GALESVILLE – The Lancaster varsity football team closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 41-16 loss to host Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau last Friday night.
With the loss, the Flying Arrows fell to 1-3 overall, while G.E.T. improved to 3-1 with the win.
The Red Hawks did most of their damage on the ground in their bunch formation, and rushed for 346 yards and four touchdowns on 64 attempts.
After going scoreless in the first quarter, G.E.T. found the end zone four times in the second quarter, three scores coming on the ground, and the other through the air.
Lancaster got its first score of the game with 2:02 to play in the first half, on a 56-yard run by senior fullback Nic Wood. Wood also scored the two-point conversion run, making it 20-8 late in the second quarter.
The Red Hawks put up their fourth score of the quarter with 15 seconds remaining in the half, and took a 26-8 lead into the locker room.
G.E.T. put up the only score in the third quarter, and took a 34-8 advantage into the fourth, where Lancaster got a 36-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Drew Reuter to senior wing back Tanner Reuter, thanks to a big block from senior split end Colton Holmes.
G.E.T. put up their final score with 1:15 to play in the fourth, claiming a lop-sided 41-16 victory.
Lancaster finished the game with 151 yards rushing on 28 attempts, and was led by Wood, who managed 139 yards and one TD on 16 attempts.
Wood took the place of sophomore fullback Evan Gates, who suffered a broken collarbone early in the first quarter.
Gates, who led the team, and the league, in rushing going into Friday night’s game, will miss the remainder of the season.
Through the air, junior quarterback Drew Reuter completed 2-of-5 passing attempts for 40 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Sophomore quarterback Evan Straka completed 1-of-2 passing attempts for no yards and had three rushing attempts for no yards.
Junior wingback Tanner Reuter had one catch for a 36-yard score, while Wood had two receptions for four yards.
“We made improvements,” said coach John Hoch. “We didn’t play our best football game, but there were spots where we did improve.”
“We cut down on the turnovers and we didn’t give up a big play on special teams, which we’ve been prone to.”
Defensively, the Flying Arrows allowed 346 rushing yards and 91 passing.
Junior Justin Allen led the team in tackles with 7.5, while fellow junior Matt Withey was in on seven stops. Seniors Dustin Reynolds and Joey Recker shared a sack.
The Flying Arrows will now begin Southwest Wisconsin Conference play this Friday night when they host Richland Center (0-4).
Due to lack of numbers, the Hornets forfeited last week’s game to Arcadia and are expected to bring a young squad to Lancaster Friday night.
G.E.T. 41, Lancaster 16
(from Friday, Sept. 11)
Lancaster 0 8 0 8 - 16
G.E.T. 0 26 8 7 - 41
G.E.T. - Connor Kokott, 2-yard run (pass failed).
G.E.T. - Kokott, 10-yard run (pass failed)
G.E.T. - Butch Haines, 25-yard pass from #14 (Ben Behan run)
L - Nic Wood, 56-yard run (Wood run)
G.E.T. - Kokott, 5-yard run (pass failed)
G.E.T. - Austin Thompson, 26-yard pass from #14 (Kokott run)
L - Tanner Reuter, 36-yard pass from Drew Reuter (Josh Hentrich pass from Drew Reuter)
G.E.T. - Ben Behan, 1-yard run (Bylee Johnson kick)
First downs - L 6, G.E.T. 19. Rushing - L 28-151, G.E.T. 64-346. Passing yards - L 40, G.E.T. 91. Passes - L 3-7-2, G.E.T. 3-5-0. Fumbles-lost - L 4-2, G.E.T. 2-1. Penalties-yards - L 2-10, G.E.T. 6-45.
L: Nic Wood 16-139, Evan Gates 3-9, Joey Recker 2-7, Evan Straka 3-0, Tanner Reuter 1-(-1), Drew Reuter 3-(-3).
G.E.T.: Connor Kokott 16-156, Ben Behan 27-126.
L: Drew Reuter 2-5-2, 40; Evan Straka 1-2-0, 0.
G.E.T.: #14 3-5-0, 91.
L: Tanner Reuter 1-36, Nic Wood 2-4.
G.E.T.: Lucas Scherr 1-40, Austin Thompson 1-26, Butch Haines 1-25.