Coach James Semmen congratulates his team after they clinched a three-way tie for the conference championship by beating Houston Wednesday night.  LARRY JOHNSON/REPUBLICAN LEADER
Coach James Semmen congratulates his team after they clinched a three-way tie for the conference championship by beating Houston Wednesday night. LARRY JOHNSON/REPUBLICAN LEADER
Lanesboro clinched a share of the 2013 conference championship on Wednesday, Oct 16 with a 33-8 thrashing of Houston.

In the fifth annual "Battle for the Bell," the Burros scored their second win of the season over the Hurricanes. So the heavy cast iron traveling trophy remains in Lanesboro for a fourth straight season, on the line only in the annual conference game between the Burros and Houston.

The Burros' two-point win in the non-conference, week-one meeting had gone down to the final play in the end zone, but Lanesboro took control in the rematch with back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter.

The LHS offense racked up 354 yards of total yardage (slightly more than in week one), but the Burro defense limited Houston to 220 total yards, 320 fewer than in August.

Burro running back Niko Anderson rambled for 218 yards including four touchdowns of 3, 38, 39 and 2 yards

Quarterback Garrett Boggs carried seven times for 91 yards including a 23-yard TD run that put LHS ahead 27-8 late in the third period.

Houston quarterback Christian Sires had been out of action with an injury and did not enter this game until the second half. He and receiver Brett Hoskins (three receptions, 92 yards) quickly got the Hurricanes back into the game with a 50-yard TD pass and run. That third down-and-16 play cut the LHS lead down to 13-8 early in the second half, but the 'Canes would not get close to the Burro goal line again.

After taking a 20-8 lead in the third quarter, LHS held on downs at the Burro 37. Later, Sires was intercepted by both Tylar Miller and Kohl Ruud. Sires did complete four passes (81 yards) as did first-half stand-in Hunter Leschenski (47 yards).

Totaling five quarterback sacks, Burro defenders also limited Houston to a meager 2.2 yards per run (41 caries, 92 yards).

Coach James Semmen later praised a balanced defensive performance on KFIL-Radio. Liam Dorn (2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble) had 11 tackles as did Ruud (1 sack, 1 interception).

Will Semmen was in on 10 tackles with nine each for Miller (one interception) and Jerael Eddy (1.5 sacks). Jeremy Hanson was credited with eight tackles.

Houston appeared up to the task on the game's first possession. Two Laschenski completions earned a first down on the Burro 14. Then Dorn threw Laschenski for a loss, forcing a fumble recovered by Anderson.

Hurricane frustration continued as LHS took over, methodically driving 80 yards in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, the Burros marched 71 yards beginning with a 21-yard Anderson run and ending with his 38-yard scoring sprint to make it 13-0.

Just before halftime, Houston drove to the Burro 25 before being denied on third and fourth downs.

In the second half, the black and orange offense took over with three successive scoring drives of 45, 63 and 50 yards to lead 33-8 with just under 10 minutes to play. It all came on the ground until Boggs and Ruud teamed up for a 28-yard pass down to the Houston 2 on the final TD drive.

Boggs went to the air only six timers but completed three for 29 yards with no interceptions.

With their seventh straight win over Houston, LHS closed the conference race as tri-champion along with Grand Meadow and Spring Grove. It was the Burros' first SEC title since the same three teams shared the crown in 2010 - the year LHS went on to finish as the state runner-up.

Seeding for Section 1 of nine-man football was determined by computer formula. The section playoffs began on Tuesday of this week with No. 2 seed Lanesboro hosting No. 7 Lyle/Pacelli (1-7). The Burros blasted the Athletics 83-16 in week five. If Lanesboro wins again, the Burros will have the higher seed and therefore host the Saturday night (Oct. 26) semi-final game against the winner of the quarterfinal between No. 3 Grand Meadow and No. 6 LeRoy-Ostrander. For the first time, the Nov. 1 section final must be played on artificial turf.

Burro individuals

RUSHING (50-325): Niko Anderson 25-218, 4TD; Garrett Boggs 7-91, TD; Tylar Miller 6-11; Gabe Decker 8-4; Kohl Ruud 1-3; Liam Dorn 2 (-1); team 1-(-1). PASSING: Garrett Boggs 3-6-0, 29 yds.; Niko Anderson 0-1-0

RECEIVING: Kohl Ruud 2-36; Niko Anderson 1-(-7) INTERCEPTIONS: Tylar Miler 1; Kohl Ruud 1. TACKLES: total (solo+assists) Kohl Ruud 11 (5+6); Liam Dorn 11 (3+8); Will Semmen 10 (4+6); Tylar Miller 9 (6+3); Jerael Eddy 9 (3+6); Jeremy Hanson 8 (1+78); Greyson Stocker 4 (1+3); Gabe Decker 3 (3+0); Niko Anderson 3 (2+1); Tristen Chiglo 2 (0+2); Clay Olson 1 (1+0); Zach Voeltz 1 (1+0); Mason Huerkamp 1 (0+1)

Southeast Conference 2013

FOOTBALL conf. season

End regular season W L W L

Spring Grove* 6 - 1 7 - 1

Lanesboro* 6 - 1 7 - 1

Grand Meadow* 6 - 1 7 - 1

Mabel-Canton 4 - 3 4 - 4

Houston 3 - 4 3 - 5

LeRoy-Ostrander 2 - 5 3 - 5

Lyle/Pacelli 1 - 6 1 - 7

Glenville-Emmons 0 - 7 0 - 8

* champions