Huge night for Byron's passing game

BYRON — Jack Nelson and Evan Morris set Byron school records for single-game passing and receiving Friday night against La Crescent.

Unfortunately, the Bears lost 39-31 in the  Hiawatha Valley League game.

Nelson, a sophomore, completed 23 of 36 passes for 424 yards and three touchdowns. Morris, a senior, caught 11 of those passes for 254 yards, including a 37-yard TD catch in the second quarter.

Taylor Kunkel grabbed passes of 11 and 9 yards for touchdowns for Byron.

La Crescent countered with Jude Williams and Zach Hoppenworth-Pedersen. Williams carried 26 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Hoppenworth-Pedersen kicked three field goals — two in the second quarter and a crucial one in the fourth quarter — and put six of eight kickoffs into the end zone.


Hoppenworth-Pedersen's last field goal put the Lancers ahead by eight. Byron drove inside the La Crescent 30-yard line but ran out of time.

Nelson and Brian Bellrichard also rushed for touchdowns for Byron, which drops to 1-2 for the season.

La Crescent, now 3-0, got what would ordinarily be considered a strong night from its junior quarterback, Troy Traxler, who was 19-for-34 for 195 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He also rushed 17 times for 73 yards.

Byron led 510-417 in offensive yardage.

La Crescent 14 6 16 3 — 39

Byron 0 18 6 7 — 31

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