With only eight games in the regular season, every game is important and every game counts. The Mayer Lutheran football certainly made their first game count, a 48-19 non-conference win over Eden Valley-Watkins on Aug. 29.
The Eagles jumped on the board in the first quarter on an 86-yard touchdown run to lead 7-0. But Mayer Lutheran put up 27 points in the second over six from EV-W.
Senior Nathan Weber got the scoring started for LHS with a six-yard run. A successful field goal attempt by senior kicker Chad Anenson tied the game at 7-7.
Senior Joel Burfeind later returned a punt for a 53-yard touchdown before senior Mason Diedrick scored on a fumble recovery near the end zone.
The Eagles responded with a 93-yard kick off return for a touchdown. Weber scored his second TD of the game on a two-yard run to make it a 27-13 game at halftime.
Mayer Lutheran dominated the second half offensively, outscoring the Eagles 21-6. Senior Anthony Gruenhagen scored in the third quarter on a 27-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Cole Buttenhoff. Burfeind would score his second touchdown of the game on a 33-yard run in the third quarter.
Leading 41-19 after three quarters, the Crusaders sealed the victory with a seven-yard touchdown run by Weber in the fourth quarter for the 48-19 victory.
At quarterback, Buttenhoff was 4-10 for 61 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Jack Chmielewski was 0-2 at the position. Anenson was 6-6 in extra points and had eight kickoffs for 327 yards. Senior Brandon Wroge punted for LHS twice for 74 yards.
Weber led the Crusader rushers with 20 carries for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Burfeind had 14 carries for 169 yards and one touchdown. Other rushers included sophomore Rhett Kovar (8 carries for 38 yards), Buttenhoff (2 carries, 14 yards), and freshman Mitch Johnson (1 carry).
Junior Taylor Otterstatter led the receivers with two receptions for 27 yards. Gruenhagen had one reception for 27 yard and one touchdown, while Burfeind caught one pass for seven yards.
The Crusaders tallied 395 offensive yards (334 rushing, 61 passing) and ran 57 plays for their 48 points.
On defense, Buttenhoff and Otterstatter each had three solo tackles, while Anenson and Chmielewski each had two. Buttenhoff, Burfeind, senior Mitch Krause, and Diedrick each recovered a fumble. Gruenhagen and junior Andrew Wolf each snagged an interception.
Mayer Lutheran is at LeSueur-Henderson Friday, Sept. 6 and will host Tri-City on Sept. 13.
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