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Photo by Jennifer Brandes/Journal Sports Correspondent Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop’s Rex Monson avoids a tackle during GFW’s home prep football game with Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons on Friday night in Winthrop.

WINTHROP — Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop crushed Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons 52-14 on Friday in Mid Southeast District football action.

The win evened GFW’s season record at 1-1. It was the home opener for the Thunderbirds.

Both teams entered the contest with mixed results. GFW lost 32-6 to Mayer Lutheran last week, while the Knights snapped a 14-game losing streak when they defeated Winona Cotter 40-14.

The Knights got themselves in trouble early in the first quarter. A botched snap on a punt gave the Thunderbirds good field position. Two plays later, Nick TenEyck scored on a 1-yard run with 9:08 left. Dominic Rose passed the ball to Rex Monson, who scored for 2 extra points and an 8-0 lead.

The Thunderbirds then recovered an AC/GE fumble. Two plays later, Rose tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to TenEyck at the 8:03 mark of the first quarter. Justin Messner ran the ball in for 2 more points and a 16-0 Thunderbird lead.

Four minutes later, GFW struck again when Jason Messner scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. Rose tried to pass the ball to Garret Schmidt for a 2-point conversion, but the pass was incomplete.

Rose handed the ball to Justin Messner, who scored with 9 seconds left. Rose tried to pass to Monson for the 2-point conversion, but it was no good.

Rose gave the ball to Santos, who scored on a 1-yard run with 6:54 left in the second quarter. The Thunderbirds were successful on their try for a 2-point conversion, which made it 36-0 GFW.

Monson intercepted an errant Landon Mattson pass. That turnover eventually resulted in a GFW touchdown. That score came when Rose handed the ball to Schmidt for a 1-yard TD run. Rose handed off the ball to Santos, who went slant right for the 2-point conversion.

GFW led 44-0 at half time.

In the third quarter, Rose tried to hand off the ball to Monson, who fumbled and the Knights recovered the ball. With 5:12 left, Jaden Linn went 23 yards for their first touchdown. Mattson kicked for the extra point. It was 44-7 GFW at that point.

Garret Schmidt answered for GFW when he scored on a 43-yard touchdown run with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter. The score was 52-7 GFW after three quarters of play.

Early in the fourth quarter, GFW tried to get a first down on a fourth-down play. The Knights took over on downs.

Mattson handed the ball to Brody Ignaszewski, who kept the drive alive with a run for an important first down. With 6:22 remaining in the game, Mattson tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Erickson. Mattson kicked the ball through the uprights for 1 point.

GFW will travel to Cleveland on Friday.

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