LANCASTER – For the Lancaster varsity football team, the challenge last week against visiting Prairie du Chien wasn’t so much against the Blackhawks.
Instead, the biggest challenge was with themselves, looking to maintain their competitive edge and not allow themselves to play down to their competition.
It’s safe to say the Flying Arrows did fine in that department, as they blasted the Blackhawks, 63-16, in a homecoming effort that won’t soon be forgotten.
The win improved coach John Hoch’s squad to a Southwest Wisconsin Conference record of 6-0, and an overall mark of 7-0.
Prairie du Chien dropped to 0-6 in league play and 0-7 overall, as they sit at the bottom of the conference standings.
From the first offensive play for the Arrows, it was obvious it was going to be a long night for the Blackhawks, as they watched junior fullback Tyler Glass race 70 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
In fact, watching Glass run into the end zone was a familiar sight Friday night, as he finished with 201 yards rushing and four touchdowns on only eight carries.
Glass scored on touchdown runs of 70, 48, 5 and 3 yards, giving him a season total of 14 rushing TDs and 960 yards on 99 total carries.
Sophomore Nick Wood got into the end zone as well, scoring on touchdown runs of four and 42 yards to finish with 43 yards and two TDs on four carries.
Senior Kyle Mezera also had two touchdown runs, scoring from one and nine yards out, while finishing with 48 yards and two TDs on six carries.
“We had to make some adjustments, because they gave us a little different look on defense,” said coach John Hoch. “Our offensive line did a nice job of making those adjustments.”
Lancaster’s only other touchdown came on the defensive side when junior linebacker Jake Taylor snatched a pass out of the air and raced 38 yards untouched early in the first quarter.
Taylor also set a new school record for most extra-point kicks in a game, making all 9-of-9 on the night. Hunter Budack made 8-of-9 in two separate games, one in 2011 and another in 2012.
On the night, Lancaster ran for a whopping 397 yards on 40 attempts, most of which came in the first half.
The Arrows only attempted three passes on the night, one of which was completed for a 29-yard gain from quarterback Nate Tranel to Brett Snider.
While Lancaster finished with 426 yards of total offense and nine touchdowns, Prairie du Chien was held to 245 yards and two scores in the second half.
“The first time we played them we didn’t play very well and didn’t block very well, but we’ve made some improvement,” said Lancaster coach John Hoch.
“I was really pleased with the kids, because we said we wanted to play to our level, and not down to their level,” Hoch added.
While the starting defensive unit for the Arrows did not give up a score, the second string gave up a touchdown in the third, and another in the fourth.
Junior Andy Ryan led Lancaster with 4.5 tackles, while senior linebacker Mitchell Schildgen had four and fellow senior Trenton Cornell 3.5.
While it was nice to collect the win, and get some younger kids into the game, coach Hoch wouldn’t have minded a little tougher test at this point in the season.
“We get to play a lot of kids, which is nice in those type of games, but at the same time, our varsity isn’t getting a full game,” Hoch said.
This Friday night, the Arrows should get a tougher test, as they head to Platteville (3-3, 4-3) for their second meeting with the Hillmen. The first concluded with a 48-13 victory for the Arrows.
Since that game on Sept. 6, the Hillmen have gone 3-1, picking up wins over Richland Center (56-13), Prairie du Chien (50-7), and most recently Dodgeville (36-0).
Prairie du Chien 16
(from Friday, Oct. 4)
PdC 0 0 8 8 - 16
Lancaster 42 14 0 7 - 63
L - Tyler Glass, 70-yard run (Jake Taylor kick)
L - Glass, 3-yard run (Taylor kick)
L - Taylor, 38-yard interception return (Taylor kick)
L - Glass, 48-yard run (Taylor kick)
L - Nick Wood, 4-yard run (Taylor kick)
L - Wood, 42-yard run (Taylor kick)
L - Glass, 5-yard run (Taylor kick)
L - Kyle Mezera, 1-yard run (Taylor kick)
PdC - Wasecheck, 67-yard pass from Potter (Rickleff, pass from Hogenson)
L - K. Mezera, 9-yard run (Taylor kick)
PdC - Rickleff, 37-yard pass from Potter (Check run)
First downs - PdC 8, L 15. Rushing - PdC 19-40, L 38-397. Passing yards - PdC 205, L 29. Passes - PdC 15-37-2, L 1-3-0. Fumbles-lost - PdC 1-1, L 4-2. Penalties-yards - PdC 1-15, L 3-25.
PdC: Ryan Garrity 6-20, Brandon Check 7-15. L: Tyler Glass 8-201, Cole Martin 10-56, Kyle Mezera 6-48, Jay Mezera 9-45, Nick Wood 4-43, Nate Tranel 1-4.
PdC: Brogan Potter 15-36-2, 205. L: Nate Tranel 1-2-0, 29.
PdC: Luke Rickleff 7-102. L: Brett Snider 1-29.