Burros, Superlarks even the score
as Lanesboro ends season in football
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 5:35 AM
Third-seed Grand Meadow avenged a regular season loss with a convincing 35-6 win at No. 2 seed Lanesboro on Oct. 26 in the nine-man section football semi-final.
Besides facing an unexpectedly stingy Superlark defense, the Burros contributed to their demise with five turnovers. That was uncharacteristic of a group of LHS starters who had only one previous turnover in nine games.
The turnovers contributed to field position difficulties and had the Burros starting each possession in their own end of the field while GM began six of 12 possessions in LHS territory.
Both teams preferred staying on the ground, and each aired a dozen passes. Lanesboro completed five but had three intercepted - twice in the Superlark end zone.
LHS struck first on a four-play, 73-yard possession when Niko Anderson broke loose for the final 48 yards. The senior running back went on to close his high school career with 142 yards on 24 carries.
GM replied with a six-play, 70-yard drive with Landon Jacobson scoring from the 14. Wyatt Richardson's extra-point kick put the Larks ahead for good, 7-6. Jacobson would finish with 171 yards on 26 runs including four touchdowns.
Trailing by one point, LHS drove 55 yards to the GM 23 where on third and 14, the threat ended with an interception in the end zone. It appeared that the 7-6 score might hold until halftime. But like the Burros' only other loss, things got away before the break.
An interception gave GM the ball at the Burro 40. Six plays later, Jacobson scored from the 5. LHS fumbled on the kickoff return, and GM took over at the Burro 32. GM then overcame 20 yards of penalties as Jacobson ran for 14 and 23 yards to set up his three-yard TD run, and the Larks led 21-6 just seconds before halftime.
With only five Burro first downs in the second half, there would be no rally. The final two LHS turnovers would be of no real consequence.
Lanesboro was not able to completely adjust to the visitors' defensive scheme and were out-gained in total yardage 371 to 228.
On offense, GM quarterback Trenton Bleifus rushed 18 times for 106 yards and one TD. Early in the second half, he broke free for a 70 yard score, and it was 28-6.
A Superlark punt later pinned the Burros deep where the return punt gave GM the ball at the LHS 40. Two plays later, Jacobson bolted 34 yards to make it 35-6.
LHS closed with an 8-2 record while GM (9-1) heads into the section championship game for the third straight season against No. 1 seed Spring Grove. Kickoff is at 5:30 pm. at RCTC on Friday, Nov. 1.
RUSHING (38-173): Niko Anderson 24-142, TD; Gabe Decker 3-17; Garrett Boggs 8-7; Kole Ruud 1-5; Tylar Miller 1-2; Liam Dorn 1-0. PASSING: Garrett Boggs 5-11-2, 55 yds.; Niko Anderson 0-1-1. RECEIVING: Kole Ruud 2-34; Tylar Miller 1-15; Niko Anderson 2-6
TACKLES: Kole Ruud 14 (8 solos + 6 assists), Garret Boggs 12 (4+8), Gabe Decker 11 (6+5), Liam Dorn 7 (4+3), Jerael Eddy 6 (1+6), Jeremy Hanson 5 (3+2), Niko Anderson 4 (2+2), Tylar Miller 3 (2+1), Greyson Stpcker 3 (1+2), Clay Olson 2 (0+2), Tristen Chiglo 1 (0+1). SACKS: Niko Anderson 1.0, Liam Dorn 0.5, Garrett Boggs 0.5
INTERCEPTION: Garrett Boggs 1