With Lancaster’s defensive and special teams units setting up the offense with great field position all night long, the Flying Arrows were very efficient in Friday night’s 42-20 non-conference victory over visiting Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau.
The Lancaster offense only had the ball a total of 10 minutes and 43 seconds in the entire 48-minute game, leaving G.E.T. with the ball for a total of 37 minutes and 17 seconds in Friday night’s contest.
That didn’t matter though, as the Flying Arrows scored six touchdowns on eight possessions and averaged 13.5 yards per play on just 18 plays.
The Arrows only had three third-down attempts in the entire game, and punted twice.
They did not turn the ball over once, and only had three penalties the whole time, for a total of 25 yards.
Lancaster’s worst field position came on their first possession of the second half when they started on their own 44-yard line.
Much of Lancaster’s offensive production has to be credited to the Flying Arrow defense and play on special teams though.
Other than a 36-yard field goal to start the game, and a late touchdown in the fourth quarter, G.E.T. was held in check the entire time.
“They drove the ball on our defense to start the game, but after that our defense played exceptionally well,” said Lancaster head coach John Hoch.
G.E.T. finished the game with 209 yards of total offense on 52 plays, an average of four yards per play.
The Red Hawks had 55 yards passing on 6-of-13 passing attempts, and averaged a modest 3.9 yards per rushing attempt on 39 attempts.
On third-down conversion attempts, G.E.T. was successful on just 4-of-15 (26.7%), and was forced to punt five times.
While Lancaster did not field a single punt, the pressure up front left G.E.T. with an average of 24.4 yards per kick.
As for kick returns, the Arrows got a 65-yard return from Tyler Glass and a 36-yard return from Brett Snider, as well as a 13-yard return late in the game from Owen Austin.
Defensively, Lancaster was led by senior linebacker Alex Withey, who was in on 5.5 tackles. Fellow senior Jacob Taylor had 4.5 stops and one sack, while Matt Withey, Jay Mezera and Justin Allen each had four stops. Brett Snider had the team’s only interception of the night.
Offensively, Lancaster was led by senior quarterback Nate Tranel, who rushed for a team-high 90 yards and two TDs on five attempts, while senior fullback Tyler Glass carried the ball four times for 60 yards and a score.
Brett Snider scored the team’s other touchdown run from seven yards late in the second quarter.
Through the air, Tranel completed 3-of-6 passing attempts for 51 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.
Sophomore Tanner Reuter hauled in a 25-yard TD pass, while junior Nick Wood had a 10-yard TD reception.
In all, Lancaster finished with just 243 yards of total offense, gaining 192 on the ground and 51 through the air. That all came on just 18 plays though.
“With the field position that we had, it was tough to even rate our offense because we had so few plays,” said coach Hoch.
This Friday night, the Arrows (3-1) travel to Richland Center (0-3), who has scored a total of 13 points in three games, while giving up 141 to their opponents.
Lancaster 42, G.E.T. 10
(from Friday, Sept. 12)
G.E.T. 3 0 0 7 - 10
Lancaster 14 21 7 0 - 42
G.E.T. - 36-yard field goal.
L - Nick Wood, 10-yard pass from Nate Tranel (kick failed)
L - Nate Tranel, 29-yard run (Brett Snider pass from Nate Tranel)
L - Nate Tranel, 7-yard run (pass failed)
L - Tanner Reuter, 25-yard pass from Nate Tranel (Tyler Glass pass from Nate Tranel)
L - Brett Snider, 7-yard run (Jacob Taylor kick)
L - Tyler Glass, 16-yard run (Jacob Taylor kick)
G.E.T. - Austin Riehle, 18-yard pass from Brandon Riehle (Barchi kick)
First downs - GET 11, L 10. Rushing - GET 39-154, L 17-192. Passing yards - GET 55, L 51. Passes - GET 6-13-1, L 3-7-0. Fumbles-lost - GET 0-0, L 1-0. Penalties-yards - GET 7-42, L 3-25.
GET: #31 14-55. L: Nate Tranel 5-90, Tyler Glass 4-60, Nick Wood 1-16.
GET: Brandon Riehle 6-13-1, 55. L: Nate Tranel 3-6-0, 51.
GET: #42 3-30. L: Tanner Reuter 1-25, Brett Snider 1-16, Nick Wood 1-10.