Melrose moved 2-0 with a 33-26 win over Yellow Medicine East.
Melrose, behind a 300 yard night from Zack Pierskalla took a 12-7 first quarter led. Pierskalla had runs of 64 and 38 yard in that quarter.
Melrose increased the lead to 25-7 seven in the second quarter as Pierskalla scored on runs of 35 and 64 yards. But the YME took the momentum and scored to cut the lead to 25-13.
Melrose's defense stopped a scoring drive with an interception in the end zone as the half ended and led 27-13.
YME kept coming back and took the lead at 2:58 in the third quarter at 26-25. Melrose then regrouped and had a sustained drive to regain the lead. Pierskalla scored on four yard run for his fifth touchdown. Tyler Braegelmann scored on a PAT pass and Melrose led 33-26.
The game became a matter holding YME as the clock wound down. YME got to the Melrose 20 before their drive stalled and Melrose was able to run out the clock.
For more information see the Sept. 10 issue of the Melrose Beacon.