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Twelve miles, no fingernails


Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
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By Paul Trende

The first full week of high school football competition was just that, at least for the four county squads facing off against each other. In Rushford, Fillmore Central took on the Trojans. The game came down to the final thirty seconds. On the 9-man scene, and just down the road in Houston, Lanesboro hooked up with the ‘Canes. The game came down to the final three seconds.

At the onset of the 9-man (non-conference) opener, it didn’t look like it’d come down to the very end. Lanesboro built a 21-0 early second quarter lead. Senior RB Gabe Decker started the scoring with a 73-yard sprint. The Burros took advantage of a pair of Christian Sires interceptions to post their other two scores, a 47-yard Garret Boggs to Niko Anderson pass, and a 32-yard Anderson run. Sires got the ‘Canes on the board with a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter. A couple series’ later, Sires went for 20 yards, and then finished things off from a yard out, getting Houston back into the game at 21-14. To end the first half scoring, Boggs found Decker from 7-yards away. At halftime, Lanesboro led 29-14.

Early in the second half, Sires’ third rushing TD (18 yards) again moved Houston close (29-21), but Lanesboro immediately replied. Niko’s third TD of the game (48-yard run) put the Burros ahead 36-21. Early in the fourth, Houston got a 52-yard Dylan Lee TD run, but they failed to convert the PAT, keeping it a two-possession game at 36-27. With just over 2-minutes to go, the score remained the same and the Burros seemed on the brink of victory, but things were about to get wild. Sires notched his fourth rushing TD (4 yards) of the game with 0:44 left, making the score (after PAT) 36-34. The ‘Canes on-sided and recovered, only to suffer an 11-yard sack on their very first play. Sires then found Lee deep on the next play, and after a scrum and a ball handler change, the play netted 43 total yards to the Burro 15! Suddenly, with ten ticks left, Houston was looking for the win. After a Sires 5-yard run, it all came down to three seconds and one play. Sires dropped to pass, was flushed left, thru across his body only to be intercepted in the end zone by Boggs, thus putting a crazy cap to a crazy 9-man affair.

After racking up 271 firsthalf yards, Lanesboro had just 61 in the second. They went three-and-out on five of six possessions. Meanwhile, Houston racked up 363 secondhalf yards including 14 first downs. Turnovers did them in (4-0). Anderson (19-112, 2 TDs rushing; TD receiving) naturally led the way for Lanesboro, but he got assists from Decker (3-86, TD rushing; receiving TD) and Boggs (4-9, 94 yards, 2 TD’s, 2 2-point conversions passing). Sires (19-38, 338 yards, 0 TD’s, 3 INT’s passing; 24-94, 4 TD’s rushing) carried a heavy load for Houston. He got a lot of help from 6’2” senior WR Mason Drake, who caught eight balls for 223 yards with an incredible six receptions over 25 yards. Dylan Lee was also a big factor (4-61, TD rushing; 5-68 receiving). Houston played without senior RB’s Tyler Hoskins and Peter Jergenson. They played with a female kicker. Alee Boelter was on par with the boys, making 4 of 5 PAT’s, though missing a 24-yard FG. Lanesboro kicker Lucas Rogers was 2-3 on PAT’s.

Meanwhile in Rushford, it came down to the kicking game. And R-P can be thankful they have a blossoming freshman talent. Fillmore Central was the first to hit paydirt. Good field position led to a 6-yard Tom Henry TD run making it 7-0, the only score of the first half. Enter Trojan freshman Noah Carlson (ye of two 75-plus yard scores versus Southland in week zero). The freshman got R-P on the board early in the third quarter. Taking a hand-off going left, the 155-pounder shook off a tackle, kept his balance, and then darted into the end zone from 11-yards out. A PAT tied the game at 7. Carlson was back at it later in the quarter. Immediately following a Charlie Krambeer interception, Carlson took a handoff going right and found a different gear then everyone else on the field. The 38-yard TD run put R-P 14-7.

