Mabel-Canton football grinds out road win
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 8:16 AM
On Oct. 5, the Mabel-Canton Cougars (2-4, 2-3 SEC) claimed a second straight victory with a 69-18 road rout at Lyle/Pacelli. One week after snapping a 13-game losing streak, the host Athletics (1-5, 1-4 SEC) could not repeat, with five turnovers on offense and a defense could rarely slow the Cougars.
M-C blockers allowed three backs to rush for 100 yards or more. Hunter Johnson had 19 carries for 230 yards, giving him 1,162 total yards after six games. Noah Manning ran for 118 yards on 9 carries while Keyser Wenthold added 100 yards on 9 carries. The Cougars amassed a season-high 571 yards, of which 537 came on the ground.
Johnson scored four touchdowns with runs of 8, 21, 54 and 5 yards. He also kicked five extra points and ran in a two-point conversion. Manning scored on a 40-yard burst while Wenthold went 65 yards for a touchdown and later closed the scoring with an extra-point run. Donnie Lind first scored on a 34-yard pass from Collin O'Bieglo and later added a 25-yard rushing TD. In addition, offensive lineman Chris Nordsving raced 64 yards to the end zone for his first varsity touchdown. The Cougar defense also scored when Mason Henry returned an interception 39 yards across the goal line. Henry was in on two turnovers, also recovering an L/P fumble.
The Athletics' five turnovers included four interceptions, two by Manning and one by Wenthold on the final play of the first half. After L/P had driven 55 yards to the Cougar 9 yard-line, Manning reversed the field by returning an interception 53 yards. He brought the other one back 28 yards.
L/P had 359 yards of offense, 279 rushing. When the Athletics went to the air, they gained 80 yards, but M-C had 135 yards in interception returns. Quarterback Jordan Hart also lost 10 yards on two sacks by Henry and Mac Nelson.
The Athletics controlled the clock with 73 plays to only 50 snaps for M-C, but the Cougars scored quickly and often, averaging 11.4 yards per play.
M-C lost two fumbles near midfield and was stopped once on downs at the L/P 31. The Cougars never punted, scoring on 10 of 13 possessions. In between the fumbles, the Cougars scored on five straight possessions to go ahead 35-0. Henry's pick six made it 42-6 at halftime.
The 69-point total was the most scored by M-C in five years.
For L/P, Garrett Lester rushed 28 times for 116 yards. The senior back also scored on a 16-yard run with 10:42 left in the fourth quarter. Freshman Daniel Bollingberg first scored on a 19-yard pass from sophomore Jordan Hart and later bolted 66 yards to the end zone.
Mabel-Canton starter Justin Ward was out of action due to injury.
The Cougars celebrate homecoming on Friday when Glenville-Emmons comes to town. Spring Grove will visit the following Wednesday. Post-season play begins on the Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Southeast Conference 2012
FOOTBALL conf. season
W L W L
Spring Grove* 5 - 0 6 - 0
Grand Meadow 5 - 0 6 - 0
Houston 3 - 2 3 - 3
Lanesboro 2 - 3 3 - 3
Mabel-Canton 2 - 3 2 - 4
LeRoy-Ostrander 1 - 4 2 - 4
Glenville-Emmons 1 - 4 1 - 5
Lyle/Pacelli 1 - 4 1 - 5
* defending champion