Defending section champs pass first test with win over L/P
By Post-Bulletin staff
LANESBORO — The season is over for Lyle/Austin Pacelli after Brawley Witte of Lanesboro had another big night of running the football in the first round of the Nine-Man, Section One playoffs.
Witte scored five touchdowns for the second straight game against the Lyle/Pacelli defense. This gave the Lanesboro Burros plenty of offensive firepower in a 40-20 win over the L/P Athletics on Tuesday night. The Burros jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the first half and rolled to the section win.
Although his team was down in depth due to a number of injuries, including starting quarterback and safety Sam Stier being out with a broken hand, L/P coach Mark Buntje was encouraged that his team didn’t quit. The Athletics scored their first touchdown midway through the second quarter and got back to within 11 points. But there was no stopping Witte as he scored again right before halftime.
"Witte is a tough runner and hits the holes really fast," coach Buntje said. "For not having Sam, the rest of the guys rose up and played hard. Dusty Riste (running back) got hurt in the third quarter and it was tough for us to run. Lanesboro is a good team and the two-time defending section champs, but we played them tough. We came up with a nice drive in the second quarter and didn’t let them run us over."
After throwing an interception on the initial offensive possession of the night, L/P junior quarterback Matt Buntje settled down and played well in his first start of the season. Buntje went on to throw three touchdown passes in the game. The first one came to Brady Stier with just under seven minutes left in the half. The two then hooked-up for the conversion and L/P was back in the game.
"We hit a couple of long passes to Brady and he also had a couple of runs on reverses in that first scoring drive," coach Buntje said. "Everybody on the sidelines was saying it was the Brady drive, but he was quick to give credit to the line for getting the offense going. Matt did pretty well taking over at quarterback. He started off with an interception but came back with three touchdown passes."
Witte snuffed out any notions of an L/P comeback with his touchdown run inside the final two minutes of the first half and another midway through the third quarter. It was 32-8 at that point, but then L/P rallied with a couple of touchdowns.
Ryan Fett, one of the few seniors for L/P who didn’t succumb to injuries, caught a touchdown pass from Matt Buntje with about three minutes left in the third quarter. Nate Williamson then caught the last touchdown pass from Buntje in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
"We got it to 32-20 in the fourth quarter, and stayed competitive to the end," coach Buntje said. "The line gave Matt time and he got more confident as the game went on. They blitzed Matt a lot, but he stepped back and made some good reads. Brady had a big night and that combination will help us next year. .
"The seniors on this team went through adverse conditions with no place to really practice and no home field, but none of them quit. They worked through it and were a pretty resilient group. They helped us get back a little bit of respect after losing all of our division games last season. I’m proud of their efforts this season."
Lyle/Pacelli finished the season with a 3-6 overall record.
LANESBORO 40, LYLE/PACELLI 20
SCORING BY QUARTERS
Lyle/Pacelli 0 8 6 6 — 20
Lanesboro 13 13 6 8 — 40
LAN — Brawley Witte 3 run (kick missed), 6:56.
Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards.
LAN — Witte 3 run (Nathan Bakke kick), 2:18.
Drive: 6 plays, 51 yards.
LAN — Witte 8 run (kick blocked), 9:06.
Drive: 2 plays, 11 yards.
L/P — Brady Stier 21 pass from Matt Buntje (B.Stier pass from Buntje), 6:42.
Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards.
LAN — Witte 13 run (N.Bakke kick), 1:22.
Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards.
LAN — Witte 51 run (kick missed), 5:45.
Drive: 4 plays, 71 yards.
L/P — Ryan Fett 15 pass from Matt Buntje (run failed), 2:57.
Drive: 6 plays, 63 yards.
L/P — Nate Williamson 19 pass from Matt Buntje (pass failed), 10:23.
Drive: 1 plays, 19 yards.
LAN — Colin Bakke 2 run (Tim Knutson pass from Matt McGrath), 6:16.
Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards.
First downs 10 17
Total scrimmage yards 207 348
Total yards rushing 67 314
Total yards passing 140 34
Passes attempted 22 7
Passes completed 10 2
Passes had intercepted 1 0
Number of punts 4 1
Average punt distance 23 42
Fumbles/fumbles lost 4/2 7/5
Number of penalties 8 5
Yards penalized 58 42
Lyle/Pacelli — Dusty Riste 7-2, Riley Marsolek 5-17, Matt Buntje 3-4, Brady Stier 3-21, Nate Williamson 6-27, Ricky Carroll 3-(minus 3), Colton Scherer 1-0, Carter Guthmiller 1-(minus 1). Lanesboro — Brawley Witte 25-220, Colin Bakke 19-85, Matt McGrath 5-9, Ethan Hall 6-0.
Lyle/Pacelli — Matt Buntje 10-for-22, 140 yards, 3 TD, int.
Lyle/Pacelli — Brady Stier 5-100, Ryan Fett 2-18, Ethan Young 1-3, Nate Williamson 2-19.
Report compiled by Scott Kolb