The Falcons answered a couple series later (early in the 4th). Junior QB Bryce Whitehill’s pass was thrown into a trio of players. Collin Bennett (not in the trio) wound up with the ball via tip-drill for the 28-yard TD reception. The PAT failed, keeping R-P up 14-13. Late in the fourth, the Trojans were at the FC 26 with just over 2:00 left, but an Alex Vix fumble (Josh Jones recovery) gave FC one last chance. A McKinnen Stone halfback pass (his second of the game) to Masters was helpful (29 yards). FC pushed the ball to the R-P 14, suffered a few setbacks, only to again get to the Trojan 14. On 4th and 10, coach Chris Mensink went for the game-winning field goal with 0:20. But Zach Ansell emphatically blocked Collin Bennett’s 31-yard attempt, cementing the Trojan win. By a final of 14-13, R-P edged FC in a Blue Division battle. Carlson paced R-P (10-78 yards, 2 TD’s rushing all in the 2nd half). The rest of the Trojans combined for just 130 yards (on 30 plays), as FC’s defense held All-Conference players Cole Kingsley and Vix to a combined 20 carries for 62 yards. Logan Masters, FC’s 5’7” senior WR, was explosive when he got the rock (5-95 receiving; 4 punt returns for 58 yards). Tom Henry led FC on the ground (10-55, TD rushing). The Trojans upped their Blue Division record to 2-0.

Cougars Win Own

Labor Day Tourney

Heading into it, the 5th ranked Mabel-Canton Cougars were odd-on favorites to come out on top of their own Labor tournament. But, the tourney wasn’t necessarily about who came out on top. It was about good early season competition, a full day of endless volleyball repetition. M-C wasn’t the only squad that got plenty of work. Rushford-Peterson, Houston, Cotter, Eastern Allamakee (Waukon), Brainerd, and Spring Grove all took part. The county schools composed three of the top four finishers.

M-C’s path to the title was workmanlike, with a bit of intrigue. They blew through the pool play segment with a 6-0 record, beating Eastern Allamakee (25-6, 25-13), Cotter (25-21, 25-13), R-P (25-18, 25-16), Houston (25-14, 25-7), Spring Grove (25-9, 25-18), and Brainerd (25-10, 22-25). The Warriors offered up the only hiccup. The Cougars remembered that lost set when the two teams met each other for the title. M-C jumped out to 15-2 and 13-2 leads in the finals against AAA Brainerd. They won going away 25-9 and 25-8. Belle Sand (48 kills, 11 aces), Christine Lee (60 digs), Carly McCabe (134 assists), Sara Lind (13.5 blocks), and Lydia Geving (11 aces) were M-C’s tournament leaders. The wins moved M-C’s record to 9-0 on the season (2-0 in the SEC). Lonnie Morken’s career win total moved to 499.

Meanwhile, R-P and Houston were like every other team in the field. They slugged it out, typically splitting sets. On top of losing to M-C, the Trojans fell to Brainerd (10-25, 16-25). They beat Cotter (25-15, 22-25), Eastern Allamakee (25-16, 18-25), Spring Grove (21-25, 25-18), and Houston (25-20, 22-25) to go 4-2 in pool play. Houston, on top of losing to M-C and R-P, fell to Brainerd (15-25, 22-25), and Eastern Allamakee (25-23, 16-25). They beat Spring Grove (25-23, 26-28) and Cotter (17-25, 25-14) to go 2-4, but won enough sets to match up with R-P in the 3rd place game. There, R-P downed Houston 2-0 (25-17, 25-22). Set number two wasn’t without its excitement though, as the Trojans led 18-9 at one point, only for the ‘Canes to tie things at 18. After all the festivities, R-P’s record is 5-3 overall (0-1 in the 3-Rivers). Houston’s record is 4-5 overall (2-0 in the SEC).

