Lake City punched first. And it had a counter punch every time Rochester Lourdes fought back.
The result was a monumental win for Lake City, as the Tigers beat Lourdes for the first time under head coach Trevor Narum, 27-14, on Friday at Rochester Regional Stadium.
"From the opening kickoff, Lake City controlled the whole game," Lourdes coach Mike Kesler said. "Our defense had been very consistent the first two games, but we just had no answer. Give Lake City all the credit, they won every phase of the game."
The Tigers (2-1 overall) jumped out to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter and never trailed.
Reid Gastner and Justin Wohlers led the way for the Tigers, who won for a second consecutive week. They beat Wauzeka-Steuben (Wis.) 36-6 last week after falling to St. Charles in Week 1.
The Tigers face winless Red Wing next week before a showdown against Section 4AAA rival Cannon Falls on Sept. 27.
Lake City got off to a good start Friday, scoring just 3:50 into the game on a 3-yard run by Gastner. He added his second score of the night with a 10-yard TD reception late in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.
"They were very well balanced, between running and throwing," Kesler said of the Tigers' offense. "Trevor does a great job of calling plays, I've always said that."
Lourdes (1-2) answered back, as Destin Hinson scored on a 2-yard run a minute into the second quarter, but that was the only score the Tigers' defense allowed.
Wohlers hit Ben Nutt for a 16-yard scoring pass with 7:24 to play in the second quarter, then on the Tigers' next possession, Wohlers was intercepted by Lourdes lineman Zach Nickels, who ran it back for a score to pull the Eagles within 21-14.
But Lake City again had an answer.
Wohlers drove the Tigers down the field and connected with Gastner on a 34-yard scoring pass with just 24 seconds left before halftime.
"That was a huge TD right before half," Kesler said. "It was a one-score game; we thought we'd go into halftime, come out and get the ball to start the second half."
Neither team was able to score in the second half.
Gastner finished with 62 yards receiving, 27 rushing, and three touchdowns. Wohlers passed for 194 yards and three scores and Nutt ran 24 times for 83 yards.
Lourdes was led by Hinson, who ran for 42 yards on nine attempts.
"We moved the ball better in the second half," Kesler said, "we just couldn't finish."
The Eagles play at Plainview-Elgin-Millville next Friday.
LAKE CITY 27, LOURDES 14
Lake City 14 13 0 0 -- 27
Lourdes 0 14 0 0 -- 14
LC -- Reid Gastner 3 run (Carson Matzke kick) 8:10.
LC -- Gastner 10 pass from Justin Wohlers (Matzke kick) 1:43.
LRDS -- Destin Hinson 2 run (Julio Roman kick) 10:57.
LC -- Ben Nutt 16 pass from Justin Wohlers (Matzke kick) 7:24.
LRDS -- Zach Nickels interception return for touchdown (Roman kick) 3:01.
LC -- Gastner 34 pass from Wohlers (kick blocked) :24.
First Downs 19 14
Total net yards 347 201
Rushes-yards 41-153 33-109
Comp.-att.-int. 12-23-1 7-18-0
Passing yards 194 92
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1
Penalties-yards 4-27 3-25
Time of poss. 26:20 20:49
Rushing -- LC: Ben Nutt 24-83, Derek Meincke 5-33, Reid Gastner 8-27, 1 TD; Carter Hagedorn 4-10. LRDS: Destin Hinson 9-42, 1 TD; Seth Haight 7-31, Will Kopischke 4-20, Nolan Jurgenson 8-12, Graham Hopkins 5-4.
Passing -- LC: Justin Wohlers 12-22-1, 194 yards, 3 TDs; Lee Siewert 0-1-0, 0. LRDS: Nolan Jurgenson 7-18-0, 92 yards.
Receiving -- LC: Reid Gastner 4-62, 2 TD; Ben Nutt 3-48, 1 TD; Jake Wohlers 3-48; Carson Matzke 2-36. LRDS: Graham Hopkins 4-46, Colin Meade 2-24, Trevor Greguson 1-22.