Niko Anderson stretches out to score his 102nd career touchdown breaking the all-time state record.
Niko Anderson stretches out to score his 102nd career touchdown breaking the all-time state record.
Lanesboro cranked out 585 total yards of offense at LeRoy-Ostrander on Friday, defeating the Cardinals 56-26. The Burro victory, coupled with Grand Meadow's 12-7 win over previously unbeaten Spring Grove, left all three teams tied atop conference standings with 5-1 SEC marks and overall 6-1 records with one game remaining.

Niko Anderson, who had broken the state rushing touchdown record the previous week, added to his TD total against L-O with five more scores, breaking another state record. That gave him a new state-record 102 career touchdowns of any type. Anderson had one long scoring run called back but still reached the end zone on runs of 67, 18, 5, 1 and 6 yards while shredding L-O for 268 yards on 29 carries.

Garrett Boggs rushed for 77 yards with Gabe Decker running for 76. Tylar Miller had 44 rushing yards while Liam Dorn closed the scoring with a 1-yard TD run.

The Burros went aloft only 11 times as Boggs completed six passes with no interceptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Kole Ruud caught three passes (91 yards) including TD tosses of 47 and 37 yards. Luke Rogers kicked two extra points.

Those 120 passing yards and the Burros' total yardage were both season-highs for LHS. And 465 rushing yards were second only to the 493 gained against Mabel-Canton.

L-O (2-5, 1-5 SEC) had a balanced attack with 172 yards rushing, 177 passing.

Junior quarterback Jace Bunne (12 for 23) burned the Burros with 34 and 57-yard TD passes to Sam Roe and a 28-yard scoring toss to Nate Bunne. Nate Bunne (a senior) snagged a total of nine passes for 83 yards and raced 59 yards for the Cards' only rushing TD.

Operating out of a shotgun formation, Jace Bunne led L-O rushers with 78 yards (19 carries) and passed for 177. He was intercepted twice (by Ruud and Dorn).

Averaging just under 35 points per game, the Cardinals scored seven plays after taking the opening kickoff. And despite losing two fumbles, L-O trailed only 13-12 in the second quarter. The LHS defense then took control while the Burro offense continued to pile on the points.

The Burros were stopped on downs on their first possession at the L-O 40 but scored on nine of their next 10 opportunities. Once they got rolling, the Orange and Black wound up converting seven of 10 third down plays.

LHS led 44-12 before L-O scored on two late long plays.

Jeremy Hanson had a team-high 10 tackles while Dorn (one sack, one interception), Decker and Will Semmen each were credited with seven tackles. Miller was in on six stops including a sack shared with Hanson.

LHS had no turnovers while taking advantage of four from L-O (two fumbles, two interceptions).

Areas of concern for LHS would be the 12 penalties for 120 yards and converting only two of nine extra-point plays.

The Burros have won 11 straight against the Cards and lead the nine-man football series 11-2.

Up next

The Burros hosted a rematch with Houston on Wednesday in the regular season finale. Details of that game will be in the next Republican-Leader. LHS is expected to receive one of the top three playoff seeds and host a quarterfinal game as the section tournament begins on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The highest seed will again host the Saturday, Oct. 26, section semi-finals, but for the first time, the Minnesota State High School League is requiring that the section championship games (Nov. 1) be played on artificial turf.

Burro individuals

RUSHING: Niko Anderson29-268, 5 TD; Garrett Boggs 9-77, TD; Gabe Decker 11-76; Tylar Miller 9-44; Liam Dorn 2-1, TD; team knee 1-(-1). PASSING: Garrett Boggs 6-11-0, 120 yds. 2 TD. RECEIVING: Kole Ruud 3-91, 2TD; Tylar Miller 2-15; Will Semmen 1-14. TACKLES: total (solo+assist) Jeremy Hanson 10 (4+6). Will Semmen 7 (5+2), Gabe Decker 7 (3+4), Liam Dorn 7 (1+6), Tylar Miller 6 (4+2), Tristen Chiglo 5 (1+4), Kole Ruud 4 (2+2), Greyson Stocker 4 (2+2), Jerael Eddy 3 (1+2), Mason Huerkamp 2 (1+1), Steven Rein 2 (1+1), Matt Luck 2 (0+2), Eric Holst 2 (0+2), Niko Anderson 1 (1+0), Clay Olson 1 (0+1), Zach Voeltz 1 (0+1). SACKS: Liam Dorn 1.0, Niko Anderson 1.0, Jeremy Hanson 0.5, Tylar Miller 0.5.