LAUREL –The LCC Bears were victorious on the gridiron Friday night by a final score of 68-29 over the Madison Dragons. Both teams got off to a slow start with a turnover on downs for LCC on its opening drive followed by a three and out punt for Madison. The Dragons scored on its second drive of the game with a 40-yard touchdown pass from QB Avery Rosales to TE Josh Lopez but missed the extra point attempt. The Bears answered with a nine-play drive capped off by a touchdown pass from QB Ty Erwin to WR Noah Schutte, the first of five times the duo would eventually combine for. Just four plays into the Madison ensuing drive they were able to score again and regain the lead with a 56-yard lateral and run to RB Elijah De La Cruz. The Dragons lead 13-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was all LCC dominating all three phases of the game. At the 7:52 mark in quarter number two the Bears pinned the Madison offense deep in their own territory and forced a punt that was blocked and recovered in the endzone by LCC. Madison’s offense continued to sputter in the second quarter and was forced to punt on its next drive. LCC capitalized with good field position with another Erwin to Schutte TD pass from 35 yards out. A Madison turnover on downs left LCC again in good field position deep in Madison territory. Austin Brandt scored with 3:14 left in the half to put the Bears up 22-13. Schutte had another touchdown reception before a 40-yard pick six also from Schutte to put the Bears up 44-13 at the half.
The game continued in similar fashion in the second half with Cael Hartung able to find the endzone as well as Austin Brandt for a second time along with the air attack from Erwin to Schutte. Madison did scrape up a couple of touchdowns in the second half from De La Cruz but it wasn’t enough as LCC won by a final of 68-29.
The Bears move to 4-1 on the season with a matchup against Lutheran High Northeast on the road Thursday night at 7 p.m. next on the docket. Coverage of that game can be heard on Big Red Country 104.9 with the Runza Pre-Game Show set to start at 6:45 p.m. Madison falls to 2-3 on the season and will square off against Neligh-Oakdale in Madison next Friday.