CANNON FALLS – Rochester Lourdes had a top-10 team on the ropes into the fourth quarter, but as it has done often over the past two seasons, Cannon Falls found a way to win.
The Bombers – ranked No. 8 in the latest Class AAA state poll – didn’t hold a lead in Friday’s Southeast District football game until halfway through the fourth quarter, but their defense made that slim lead hold up in a 12-7 victory against Lourdes.
Cannon Falls improves to 6-0 with a showdown looming in its regular-season finale on Wednesday at No. 5-ranked Stewartville. Lourdes finishes the regular season 2-5 and is off until the first round of the Section 1AAA playoffs on Oct. 22.
The Eagles took the lead with 4:08 to play in the second quarter, when Destin Hinson broke loose for a 94-yard scoring run. The point-after-touchdown kick made it 7-0 Eagles.
Cannon Falls answered on its ensuing possession, though, which was capped by a 4-yard Jack Dommeyer touchdown run. The PAT kick failed, though, and Lourdes took a 7-6 lead into halftime.
That’s how the score remained into the fourth quarter, until the Bombers strung together another scoring drive, which finished when Trenton Matthies scored the game-winning touchdown from 7 yards out with 6:43 to play.
Lourdes drove into Bombers territory in the waning minutes, but the Bombers’ defense held its ground.
Cannon Falls is the third team Lourdes has played this season that is ranked in a state poll. The Eagles’ defense held all three of those teams to their lowest offensive output of the season – Stewartville (15 points), Caledonia (24) and Cannon Falls (12).
“We played them all tough,” Lourdes coach Mike Kesler said, “but we just can’t finish drives. It’s a lack of discipline … that’s one of the things we hang our hat on, but give Cannon Falls credit. They’re undefeated for a reason and a very good team. Our kids played hard, we just have to be locked in.”
Cannon Falls outgained Lourdes 317-236. The Bombers had 265 rushing yards, but used a balanced attack to do so. Seven players carried the ball multiple times, led by Dommeyer (70 yards) and Matthies (64), who both carried 14 times.
Hinson led Lourdes with 160 rushing yards on 13 attempts, and Will Kopischke had two catches for 37 yards.
Lourdes will likely be on the road for the first round of the Section 1AAA playoffs, against an opponent that will be determined next week.
“We have to throw 2-5 out the window,” Kesler said. “It’s 0-0 now for us, with a bye week (next week). That will help us get some guys healthy. We know we can play with anybody in the area, we’ve shown that. We just have to be more disciplined; we don’t have much margin for error.”
CANNON FALLS 12, LOURDES 7
Lourdes 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Cannon Falls 0 6 0 6 -- 12
LOU – Destin Hinson 94 run (Sam Frick kick) 4:18.
CF – Jack Dommeyer 4 run (kick failed) 1:03.
CF – Trenton Matthies 7 run (run failed) 6:43.
First downs 8 20
Total net yards 236 317
Rushes-yards 28-194 64-265
Passing yards 42 52
Comp-att-int 3-11-0 2-3-0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 3-24 3-31
Punts-avg. 3-35.0 2-35.5
Time of poss. 14:39 32:27
LOU: Destin Hinson 13-160, 1 TD; Graham Hopkins 6-21; Seth Haight 4-7; Will Kopischke 3-6; Nolan Jurgenson 2-0. CF: Jack Dommeyer 14-70, 1 TD; Trenton Matthies 14-64, 1 TD; Braxton Ulrich 8-44; Marcus Banks 13-43; Kade Holt 10-33; Riley Miller 2-6; Riley Keenan 3-5.
LOU: Nolan Jurgenson 2-8-0, 37 yards; Ethan Sailer 1-3-0, 5 yards. CF: Jack Dommeyer 2-3-0, 52 yards.
LOU: Will Kopischke 2-37; Colin Meade 1-5. CF: Camden Dicke 2-52.