Gibraltar and Sevastopol both cruised to easy wins in high school 8-man football games Friday night to set up their showdown between the two teams next Friday.
Anthony Laughlin threw four touchdown passes and rushed for one score as Gibraltar routed Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas, 52-6, and Blake Bowden tossed five scoring strikes to lead Sevastopol over Oneida Nation, 70-8.
AT GIBRALTAR: Laughlin connected twice on touchdowns with Thor Johnson, from 74 and 23 yards, and once each with Evan Reinhardt and Andrew Iding. He finished 9-of-13 passing for 222 yards, with Johnson catching four for 100 yards.
“I liked his ability to read defenses, check down to his second and third receivers, make some plays,” Vikings coach Pat Keehan said about Laughlin’s game. “I was very impressed tonight.
“Overall, I thought the kids put four quarters together tonight, and that’s what I wanted to see from them. We fumbled a couple times, but we were able to recover. The defense was fairly solid.”
AT ONEIDA NATION: The Pioneers took charge with 48 points in the second quarter, aided by Ethan Kroll’s 15-yard touchdown return of his second blocked punt in as many weeks, leading them to a 64-0 lead at halftime.
“We opened up playing real well on offense, and the defense shut them down,” Sevastopol coach Justin Skiba said. “Ethan has speed off the edge; he’s tough to block.”
The Pioneers outgained the Thunderhawks 492-23, with 323 of those yards coming on the ground. Hunter Evenson rushed for 137 yards on just five carries, including touchdown runs of 50 and 67 yards, and Kroll added a 26-yard TD run.
Quin Schram led the Sevastopol receivers with 4 catches for 85 yards, three of those touchdowns of 30, 8 and 25 yards. Dylon Iverson and Zach Christiansen were the recipients of Bowden’s other scoring strikes, from 10 and 55 yards out, respectively.
Lena 0 0 6 0-6
Gibraltar 16 20 8 8-52
G-Evan Reinhardt 45 pass from Anthony Laughlin (Laughlin run)
G-Martin Rzentkowski 28 run (Kai Smith run)
G-Laughlin 5 run (run failed)
G-Thor Johnson 74 pass from Laughlin (Johnson pass from Laughlin)
G-Johnson 23 pass from Laughlin (run failed)
G-Andrew Iding 13 pass from Laughlin (Laughlin run)
L-5 run (run failed)
G-Trevor Reinhardt 1 run (Max Macias run)
Rushing: G-Laughlin 10-57
Passing: G-Laughlin 9-13-220-0
Receiving: Johnson 4-100
Sevastopol 16 48 6 0-70
Oneida Nation 0 0 0 8-8
S-Quin Scram 30 pass from Blake Bowden (Schram pass from Bowden)
S-Schram 8 pass from Bowden (Dylon Iverson pass from Bowden)
S-Iverson 10 pass from Bowden (Charlie Carmody pass from Bowden)
S-Schram 25 pass from Bowden (Iverson pass from Bowden)
S-Ethan Kroll 15 blocked punt return (Jeremy Jorns pass from Bowden)
S-Kroll 26 run (Iverson pass from Kroll)
S-Hunter Evenson 50 run (Iverson pass form Bowden)
S-Zach Christiansen 55 pass from Bowden (Ben Krohn pass from Bowden)
S-Evenson 67 run (run failed)
ON-Seth Charles 15 interception return (Damiano Schwartz run)
Rushing: S-Evenson 5-137
Passing: Bowden 8-9-169-0
Receiving: Schram 4-85