Through rain and mud, the Mayer Lutheran football team persevered last week, taking down Jordan 14-13 and picking up its fourth win of the season.
Neither team was able to score in the first quarter. Jordan was first on the board with a 90-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter. Mayer Lutheran responded with a six-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Cole Buttenhoff. Senior kicker Chad Anenson’s extra point was good for a 7-7 tie at the half.
The third quarter mirrored the first, with neither team able to score.
“It was tied 7-7 in the third quarter and then we had a rain delay in which the field became a mud bowl,” LHS head coach Dean Aurich said. “The mud really made things interesting.”
In the fourth, Buttenhoff found senior Joel Burfeind on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Another successful extra point from Anenson would later be the factor to determine the game. A 58-yard run gave Jordan six points in the fourth, but the missed extra point would award the 14-13 victory to LHS.
“This was another close, intense game,” Aurich said. “It was a hard fought battle and both teams had a chance to win it at any time.”
Despite Jordan’s loss, Aurich said the Hubmen were a respectful team.
“Jordan was a very classy team and invited us over for a closing prayer led by one of their players after the game,” he said.
At quarterback, Buttenhoff completed 11 of 16 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two interceptions. Burfeind led the LHS running backs with 23 carries for 80 yards. Senior Nathan Weber logged 10 carries for 48 yards, while Buttenhoff took the ball himself 11 times for 26 yards. Senior Matt Huinker also logged a five-yard carry.
With four receptions for 59 yards, senior Anthony Gruenhagen led the Crusader receivers, followed by Anenson who had three catches for 19 yards. Burfeind snagged two balls for 28 yards and a touchdown, while junior Andrew Wolf and Huinker each caught a pass for 31 and 5 yards, respectively.
The Crusaders had 301 total offensive yards (159 rushing, 142 passing) on 61 plays, while holding Jordan to 261 total yards on 33 plays.
On defense, Burfeind and Wolf each snagged an interception, while Weber had a fumble recovery.
Now 3-2 in the Minnesota River Conference, LHS will host Watertown-Mayer Oct. 11. The Royals are 5-1 overall..
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