On Friday, Sept. 13, Mabel-Canton gridiron squad gave up just too many big plays to their hosts from Lanesboro, falling 40-14.

"Lanesboro came out and returned the opening kickoff to our 30 and kept going from there," said Mabel-Canton coach Karl Urbaniak. "We hurt ourselves by not defending a couple of plays very well, and with a talented runner like No. 28 (Niko Anderson), he made the best of it."

Just three plays into the game, Lanesboro led 7-0 on the way to a 27-6 halftime lead.

Anderson rushed for 334 yards and scored five of the Burros' six touchdowns. The two-time Southeast Conference Back of the Year was not tackled on long scoring runs of 25, 44, 31 and 72 yards plus a two-yard TD plunge.

After Anderson went for a 49-yard first quarter scamper, the Burros failed to score when the Cougar defense stiffened on fourth down at the M-C 18. Still down only 7-0 at that point, the Cougars sprung Hunter Johnson for a 76-yard touchdown run. After veering to the sideline, Johnson received blocks from Noah Manning and Keyser Wenthold and then out-ran several Burros to the end zone.

The point-after kick was blocked, and M-C trailed 7-6. Unfortunately for the visitors, it would be 40-6 before the Cougars scored again.

Following the Burros' final TD, M-C took the kickoff and went 67 yards in five plays. Wenthold had a 21-yard run, and Johnson raced 10 and 34 yards before scoring from two yards out and also running in the extra points.

In the second half, M-C had came up scoreless on three promising possessions - twice running out of downs at the Burro four- and 21-yard lines before losing a first-down fumble on the LHS 12.

Johnson finished with 186 yards on 22 carries. Wenthold took six hand-offs for 50 yards.

Mabel-Canton had a total of 34 carries while 10 different Burros shared in 59 carries. LHS out-rushed the Cougars 493 yards to 242.

Collin O'Bieglo completed eight of 12 passes for M-C, netting 112 yards. Donnie Lind was on the receiving end five times for 79 yards. It was the most aerial yards for the team and a single receiver in the last 14 games.

Lanesboro had 23 yards through the air, amassing 516 yards of total offense to 354 for M-C. The Burros scored on six of nine possessions before the clock ran out on possession number 10.

"Our guys didn't quit..." Urbaniak noted. "And we're hoping we can use this as a learning experience for the future. We need to get back to the basics, work hard, and over time if we hang tough, the rest will take care of itself."

The Cougar B-team defeated the Burros 40-20 a week after an opening 32-0 shutout of Houston.

COUGAR INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING: Hunter Johnson 22-186, 2TD, PAT; Keyser Wenthold 6-50; Noah Manning 6-14; Collin O'Bieglo 1-(-8).

PASSING: Collin O'Bieglo 8-12-1, 112 yds.; Keyser Wenthold 0-1-0

RECEIVING: Donnie Lind 5-79; Noah Manning 2-27; Hunter Johnson 1-6