70 plays. Heitzman ran for 136 yards in 15 snaps and Hahn 80 in 20 keepers. Passing, Hahn was 13 of 20 for 123 yards. Max Trochlil had four catches and Grove seven.
Safety Carter Sack, who missed last season after shoulder surgery, made a first-quarter interception. Travis Deegan, a third-year starter, had a pick later.
Colten Carlson and Vaughn Johnson were tackle leaders.
Elsewhere in the CLC, St. Cloud Apollo tipped Rocori 19-14, Sartell tripped St. Cloud Tech 33-19 and Bemidji slammed Grand Rapids 49-0. Moorhead held off Alexandria 18-13 on the Redbirds’ new field.

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