Niko Anderson of the Burros looks for a running lane against Spring Grove. JON SPELTZ/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
Niko Anderson of the Burros looks for a running lane against Spring Grove. JON SPELTZ/REPUBLICAN-LEADER
In the Sept. 6 conference opener for both football squads, Lanesboro traveled to Spring Grove. The Burros suffered a setback, 42-14.

The key plays probably occurred just before halftime as Lanesboro scored once and Spring Grove twice. LHS had closed to within a touchdown late in the second quarter, but 13 seconds later Spring Grove answered with a spectacular one-handed 80-yard touchdown grab by Dustin Vickerman. Two plays later, Lion freshman Damon Cody forced a fumble which was recovered by Vickerman on the Burro 26 with 1:04 seconds to go before halftime. It would be the only turnover of the game. On a fourth-down Harrison Speltz plunged six yards into the end zone and then added an extra-point run. In a minute and a half, a one-score spread had become a 30-8 halftime count.

Lion Matt Schleich took only five handoffs, but back-to-back touchdown sprints of 75 and 58 yards put the game away for the Lions in the third quarter.

Caleb Happel rushed for 192 yards for SG while the Lion defense limited Burro two-time SEC Back of the Year Niko Anderson to 89 yards.

However, Anderson provided a jaw-dropper when he chased an errant punt snap back into his end zone and still got off a punt while sidestepping a Lion tackler. Amazingly the punt went about 30 yards but was officially only 4 yards to the Burro 28. Six plays later, SG quarterback Keenan Siminski bolted 11 yards for an 8-0 Lion lead. Early in the second quarter, Happel raced 46 yards for a touchdown, and his second extra-point run made it 16-0.

Late in the same period, Lanesboro marched 63 yards in nine plays with Anderson breaking three tackles on a 14-yard touchdown run. Anderson then ran in the extra points, and the Burros were back in contention at 16-8 a minute and a half before halftime.

Unfortunately for the Burros, on the next play from scrimmage Siminski aired a perfect strike to Vickerman who, sandwiched between a Burro defender and the sideline, made a one-handed catch at full speed. Suddenly, it was 22-8.

The Lions upped it to 42-8 after their first three plays of the second half with Schleich's two long-range gallops. In the fourth quarter, Lanesboro capped a 58-yard drive when quarterback Garrett Boggs perfectly executed a fourth-down fake before racing outside for 25 yards to close the scoring.

Boggs completed two of six passes for 19 yards, a 12-yard toss to Kole Ruud and a seven-yarder to Anderson. Siminski had two passes dropped but still completed three of 8 for 99 yards and a touchdown, all to Vickerman. Both juniors were enjoying their second varsity start. SG added 408 yards on the ground to outgain LHS overall 507 to 210 yds.

Burro individuals

RUSHING: Niko Anderson 22-89, TD, PAT; Garrett Boggs 6-42, TD; Gabe Decker 10-38; Tylar Miller 8-22. PASSING: Garrett Boggs 2-6-0, 19 yds. RECEIVING: Kole Ruud 1-12; Niko Anderson 1-7. TACKLES: Will Semmen 14, Greyson Stocker 9, Jeremy Hanson 7, Gabe Decker 7, Kole Ruud 7, Cory Mensink 5 (1 sack), Clay Olson 5, Tylar Miller 5, Jerael Eddy 3, Niko Anderson 3, Eric Holst 3, Steven Rein 3, Bailey Eide-Hungerholt 2, Markus Mulvihill 1, Matt Luck 1, Tristan Chiglo 1, Garrett Boggs 1.

SEC Football

Grand Meadow 1-0 SEC, 2-0 season

Spring Grove 1-0, 2-0

Mabel-Canton 1-0, 1-1

Lyle/Pacelli 1-0, 1-1

Lanesboro 0-1, 1-1

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-1, 1-1

Houston 0-1, 0-2

Glenville-Emmons 0-1, 0-2


Mabel-Canton 26, Houston 20

Spring Grove 42, Lanesboro 14

Grand Meadow 64, LeRoy-Ostrander 16

Lyle/Paceli 54, Glenville-Emmons 34

THIS WEEK - Friday 7 p.m.

Mabel-Canton at Lanesboro

Spring Grove at Houston

Lyle/Pacelli at LeRoy-Ostrander

Grand Meadow at Glenville-Emmons