Burro boys trade long drives, conquer Cardinals at Homecoming

Burro ball carrier Ben Snyder breaks past LeRoy-Ostrander defender behind a block from Andrew Luck (No. 29) during Lanesboro’s homecoming victory Friday night. LORI CRUM/NEWS LEADER

Lanesboro tacklers Carson Schwichtenberg (No. 1), Caden Anderson (No. 11) and an unidentified teammate bring down LeRoy-Ostrander’s Chase Johnson as Riley Cambern (No. 31) and Connor Ruen (No. 28) approach. LORI CRUM/NEWS LEADER
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Homecoming was a very good night for the Lanesboro football team. The Burros had success both in the air and on the ground during a 26-8 win over LeRoy-Ostrander.

The Burros answered a couple of long L-O drives with long scoring drives of their own during the win. The Burros evened their record at 2-2 at the halfway point of the season (1-2 sub-district).

Carson Schwichtenberg completed 10 of 14 passes for 151 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown toss to Andrew Luck, who finished with 112 receiving yards on only five receptions.

Freshman JT Rein carried the load on the ground, rushing for 195 yards, including a three-yard touchdown run plus an extra-points conversion carry. Schwichtenberg figured into two more touchdowns (on only four carries), scoring on 12 and one-yard runs.

Each team put together two drives covering 80 yards or more, but both attacks were frustrated with two scoreless drives that were denied close to the goal line. The Cardinals (1-3) had four possessions end on downs, most notably twice deep in Lanesboro territory.

LeRoy-Ostrander’s suffering was twice compounded as the Burros answered each time with long touchdown drives. L-O saw a 14-play drive end at the LHS 11 yard-line with Connor Ruen and Joe Gathje combining for a fourth down stop for no gain. Lanesboro then launched an 89-yard drive (11 plays) to take a 20-0 halftime lead.

Later in the game, injured Cardinal quarterback Trey Hungerholt came off the bench to engineer a 95-yard, 10-play possession that ended with a Lanesboro goal line stand at the one. The Burros then went 98 yards (9 plays) to go ahead 26-0 early in the fourth quarter with Schwichtenberg running in from the 12.

Lanesboro also came up empty twice while they were deep in Cardinal territory. Leading 6-0, the Burros drove 50 yards to the L-O 6 yard-line before the Cards held on fourth down.

Later, leading 20-0, LHS traveled 67 yards (10 plays) to the L-O two-yard line before a failed fourth down run.

As the teams traded long marches, those two defensive stands by L-O prevented an all-out rout as the Burros still scored on four of nine possessions with no turnovers.

Ironically, after their two long scoreless drives, the Cardinals finally got on the scoreboard with an 80-yard pass in the final minute. The third L-O quarterback, freshman Levi Royston connected with freshman Tanner Olson to avoid the shutout.

Hongerholt, the most heralded Cardinal, did not play in the first half while nursing an ankle injury. But the senior quarterback completed six of eight passes for 95 yards in that 95-yard drive while overcoming two sacks before leaving the game after being tackled near the goal line

With Royston's 80-yard pass and starter Riley Olson completing nine of 16, the Cardinals gained 221 of their 310 yards in the air with seven different receivers catching a pass. But Olson was sacked twice and also intercepted by Caden Anderson - the only turnover of the game.

Bodie Mayer had two solo sacks and shared a third with Carter Clarke. Andrew Luck sacked Hongerholt after L-O had reached the Burro four yard-line.

Lanesboro finished with 249 yards rushing and 151 passing to outgain the visitors overall 400 yards to 310. The LHS defense allowed just 3.3 yards per rushing play.


The schedule won’t be any easier for Lanesboro on Friday night, Sept. 28, as they host the defending state champion and currently No. 1 ranked team from Spring Grove (4-0, 3-0 sub-district). Kickoff in Lanesboro is 7 p.m.


East Sub-District Football

Houston…………3-0 (4-0 all)

Spring Grove……3-0 (4-0 all

Randolph………..2-1 (3-1 all)

Grand Meadow…2-1 (3-1 all)

Mabel-Canton…..1-2 (2-2 all)

Lanesboro……….1-2 (2-2 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander 0-3 (1-3 all)

Lyle/Pacelli………0-3 (0-4 all)


Lanesboro 26, L-O 8

LHS---6---14---0---6 = 26

L-O----0---0----0---8 =  8



JT Rein 25-1954, TD (+PAT)

Carson Schwichtenberg 4-15, 2TD

Connor Ruen 5-32

Nate Betz 2-5

Jake Gathje 4-4

Ben Snyder 1-2

Austin Moen 2-(-2)

Team 2-(-2)

PASSING: Schwichtenberg

10-14-0, 151 yds. TD


Andrew Luck 5-112, TD,

Carter Clarke 4-28,

Caden Anderson


Schwichtenberg 1-33

Ben Snyder 2-71 (35.5)


Caden Anderson 1-3 yds.


Bodie Mayer 2.5

Andrew Luck 1.0

Carter Clarke 0.5


Connor Ruen 1-13

Nate Betz 1-12




YARDAGE (rush+pass)

>>LHS 400 (249+151)

>>L-O 310 (89+221)

RUSHING: att.-yards (avg.)

LHS 45-249 (5.5) 3 TD

L-O 27-89 (3.3)

PASSES: comp-att-int, yds.

LHS 10-14-0, 151 yds. TD

L-O 16-25-1, 221 yds. TD

Sacks allowed: LHS 0, L-O 4

TD:   L-O 1 pass

   LHS 3 rush, 1 pass

PAT:  L-O 1-1 (1-1 pass)

LHS 1-4 (0-2 kick, 1-2 run)


YARDS/play: LHS 6.8, L-O 6.0


LHS 0-0, L-O 0-0



LHS 5-50, L-O 5-29

3rd downs: LHS 7-12, L-O 2-12

4th downs: LHS 0-2, L-O 2-6

Red zone: LHS 4-6, L-O 0-2

First downs: LHS 17, L-O 11

Plays/20+ yards: LHS 7, L-O 4