Football: Lundell, Cox lead Lake City to homecoming win
Homecoming is a time for friends to gather and catch up, to rehash memories of the best of times, to laugh at old jokes and see what the current students are up to.
For Lake City quarterback Reid Lundell, homecoming still means football and school dances. But there was no better opponent for his senior homecoming than Cannon Falls. After all, most of the Bombers are his friends. At least, they were until the Tigers walked off the field 48-20 victors behind Lundell’s four total touchdowns and 342 total yards of offense.
“I know all of those guys,” Lundell said after the game. “I love playing against them. I have so many friends on that team.”
Lundell moved to Lake City in fourth grade, leaving behind family – cousin Jordan Lundell had 133 receiving yards for the Bombers – as well as an entire senior class that he was once a member of.
The night did not begin well for Lundell and the Tigers, who turned the ball over with a fumble in their first offensive play. After turning the Bombers over on downs, the Tigers busted off a big run, only to see it called back on a block in the back.
Then Lundell turned homecoming into his personal highlight reel, co-starring teammate Elliot Cox.
Lundell hit Cox in stride for a 90-yard scoring toss, opening the scoring two minutes, 29 seconds into the game.
“I love playing with him. He’s such a good player. All I have to do is get the ball out there and he just outruns everbody,” Lundell said of Cox.
Cannon Falls’ next few chances to respond ended in disaster as the Bombers put the ball on the ground four times, losing three of them.
“You just can’t do that,” Cannon Falls head coach Josh Hofstedt said. “Every team is (a) quality (team). We can’t afford to have those mistakes.”
After the first of those turnovers, Lundell put the Tigers back on the board with a 23-yard run, capping a 12-play drive that ate up nearly five minutes of clock. After the second fumble, Lundell scored once again, this time on a 39-yard scamper that left two defenders at the line of scrimmage grasping at shadows. Cox would pound the ball in from two yards out on the next drive, giving the Tigers a 25-0 lead with 10:40 to go in the second quarter.
The Bombers finally got things going on the ensuing drive, marching 83 yards in 11 plays. Hunter Johnson hit Jordan Lundell from 32 yards out to get Cannon Falls on the board before halftime. Matt Glasenapp added a 19-yard field goal for Lake City as time expired in the first half.
After the three lost fumbles, the Bombers got a stern talking-to at the break. But the miscues continued as Johnson threw an interception as he took a hard, blindside hit to the back on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Cox scored his third touchdown of the game three minutes later.
The Bombers scored on another Johnson-to-Lundell strike on the next drive, then hit paydirt again when Johnson hit Bailey Mills from 15 yards early in the fourth quarter.
After Reid Lundell threw a perfect lob to streaking tight end Eli Custer to push the lead back to 41-20, the Bombers lapses kept piling up. A punt was followed by two interceptions, one of which Cox returned 90 yards for the game’s final score.
By the time the final whistle sounded, The Tigers had gotten back into the win column after three straight defeats.
And their quarterback, who played through a fourth-quarter migraine, was all smiles as he shook the hands of some old friends.
“Reid Lundell, people don’t know how tough he is,” Lake City head coach Trevor Narum said. “I’ve never had a migraine before, but I think they suck just laying down in bed. Playing a quarter’s worth of football is pretty tough.”
Not as tough as swallowing the pill that the Bombers had to, once again falling to Lundell and Lake City.
“Swept ‘em,” Lundell said, still beaming at midfield. “We always beat them.”
Next week, the Tigers (2-3) will travel to Byron (2-3) while the Bombers (3-2) will visit Plainview-Elgin-Millville (3-2).