Mabel-Canton notched its first shutout of the season on Friday and Saturday versus Lyle-Pacelli, 26-0. It was 14-0 at halftime on Friday night when lightning forced a postponement until the following afternoon.

The Cougars (3-3, 3-2 SEC) stopped the Athletics on fourth downs at the M-C 12, 43, 5 and 21 yard-lines while the M-C offense crafted four scoring drives of 62, 63, 57 and 62 yards.

Mabel-Canton held a slim 6-0 lead when the Athletics marched 64 yards to the M-C 9, but a furious pass rush ended the drive with a fourth-down Collin O'Bieglo sack of L/P quarterback Jordan Hart.

Later with M-C leading 14-0, Donnie Lind tackled sophomore running back Daniel Bollingberg two yards short of a first down at the Cougar 43.

The longest drive of the game (70 yards) ended with L/P being denied on a fourth-and-one on the Cougar five as Bollingberg was stopped again by a surge of the defensive line.

The final L/P threat ended with an incomplete fourth-down pass from the M-C 21.

For the Cougars, O'Bieglo completed six of 12 passes (one interception) for 114 yards including a 42-yard TD toss down the sideline to Keyser Wenthold. The other three Cougar touchdowns came with 36, 23 and two-yard runs by Hunter Johnson, who finished with a season-high 237 yards on 34 carries (7.0-yard average). Johnson also ran in a two-point conversion.

Noah Manning, who came in averaging 10 carries per game, saw limited action due to an injury and did not have a carry versus L/P. He did catch two passes for 41 yards.

With M-C limiting L/P to an average of only 2.7 yards per rush, Hart completed eight of 19 passes for 161 yards. Taylor Wobschall caught five for 101 yards.

Besides the two sacks, Hart was intercepted by Mitch Kuhn late in the game.

The M-C offense came up scoreless on its first two possessions, but turned things around prior to the lightning delay. After losing a fumble at the L/P 15 and reaching the L/P 25 before being intercepted, the Cougars scored on their next two tries to lead 14-0 at halftime.

Defense made the difference. Although losing the turnover battle, two to one, M-C was able to move the chains by converting seven of 14 third-down plays while limiting L/P to a meager two for 13.

With 279 yards on the ground, M-C out-gained L/P overall 393 yards to 257.

The Cougars improved to 3-3 (3-2 SEC) while the Athletics left at 1-5 (1-4 SEC). M-C has won all 10 football games played against L/P.

Cougar individuals

RUSHING (57-279): Hunter Johnson 34-237, 3 TD, PAT; Keyser Wenthold 13-41; Weston Whalen 2-4; Wayne Ross 3-4; Jon Selness 1-(-1); Mitch Kuhn 2-(-1); Collin O'Bieglo 2-(-5). PASSING: Collin O'Bieglo 6-12-1, 114 yds, TD; Keyser Wenthold 0-1-0.

RECEIVING: Keyser Wenthold 1-42, TD; Noah Manning 2-41; Donnie Lind 2-18; Mac Nelson 1-1

Up next

The Cougars travel to Glenville-Emmons on Friday, Oct. 11. The final regular season game will be Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Spring Grove.