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Cardinals celebrating their Region 2 Championship and #1 seed in the upcoming playoffs. Photo by Larry Stokke

The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals football team met Grafton on October 16 in a battle for the Region 2A title and the top seed for the Class A 11 Man Football Playoffs. The Cards put together their best game of the year, blowing out the Spoilers 45-6. With the win, the Cards end their regular season with a 9-0 record and have now earned the overall top seed for the playoffs, which begin October 24 at home versus Thompson. The road to the Dakota Bowl will go through Langdon, and Cardinals seniors Simon Romfo, Grant Romfo, Cooper Zimmer, Alex Cluchie and Drew Simpson have now gone through their entire high school football careers without one conference loss.

Langdon-Edmore-Munich did think they played their best the week before in a 30-0 at Carrington, so they came out very focused against the Spoilers. The Cards forced a fumble by Grafton's leading running back Esgar Rios, which was recovered by Cooper Zimmer, to set up their first scoring drive. Simon Romfo threw a rocket pass to Markus Kingzett, who made a great catch of the fastball in traffic to make the score 6-0. After stopping Grafton for a three and out on their next drive, the Cardinals went right down and scored again, this time on a one yard pass from Simon to Zimmer followed by a Grant Romfo 2-point conversion catch to make it 14-0.

The Cards defense, which has been stellar all season, again forced a Grafton punt with the Cardinals offense turning that into six more points on a 15 yard Grant Romfo reception from Simon Romfo making the score 20-0 after the first quarter.

The second quarter opened with another Rios fumble, recovered by Simon Romfo, which resulted in a Grant Romfo one yard run. The Cards then showed their running game is just as dangerous as the passing with Carter Tetrault scoring from 10 yards out followed by Simon Romfo on a 30 yard run through nearly every member of the Grafton defense to make the score 39-0 at the half. Tetrault would find the end zone again on a tough run up the middle in the third quarter to close the scoring.

Simon Romfo started the game completing his first 11 passes, finishing 13 for 17 passing with 175 yards and three touchdowns. Simon also led the team in rushing with 70 yards, followed by Grant with 55 and Tetrault with 42. Grant Romfo had a team-leading 99 yards receiving on six catches, followed by Tucker Welsh who caught two for 33. Cole Welsh had his first career sack in the game, and Jack Romfo was one of the leading tacklers on defense, also recording a sack in the contest.

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