Football

8-30:

•Goodhue 40, Kingsland 6 (Score was 8-6 after a quarter. Knights are 0-2 overall and in league)

•Spring Grove 53, M-C 6 (M-C: Hunter Johnson 17-108 yards, TD rushing. SG: Caleb Happel 23-223, 3 TD’s rushing; Matt Schleich 9-148, 3 TD’s rushing. Lions led 38-6 at halftime)

•Wabasha-Kellogg 14, Chatfield 39 (C: Jake Neis 14-93, 3 TDs rushing; Alex Bradt 9-68, TD rushing; Alex Haffner rushing TD; Jayme LaPlante TD reception from Nate Skare. W-K: Austin Baab 6-11, 66 yds, 2 INT’s; 19-118 rushing. Teams combined to score 47 first half points, 6 second half points. Gophers are 1-1 in league and overall)

Volleyball

8-27:

•Lanesboro 3, Glenville-Emmons 2 • 26-24, 25-17, 11-25, 15-25, 15-10 (L: Kaia Hongerholt 5 kills; Olivia Haug 4 kills, 13-14 serving; Steph Erickson 41 assists. Burros equal 2012 win total in first game)

•Houston 3, Lyle/Pacelli 1 • 22-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-15 (H: Abbey Loken 14 kills, 13 digs, 6 aces)

•#5 in A M-C 3, LeRoy-Ostrander 0 • 25-3, 25-5, 25-4 (M-C: Belle Sand 6 kills including number 1,000; C. McCabe 16 assists; Coranda Vickerman 10 aces; S. Lind 4 kills, 3.5 blocks; L. Geving 6 aces)

•Stewartville 3, Kingsland 0 • 10-25, 5-25, 15-25 (K: Brianna Musel 4 kills; Rialie Fenske 10 digs)

8-29:

•#10 in A Wabasha-Kellogg 3, R-P 2 • 22-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-19, 7-15 (R-P: Bailey Holien/Sierra McNamer 4 kills; Kendra Crawford 8 digs, 3 aces)

•Schaeffer Academy 3, Lanesboro 2 • 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 16-25, 13-25 (L: O. Haug 8 kills; Alexis Jergenson 7 kills, 4 blocks; K. Hongerholt; 7 kills; S. Erickson 27 assists, 7 aces. Burros are 1-1 in league and overall)

•Houston 3, Hope Lutheran 1 • 25-9, 25-15, 15-26, 25-12 (H: A. Loken 12 kills, 2 aces; Natalie King 6 kills; Alexa Horihan 16 assists; Valerie Hibbs 15 assists)

•Caledonia 0, #9 in AA Chatfield 3 • 25-23, 25-11, 25-7 (Chat: Brook Irish 8 kills; Alex Duxbury 12 digs, 2 aces; Gabrielle Salisbury 19 assists, 5 digs, 2 aces; Kirsten Keefe 7 kills, 7 digs)

•Spring Grove 0, #5 in A M-C 3 • 25-11, 25-13, 25-14 (M-C: B. Sand 13 kills, 8 digs; L. Geving 11 digs, 8 aces; C. Lee 11 digs; S. Lind 5 kills, 4.5 blocks; C. McCabe 17 assists, 10 digs)

•Cotter 0, #9 in Fillmore Central 3 • 25-20, 25-13, 25-8 (FC: Taylor Case 9 kills, 4 aces; Tori Peterson 7 kills; Morgan Malley 6 kills, 18 assists; Tayah Barnes 6 digs, 5 aces. Falcons are 1-0 in league and overall)

•Lewiston-Altura 3, Kingsland 1 • 23-25, 15-25, 25-17, 21-25 (K: Kailynn Hamersma 5 kills, 4 aces; B. Musel 5 kills. Knights are 0-2 overall an in league)

Cross Country

8-29:

•Stewartville Invitational (Boys Team: Cotter (1st), P-E-M (2nd), La Crescent (3rd), Chatfield (7th), L/FC (16th of 18). Kingsland Incomplete. Boys Individual (county top 25): Christian Bance 14th (Chatfield), Travis Troendle 24th (L/FC). Top Knight: Dane Gillespie (65th). Girls Team: Lake City (1st, Stewartville (2nd), P-E-M (3rd), Chatfield (7th of 16). L/FC and Kingsland incomplete. Girls Individual (county top 25): Kiera Olson 5th (L/FC), Karen Gomez 8th (Chat), Leah Ruen 22nd (L/FC). Top Knight: Erica Earley (32nd). Both varsity races were shortened to 3,200 meters due to heat.)

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