The junior quarterback threw for 4 TDs, ran in another and defense turned four Oakes INTs into scores in the Cardinals 50-13 Class A quarterfinal playoff rout.
LANGDON — Two days after Halloween, Oakes came into the Class A quarterfinal game Saturday, Nov. 2, dressed as Bill Murray. It got real ‘Groundhog Day’-esque for the Tornadoes.
An interception on their first possession of the game resulted in a Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich touchdown. An interception on their next possession led to a second Cardinals touchdown. A second quarter interception — you know the rest.
Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich turned four interceptions into touchdowns and junior quarterback Simon Romfo accounted for five Cardinals’ scores in the 50-13 rout of the Tornadoes. The defending 1A champions, who are the 2-seed in the playoffs, will host No. 3 Lisbon next Saturday. The Broncos beat last season’s 9-man state winner Thompson 48-18 in their quarterfinal round contest.
“To date, this was the biggest football game that we’ve had all season and I thought we came out and played a well of a football game both offensively and defensively,” said Cardinals head coach Josh Krivarchka. “We set the tone in the first half and made a lot of plays.”
The Cardinals (11-0) opened the game with a 10-play, 67-yard drive that resulted in Romfo connecting with Jackson Delvo for the 24 yard touchdown. Romfo ran in the two point conversion to put the Cardinals up 8-0. Delvo then intercepted Oakes quarterback Garret Meehl on Oakes opening possession, resulting in Grant Romfo catching a 23 yard touchdown pass from his brother Simon that gave the Cardinals the 14 point lead.
On the Tornadoes (8-2) ensuing possession, Peyton Ullyott’s interception of Meehl led to Simon scoring on a quarterback run from 10 yards out. Simon connected with Sean Gette for the two point conversion and the Cardinals’ advantage was 22 after one quarter of play.
Simon’s interception to open the second quarter led to the Romfo to Romfo connection again, this time for 42 yards. Grant caught the two point conversion and the rout was on.
“That was the big thing coming in. We knew they’re good offensively and we felt that we could score on them like we can score on anybody but the biggest thing was stopping them. When we got those interceptions, I think it really flipped the game,” Krivarchka said.
“High school kids, they live off of momentum and we flipped the game there.”
A third quarter touchdown with just over 10 minutes remaining prompted the running clock. It was the fourth 50-plus scoring game for the Cardinals this season, their second in the 2019 playoffs as they opened the tournament with a 56-12 win over Northern Cass, who they beat by 31 in Week 1.
The Cardinals also have two 60-point games.
“Obviously, they (the team) know what’s on the line. They know that this is the time of year that you got to step it up and we’ll be ready to roll next week against Lisbon,” said Krivarchka.
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Oakes at Langdon Area-E-M box score
Oakes 0 7 0 6 — 13
Langdon-E-M 22 14 8 6 — 50
L — Delvo 24 pass from S. Romfo (S. Romfo run), 8:38.
L — G. Romfo 23 pass from S. Romfo (run failed), 6:08.
L — S. Romfo 10 run (Gette pass from Romfo), :16.
L — G. Romfo 42 pass from S. Romfo (G. Romfo pass from S. Romfo), 7:44.
O — Seyer 9 run (Meehl kick), 4:17.
L — G. Romfo 6 run (pass failed), 1:01.
L — Delvo 49 pass from S. Romfo (Gette pass from Romfo), 10:03.
O — Nelson 19 pass from Meehl (run failed), 9:34.
L — Zimmer 29 pass from S. Romfo (run failed), 4:59.