Lanesboro's No. 85 Cory Mensink quickly reacts to a Lyle/Pacelli fumble and recovers it for the Burros during first half action.  Also shown for the Burros is No. 11 Isaac Freese.
Lanesboro's No. 85 Cory Mensink quickly reacts to a Lyle/Pacelli fumble and recovers it for the Burros during first half action. Also shown for the Burros is No. 11 Isaac Freese.
Lanesboro generated plenty of offense on Friday night but could not contain Lyle/Pacelli's homecoming effort, losing to the Athletics in a wild and costly nine-man football game.

The Burros (3-2, 2-2 SEC), got a 325-yard rushing effort from Niko Anderson, but were matched by the home team in total offense 443 yards to 443 yards. Both teams also ran 63 plays, with LHS winning on the ground 425 yards to 275 and the Athletics prevailing in the air 168 to 18.

Lanesboro lost the turnover battle 3 to 2 and ultimately the TD derby 7 to 6. Three Burro touchdowns were nullified by penalties.

Playing without four injured starters, the Burros lost a fifth player for most of the second half. To make matters even worse, a sixth man was lost for the remainder of the season on the final offensive play of the game.

The Athletics (1-4, 1-3 SEC) broke their 13-game losing streak and claimed their first-ever victory in 10 games versus LHS. They had scored only 38 points in the previous four Burro contests combined. L/P scored on 7 of 11 possessions against LHS with drives of 56, 70, 71, 63, 14 and 50 yards plus an 84-yard kickoff return by Garrett Lester.

Lester scored four touchdowns total with runs of 27, 6 and 55 yards. He added two 2-point conversion runs and rushed for 213 yards overall. After LHS had taken a 44-42 lead, Lester went 55 yards on the next play from scrimmage with just under three minutes to play to account for the final score. The Burros then drove 35 yards in nine plays before their last chance ended with a fourth-down sack near midfield.

Anderson scored three touchdowns on runs of 4, 1 and 6 yards along with three points-after conversion runs. He went 38 yards on his first carry of the game and later had runs of 30, 25, 22, 34 and 27 yards.

Before sitting out injured for most of the second half, Gabe Decker contributed touchdown runs of 17 and 20 yards.

The Burros completed only two passes, but both were scores. Will Semmen (2-for-5) hit Kole Ruud with a 15-yard TD toss and a two-point conversion pass. Semmen suffered a broken ankle while being sacked on the Burros' final offensive play of the night.

L/P sophomore quarterback Jordan Hart was 9 for 13 for 168 yards including a 46-yard TD toss to freshman Daniel Bollingbrook. Hart was sacked twice by Liam Dorn and Isaac Freese.

Lanesboro never punted, but lost the ball on downs at the L/P 27 and again at the L/P 40. LHS had trailed most of the first half, matching the Athletics TD-for-TD, even though they twice fell behind due to extra points. The Burros would take their first lead of 30-24 into halftime. LHS looked to be in the driver's seat at 36-24 after scoring with first possession of second half, but that was short-lived as Lester brought the ensuing kickoff back to the end zone. After recovering a Burro fumble near midfield, the Athletics took eight plays to tie it at 36-36. After recovering a Burro fumble at the LHS 14, L/P scored five plays later and led 42-36.

The Burros came right back 58 yards in eight plays to regain the lead 44-42. On the next play from scrimmage, Lester broke loose for the 55-yard game winner.

Semmen was LHS' leading tackler with 14; Ruud was in on 12 stops and Kyle Bearbower 10. Dorn, Freese and Anderson each credited with 8 tackles. Out injured was quarterback Garrett Boggs as well as two-way starters Jarrett Brown and Clay Olson. Daulton Gartner was on the field only briefly.

Up next:

Lanesboro will play at Grand Meadow on Oct. 5. One week later, they will host LeRoy-Ostrander.

Southeast Conference 2012

FOOTBALL conf. season


Spring Grove* 4 - 0 5 - 0

Grand Meadow 4 - 0 5 - 0

Lanesboro 2 - 2 3 - 2

Houston 2 - 2 2 - 3

LeRoy-Ostrander 1 - 3 2 - 3

Glenville-Emmons 1 - 3 1 - 4

Mabel-Canton 1 - 3 1 - 4

Lyle/Pacelli 1 - 3 1 - 4

* defending champion