Laconia coach Mark Madigan asked his offensive line to open some running lanes. They answered the call in the Spartans’ 40-8 season opening nonconference home win against Mauston.
The Spartans used big plays to rack up the points. Cody Moon finished with 217 yards on 10 carries — four of which went for touchdowns of 60, 60, 6 and 50 yards.
Laconia’s other two scores were on a 55-yard pass play from Nick Vollmer to Levin VandeBerg and a late 32-yard run by Jacob Redecer.
“I gave [the offensive line] a challenge. Give Cody a good start; give any of our running backs a three-yard start and let them make cuts,” Madigan said, “and that’s exactly what our offensive line did. They blew some holes open, that’s where the explosive plays came from.”
Laconia finished with 372 yards rushing, and dominated the game defensively after allowing a scoring drive early in the second quarter. Madigan credited defensive tackle Dan Degner for coming off the bench and sparking the defense starting in the second quarter on.
Lakeside Lutheran 38, WLA 6
Lakeside Lutheran’s punishing offensive line was too much for WLA to handle at Viking Field.
Three Warriors rushed for at least 70 yards and they finished with 328 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
WLA prevented the shutout with a short run by quarterback Matt Edwards who finished with 121 yards on 18 carries.
“It was difficult for us to put things together,” WLA coach Bill Heinkel said. “Our kids played hard; they’ll just have to continue to improve.”
WLA has the unenviable task of bouncing back against Springs next Friday at WLA.
St. Joe’s 47, Lomira 8
Lomira had the first drive it was looking for. Unfortunately for the Lions, the rest of the game didn’t go as well at home against Kenosha St. Joseph.
Ethan Hackbarth connected with Mitch Scharschmidt for a 14-yard touchdown pass just 3 minutes into the game. But St. Joe’s answered with 34 points in the half, and Lomira couldn’t get anything going.
“They were just physical,” said Lomira coach Seth Larson. “I think our inexperience really shined through in the second quarter. The wheels came off after a couple mental mistakes, and we weren’t ready to recover.”
Scharschmidt led Lomira in receiving yards (77) and rushing yards (30), but he had a 70-yard touchdown called back on a penalty.
Lourdes Academy 28, North Fondy 20
The visiting Knights scored at 9:28 left in the game and then not only converted a two-point conversion, they converted from 8-yards out to go ahead by eight point.
The host Orioles stormed right back and scored only 25 second later when Ross Schwartz ran in from 30 yards away, but the North Fondy 2-point pass in attempt to tie the game failed and the Orioles couldn’t get back into scoring position again.
Lourdes tacked on a late touchdown.
The game was tied at 14-14 at halftime. North Fondy’s Logan Krueger had a 1-yard touchdown run, then Schwartz broke a 63-yarder. Schwartz had 187 yards and two TDs on 23 carries to lead all ballcarriers.
“We saw a lot of improvement, no question about it,” said North Fondy coach Zac Ruch. “We’re very happy with some of the performances.”