Lanesboro coach James Semmen had all his "best hands" up front for this onside kick in the final minutes of Wednesday night's game with Houston. Recovering the kick was sophomore Matthew Luck (49).  Also shown for the Burros are Dalton Gartner (34) and Kole Ruud (83).
Lanesboro coach James Semmen had all his "best hands" up front for this onside kick in the final minutes of Wednesday night's game with Houston. Recovering the kick was sophomore Matthew Luck (49). Also shown for the Burros are Dalton Gartner (34) and Kole Ruud (83).
In their regular-season finale at Houston on Oct. 17, Lanesboro jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and then held on for a 42-35 victory. The Hurricanes closed within a touchdown at 14-8, but were never able to catch the Burros.

Lanesboro offered Houston some opportunities, giving up 90 yards on 11 penalties. But the Burros won the turnover battle 3 to 0 in the first half and covered Houston's four onside kickoffs in the second half.

Five promising possessions produced no points for the home team. Sophomore Jeremy Hanson would force a Houston fumble recovered by Gabe Decker at the Burro 20 yard-line. Later Liam Dorn forced a first-down fumble recovered by Clay Olson near midfield. Decker also picked off a pass at the Burro 15. Finally, Lanesboro held on downs at their own 34 early and at the 16 in the final play of the half.

All three Burro scores in the first half came on runs by Niko Anderson (24, 2 and 70 yards). The junior running back would add a 10-yard touchdown dash in the second half, finishing the night with 33 carries for 215 yards, 4 touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversion runs. Anderson also took the second half kickoff back 85 yards for another TD and a 26-8 LHS lead. He finished the regular season with 1,538 rushing yards.

That three-score advantage lasted only seconds as Jake Englund returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a Houston TD, making the score 26-15. Two penalties then forced the Burros to punt and Houston went 74 yards in only nine plays to get back within one score at 26-21.

That's when the pendulum swung back as the Burros scored on back-to-back touchdown drives of 49 and 45 yards. When Decker capped the second possession with a nine-yard run, Lanesboro led 42-21 in the fourth quarter and the game appeared well in hand for the visitors.

Houston, however, would not go away. Quarterback Christian Sires threw a 50-yard TD pass to Mason Drake and then a 52-yard scoring pass to Tyler Hoskins. The score was 42-35 with 1:19 to play, but the Hurricane onside kick failed.

It wasn't the first time. Playing from behind and with Anderson having taken one kickoff all the way, the Hurricanes attempted four onside kickoffs in the second half. The Burros secured each one resulting in good field position.

After Matt Luck covered the final onside try, Houston was out of time outs and the Burros took three knees to end the game.

Houston outgained LHS in total yards 412 to 340. The Hurricanes were balanced with 212 yards rushing and 200 passing. Dylan Lee, at 5-foot, 7-inches and 127 pounds, rushed for 122 yards, but the Houston rally came in the air. Sires was intercepted once and sacked three times but completed 13 of 27 passes for all four Houston touchdowns from scrimmage. Hoskins caught 4 passes for 95 yards and 2 TD. Englund caught 7 for 53 yards and one TD. Drake had one reception for a 50-yard TD.

LHS stayed mainly on the ground (258 yards) but was very efficient in the air (82 yards). Garrett Boggs completed 6 of 7 including an extra-point pass to Isaac Freese who had three total catches for 59 yards. A 44-yard Boggs-to-Freese connection went down to the Houston three yard line just before the Burros went up 14-0. Anderson had three receptions for 23 yards giving him 323 all-purpose yards.

Offensive line blocking came from Olson, Freese, Jarrett Brown, Kole Ruud and Kyle Bearbower.

With double digits on defense, Gartner had 16 tackles and broke up a pass. Freese had 14 tackles including one and half sacks. Hanson was in on 9 stops, also with one and half sacks. Anderson had 8 tackles and broke up one pass.

The two teams finished in a tie for third place at 4-3 in conference games. LHS has won the last five games versus Houston including an 18-14 decision in the non-conference season opener. The SEC rematch surely decided the seeds for the section tournament with Lanesboro (5-3) at No. 3 and Houston (4-4) No. 4.

The Burros hosted a rematch with No. 6 LeRoy-Ostrander in the Oct. 23 section quarterfinal. LHS drubbed the Cardinals 68-44 in game seven (Oct. 12). The winner moves on to the Saturday, Oct. 27, semi-final versus the winner of the No. 2 Grand Meadow versus No. 7 Glenville-Emmons game. In the other half of the Section One bracket are No. 1 Spring Grove, No. 8 Lyle/Pacelli, No. 4 Houston and No. 5 Mabel-Canton.

Southeast Conference 2012

FOOTBALL conf. season

W L W L

Spring Grove* 7 - 0 8 - 0

Grand Meadow 6 - 1 7 - 1

Lanesboro 4 - 3 5 - 3

Houston 4 - 3 4 - 4

Mabel-Canton 3 - 4 3 - 5

Glenville-Emmons 2 - 5 2 - 6

LeRoy-Ostrander 1 - 6 2 - 6

Lyle/Pacelli 1 - 6 1 - 7

* defending champion