Burro boys dismantle Knights at Homecoming, 34-15

RON MAYER/NEWS LEADER Playing his first game of the season due to an injury, Caden Anderson made his presence known as a receiver for the Burros in the game against Kingsland.

RON MAYER/NEWS LEADER Ben Snyder strips the ball from the Kingsland quarterback in Lanesboro’s Homecoming game Friday.
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Lanesboro celebrated Homecoming with a 34-15 clubbing of 9-man newcomer Kingsland. Despite the 49 total points on that Sept. 27 scoreboard, there was plenty of great defense, especially from the Burros.

On offense, Seth Semmen triggered the successful Lanesboro attack by completing 10 of 18 passes for 166 yards, including touchdown tosses to Ben Snyder and Caden Anderson.

Coming off the injured list, Anderson was making a long-awaited first appearance of the season. The junior receiver finished with four receptions for 53 yards.

The boys also welcomed back Jake Gathje, who had missed the previous two games with an injury.

The Kingsland "D" was effective at times, but the recently realigned stop troops from Lanesboro were dominant. The Burros gave up only one first down during the Knights’ first six possessions while the home team was scoring 21 points.

The Lanesboro offense proved more than capable while driving 63 yards in nine plays on the Burros' first possession. JT Rein scored on a 14-yard carry and booted the extra point.

The next two LHS scoring possessions started in Knight territory with a short Kingsland punt and a 35-yard interception return by Cale Anderson down to the Kingsland 31.

After that punt went out of bounds at the Knight 40, Semmen threw to Snyder for 39 yards to set up a three-yard touchdown run by Gathje. A Rein PAT kick made it 14-0.

The Burros were unable to take advantage when Hayden Lawstuen forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. But Lanesboro was soon back in business after Snyder's interception.

LHS overcame a penalty with Semmen hitting Snyder with a 28-yard pass and then to Snyder again with a 10-yard touchdown toss.

Four of Kingsland's seven total first downs and more than half of the visitor's total offense came against the LHS reserves late in the fourth quarter.

The Lanesboro starting defense was pitching a shutout until an errant Lanesboro punt snap went 35 yards back to the Burro 15 yard-line. The Knights were able to score on a 15-yard pass from William Jahn to Lucas Howard to make it 21-7 at halftime.

Overall, due to the Burros’ engulfing defense, seven of 13 Lanesboro possessions began in Kingsland territory with another at the 50 yard-line.

Second-half scoring was ignited by Austin Moen recovering a Knight punt-return fumble at the KHS 22. A 12-yard pass from Semmen to Rein set up Rein's 7-yard TD run and PAT kick to make it 28-7.

After a failed fourth-down run at the Kingsland 23, the Burros soon cashed in after Trevor Atkinson blocked a Knight punt back to the 25 yard-line. Semmen passed to Caden Anderson for the final 13 yards and a 34-7 lead with eight minutes to play.

The Knights would then earn 75 of their 139 total yards on a 10-play drive with James Howard scoring on a 15-yard TD run and a two-point conversion carry in the final minute of play.

Before that final possession, the LHS starting defense had limited the Knights to only 1.9 yards per play.

Two Kingsland passers combined to complete only 5 of 23 passes with the interception by Cale Anderson and two quarterback sacks by Snyder.

Lanesboro's lone turnover came with the errant punt snap while the Knights lost two fumbles on a kickoff return and a punt return.

Punters saw some action with Lanesboro forcing eight Kingsland punts. For the Burros, Rein averaged over 18 yards while returning four of those punts (73 yards) and then averaged over 33 yards while punting four times himself.

Kingsland remained winless after five games while Lanesboro improved to 2-3 (2-2 sub-district).

This week and next

The Burros travel to Adams on Oct. 6 to take on Southland. This 9-man newcomer was state-ranked No. 3 last week before suffering the first loss of the season to No. 2 LeRoy-Ostrander, 26-21.

It is then back on the Burro bus the next week to LeRoy-Ostrander.