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Football: Tigers can't keep up with La Crescent in 1AAA loss

It wasn’t the 62-34 shootout from Week 8’s showdown between Lake City and La Crescent, but the result was the same during Tuesday’s Section 1AAA opener as the fourth-seeded Lancers knocked out the fifth-seeded Tigers, 23-6 in La Crescent.

Justin Paul, a converted offensive lineman who was forced into the Lancers’ backfield due to injury on Tuesday, opened the scoring with a 63-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 26 seconds left in the first quarter. Then at the 8-minute mark of the second, La Crescent went up by two scores when Austin DeBoer connected with Colton Boettcher for a 23-yard touchdown pass.

The Lancers’ defense added to the team’s effort with a safety with 2:16 left until halftime, making it a 16-0 La Crescent lead.

It wasn’t until the third quarter that Lake City was able to get on the scoreboard when quarterback Reid Lundell reached pay dirt on a 5-yard run for a score with 58 seconds left in the quarter.

But with time ticking away, Paul broke loose on another big run, scoring from 53 yards out with 2:50 remaining in the contest, closing the door on the Tigers’ season.

Lundell led Lake City in the air and on the ground, throwing for 188 yards on 17 of 41 passing while rushing 29 times for 89 yards. Eli Custer was the top receiver with six catches for 86 yards, and Matt Glasenapp had a career night in his final game with six catches for 73 yards. Defensively, Michael Noll led the team with 17 tackles, including three for loss.

Paul had 121 yards on seven carries for La Crescent while Ryan Kling carried the workload with 164 rushing yards on 20 carries. DeBoer, who torched the Tigers’ defense with 294 rushing yards at running back last week, was 4-for-8 passing for 51 yards.

Lake City’s season ends at 3-6 overall, while La Crescent (4-5) heads to top-seeded Rochester Lourdes on Saturday.

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