Roman continues to lead Lourdes

Senior running back gains 187 yards vs. Lake City

By Post-Bulletin staff

LAKE CITY — Alex Roman is quickly proving himself to be one of the better running backs in the state.

Roman and the Rochester Lourdes offensive line were the difference Friday night as the Eagles plowed past Lake City 32-13 in Hiawatha Valley League football.


Roman, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior, finished with 187 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The TDs went for 56, 61 and 16 yards.

"Alex worked on his speed a lot during the off-season, and that has made a big difference for him," Lourdes coach Mike Kesler said.

Lourdes, which moved to 2-2 overall, broke open a close game in the fourth quarter. That started with the Eagles stopping Lake City on a fourth-down play from inside the Lourdes 10. Lourdes then converted a big fourth down of its own on its ensuing drive, then watched Roman follow that with a 61-yard touchdown run.

Lourdes outscored Lake City (1-3) 20-6 in the fourth quarter after leading just 12-7 heading into the frame.

Lourdes quarterback Tyler Greguson also had a big rushing day. He finished with 77 yards on the ground, with TD runs of 9 and 49 yards. Greguson also 84 yards passing, completing 6 of 10 of his attempts.

Lake City was led by its quarterback, Ben Krehbiel, with 202 yards passing. Krehbiel was 11-for-21 with two touchdowns and an interception. The TD strikes went 30 yards to Joe Klennert and 66 yards to Terence Pettis.

Lake City was outgained 320-171 on the ground. The Tigers were led by Jeff Gay with 98 yards rushing.

Lourdes linebacker Marcus Gudgel had a big interception with seven minutes left in regulation to ice the win.


The Eagles played their first game this season with Tom Gores, who had been nursing an injured calf. Gores played free safety.



Lourdes 12 0 0 20 — 32

Lake City 0 0 7 6 — 13


Lour — Tyler Greguson 9 run (kick failed), 3:12.

Lour — Alex Roman 56 run (run failed), :29



LC — Joe Klennert 30 pass from Ben Krehbiel (Zach Loppnow kick), 10:05


Lour — Roman 61 run (run failed), 10:04.

LC — Terence Pettis 66 pass from Ben Krehbiel (pass failed), 9:45

Lour — Greguson 49 run (Alex Kapraun kick), 8:44

Lour — Roman 16 run (Kapraun kick), 3:46

Lour LC

First downs 14 16

Total scrimmage yards 404 383

Total yards rushing 320 171

Total yards passing 84 212

Passes attempted 10 24

Passes completed 6 12

Passes had intercepted 0 1

Number of punts 3 3

Average punt distance 30.7 22.3

Fumbles/fumbles lost 2/1 2/2

Number of penalties 8 4

Yards penalized 50 25



Lourdes — Alex Roman 19-187, Tyler Greguson 11-77, Adam Lentz 9-35. Lake City — Jeff Gay 20-98, Terence Pettis 16-52, Ben Krehbiel 3-14.


Lourdes — Greguson 6-10-0-0 84 yards. Lake City — Krehbiel 11-21-1-2 202, Travis Bremer 1-3-0-0 10 yards.


Lourdes — Tim Hendrickson 4-68, Eric Bieniek 1-15. Lake City — Jordan Schumacher 7-80, Joe Klennert 2-40, Gay 2-26, Pettis 1-66.

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