Lanesboro scores big win in football
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 6:38 AM
Playing at home, LHS dumped state-ranked No. 3 Grand Meadow 47-36 in a football game that began on Friday night and finished on Saturday afternoon. Just 15 plays unto the game, lightning forced overnight postponement with the Burros leading 8-0 in the first quarter.
Senior Luke Rogers sends this kick through the uprights for a one-point conversion. Holder Garrett Boggs also follows the flight. DAN ANDERSON/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
When the game resumed, the first play Saturday was a 68-yard TD run by LHS quarterback Garrett Boggs. Lanesboro led 15-0, and GM was never able to overcome that two-touchdown spread.
That was one of four Burro touchdowns that resembled lightning strikes; after running only nine plays, LHS led 22-6. The second half brought more quick scores. After running just four plays, the Burros had added two more touchdowns and led 34-20.
Lanesboro scored so efficiently that they snapped the ball only 46 times compared to 79 for the Superlarks. In fact, the Burros wound up using just 22 plays to complete seven scoring possessions.
Niko Anderson ran 23 times for 237 yards. The All-SEC senior was held to no gain once and was dropped for a loss seven times, but also broke free on five TD romps of 65, 44, 57, 5 and 2 yards. One of those short scoring runs was set up by his 37-yard gallop down to the GM one yard-line.
Boggs (7 carries, 125 yards) scored on two long gainers of 47 and 68 yards. The senior signal caller also completed four of six passes with no interceptions for an additional 44 yards.
LHS had a huge 389-to-65 yard margin on the ground but only out-gained GM in total yardage 433 to 414.
Senior QB Trenton Bleifus spent much of his time scrambling to avoid the Burro pass rush. Sacked seven times, he managed to complete 24 of 42 passes for 349 yards with no interceptions and two touchdowns.
Two Superlarks had 100-yard receiving games while a third gained 92 yards. Landon Jacobson caught seven passes for 121 yards while Blake Olson caught six for 101 yards including TD receptions of 22 and 19 yards. Cody Ojulu had five catches for 92 yards, and Michael Stejskal had six for 35.
Jacobson was also the Larks' rushing leader with 83 yards on 21 carries, and amassed 341 all-purpose yards when adding in kick and punt returns.
The Burros only had a short field once after GM (trailing 41-28) gambled and lost on a fourth down play at the Lark 24. That possession included a pass breakup by Will Semmen and ended with a fourth-down pass broken up by Gabe Decker. On the next play, Tylar Miller carried 18 yards to the GM 6, setting up a TD plunge by Anderson in the fourth quarter; LHS 47, GM 28.
Back in the first half, Clay Olson had a fourth-down sack of Bleifus after GM had reached the Burro 22. The stop preserved a 22-6 LHS lead. So when the Superlarks marched 65 yards on their next possession, they were still down at 22-14 at the half.
The teams traded touchdowns in the second half, always leaving GM behind by at least one TD.
Kole Ruud, who had two receptions for 21 yards on offense, led the LHS defense with 19 tackles. Will Semmen had one reception for 14 yards and 16 tackles. Liam Dorn had one reception for 9 yards and was in on 12 tackles including a solo sack, despite missing much of the second half with an injury. Olson finished with two sacks as did Anderson and Jeremy Hanson.
GM played without injured lineman/kickoff player Wyatt Richardson and lost Christopher Bain to injury during the game.
LHS had slipped below the radar after an early season loss at Spring Grove, but are now firmly in the conference race with two SEC games remaining. To gain a share of the SEC lead, LHS (5-1, 4-1 SEC) needs a win this week at LeRoy-Ostrander combined with a GM (5-1, 4-1 SEC) win over league-leading Spring Grove (6-0, 5-0 SEC).
RUSHING (40-389): Niko Anderson 23-237, 5TD, PAT; Garrett Boggs 7-125, 2 TD; Tylar Miller 6-23; Kole Ruud 1-4; Liam Dorn 1-2; Team 2-(-2). PASSING: Garrett Boggs 4-6-0, 44 yds. RECEIVING: Kole Ruud 2-21; Will Semmen 1-14; Liam Dorn 1-9. TACKLES: total (solo+assist). Kole Ruud 19 (10+9); Will Semmen 12 (6+6); Liam Dorn 12 (6+6); Greyson Stocker 7 (4+3); Jerael Eddy 7 (0+7); Niko Anderson 6 (3+3); Gabe Decker 4 (2+2); Jeremy Hanson 4 (2+2); Clay Olson 4 (2+2); Tylar Miller 3 (2+1); Garrett Boggs 2 (1+1); Tristen Chiglo 1 (1+0); Matt Luck 1 (0+1).