The Mayer Lutheran football team cruised to its second victory of the season in a 29-0 game at LeSueur-Henderson last week.
After some struggles with exchanges and passing in the first game against Eden Valley-Watkins on Aug. 29, head coach Dean Aurich said those mistakes were minimized against the Giants.
“We had a few problems with center QB exchange in the first game and this game we improved,” he said. “We also struggled with our passing game in the first game and we improved. We can’t change the past but hopefully we can change the future by continuing to improve.”
The Crusaders put up 14 points in the first half on Sept. 6, started by a one-yard rushing touchdown by senior Nathan Weber. Senior Chad Anenson’s kick was good for the extra point and the 7-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter, senior quarterback Cole Buttenhoff completed a 19-yard pass to junior Taylor Otterstatter for a touchdown. Another kick by Anenson made it 14-0 at the half.
Senior Joel Burfeind scored both touchdowns in the third quarter, the first a 14-yard rush followed by a 21-yard run. Senior Anthony Gruenhagen completed the two-point conversion for LHS on Burfeind’s second touchdown to lock down the game 29-0.
The Mayer Lutheran defense kept LeSueur-Henderson under lock and key.
“Our D was steady and really put pressure on their run game and passing attack,” Aurich said.
At quarterback, Buttenhoff completed 12 of 18 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown. He also threw one interception.
Burfeind led the LHS running backs with 14 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Weber had eight carries for 37 yards, while Buttenhoff took the ball himself three times for 14 yards. Sophomore Rhett Kovar logged seven carries for 10 yards. For the special teams, Anenson was 3-3 on extra points.
Gruenhagen was the team’s top receiver with eight receptions totalling 94 yards. Burfeind had two receptions for 12 yards, along with Otterstatter’s 19-yard touchdown reception, and a six-yard catch by Anenson.
On defense, junior Andrew Wolf grabbed an interception for the Crusaders, while Gruenhagen, Burfeind, Buttenhoff, and Otterstatter led in tackles.
This Friday, the Crusaders host Tri-City United, a team favored to win the Minnesota River Conference.
“We don’t need to worry about that,” Aurich said. “We need to improve and keep working on the fundamentals which make football teams good. Last year it was our only loss in the conference in overtime, and hopefully it will be another exciting game this year.”
Kickoff for the TCU/LHS game is at 7 p.m.
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