RANDOLPH—It was an exciting opening night matchup to start off the season for the LCC Bears football program as they traveled to take on the Cardinals in Randolph. The Bears held Randolph scoreless in the second half of Friday night’s game which helped them notch their first win against the Cardinals in the last 4 years. LCC went on to win by a final score of 32-20.
It was a defensive showcase early as both teams were held scoreless in the first couple of drives. LCC used a Noah Schutte interception to gain great field position late in the first quarter that would turn into an eventual Cael Hartung touchdown putting the Bears up 8-0 after the first quarter. Randolph fired back with a nice drive lasting over four minutes and 12 plays to tie things up with a Keaton Backhaus touchdown catch from QB Carter Schnoor to even things up early in the second quarter.
Backhous picked off LCC QB Ty Erwin with 2:55 left in the first half to set up the Cardinals deep in LCC territory. A couple of plays later Schnoor scored on a QB sneak to give Randolph the lead late in the first half. With little time left Erwin completed a long pass to Schutte putting LCC in great field position where Erwin later scored on a QB sneak of his own. The Bears added the two-point conversion and regained the lead 16-14 with just a minute left in the second quarter. That’s all Randolph would need though with two timeouts the Cardinals marched down the field and scored as the second quarter clock read zeros. Schnoor recorded his second passing touchdown, this one to all-purpose back Justin Haselhorst giving the Cardinals the 20-16 halftime lead.
The second half started similar to the first until the three-minute mark in the third quarter where Ty Erwin scampered in the endzone from ten yards out giving the Bears the lead yet again, and one that they wouldn’t relinquish. Randolph was able to get a couple of turnovers from the Bears but were unable to put any points on the board in the second half thanks to a stingy LCC defensive line. LCC scored one more time late in the game to put them up by two possessions. Sophomore Even Haisch found the endzone and Deagan Puppe caught the two-point conversion giving the Bears a 32-20 lead. One final interception from Nolan Ohlrich put the game away for the Bears as they move to 1-0 on the season and are off next week before hosting Winnebago on September 13th.
Randolph drops to 0-1 on the season and will be on the road next week at Plainview. Coverage for that game can be heard on Big Red Country 104.9 with the pre-game show scheduled for 2:15 p.m. and kickoff at 2:30 in early afternoon action.