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Orioles fall to West Central in rainy Friday night match-up

It was a chilly, wet Friday the 13th, and the Lennox High School football team welcomed West Central to the nest.

The first quarter began with West Central’s Chet Carda running 9-yard run into the end zone. However, the two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at 6-0 in favor of the Trojans. West Central scored again as Jesse Jost managed to break through Lennox’s defense with a 3-yard run, putting them ahead 12-0.

In the second quarter, Carda scored another touchdown with a 6-yard run. This time, Crew Heier’s pass from Caden Alfson was successful for the two-point conversion, extending their lead to 20-0. West Central’s Jude Jarding scored again for the Trojans on a 13-yard run and Carda successfully converting the two-point play, increasing their lead to 28-0 at the half.

In the third quarter, West Central maintained their momentum. Layton Johnson had a 52-yard touchdown run, and Carda converted the two-point play once again, extending their lead to 36-0.

In the fourth quarter, Lennox finally managed to break through the West Central defense. With just under three minutes left in the game, Corbin Hanneman scored a touchdown with a 17-yard run. However, their two-point conversion attempt failed, resulting in a final score of 36-6 in favor of West Central.

The statistics painted a clear picture of West Central’s dominance in the game. They outplayed Lennox with a total of 331 yards compared to Lennox’s 147. West Central’s ground game racked up 295 rushing yards compared to Lennox’s 82.

For the Orioles, Boston Katzer completed eight of 17 passes for 65 yards. Porter Ihnen caught three passes for 28 for Lennox, Drake Mikkelsen two for eight yards and Tate Gerdes one for nine yards.

On the ground, Hanneman rushed for 60 yards on three carries and Gerdes rushed for 42 yards on two carries.

Defensively, Ethan Larson led the team with seven tackles. Gerdes finished with six, Carter Benning and Jevyn Lefers, and Ramsey Williams five each. Lucas Bontje finished with four, Journey Noisy Hawk-Ellis and Clayton Barrett two and Hanneman, Emory Lefers, and Grant Larson one each.

The Orioles wrap up their regular season with an away game on Thursday, Oct. 19 against Sioux Falls Christian. The Chargers sit at 6-2 on the season with wins over Dakota Valley (14-7), Madison (21-15), Chamberlain (35-7), Milbank (60-14), Beresford (34-7), and Belle Fourche (42-6). Their two losses came at the hands of Canton (16-30) and West Central (6-14).


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