Bulldogs hand SL its second district loss with 53-7 triumph.
LEMARS - Storm Lake's chances of a district title and a playoff berth were all but dashed Friday night as LeMars scored early and often to build a big first-half lead en route to a 53-7 triumph in a district game at LeMars.
"After playing so well for the past two weeks, we were just a completely different team," Storm Lake coach Craig Lyon said. "Fundamentally, we didn't play well. We turned the ball over so much in the second half, that gave them their touchdowns. The only bright spot was the touchdown pass to Kurt (Hanna). It was a good play."
Tony Trimble opened the scoring with a 1-yard run. Darren Nelson then made it 14-0 with a 35-yard scamper.
LeMars built a 21-0 lead in the second quarter when Nelson scampered 74 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good.
LeMars made it 27-0 when Trimble caught a pass from Paul Brown and ran 57 yards untouched for a touchdown. The extra point failed.
Storm Lake finally got on the scoreboard with 1:06 remaining in the first half when Scott Ellens hit Kurt Hanna with a 54-yard TD pass. Hanna kicked the extra point to make it 27-7.
LeMars extended its lead to 40-7 in the third quarter when Henges scored from 5 yards out and Schwartz returned a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs tacked on two scores in the fourth quarter.
Storm Lake, now 2-2 in the district and 3-3 overall, hosts Sheldon next Friday night.
Storm Lake 0 7 0 0 - 7
LeMars 13 14 13 13 - 53
L-Trimble 1 run (kick failed)
L-Nelson 35 run (Brown kick)
L-Nelson 74 run (Trimble run)
L-Trimble 57 pass from Brown (kick failed)
SL-Hanna 54 pass from Ellens (Hanna kick)
L-Henges 5 run (kick failed)
L-Schwartz 23 fumble recovery (Brown kick)
L-Smith 12 run (kick failed)
L-Smith 24 interception return (Brown kick)
TEAM STATISTICS SL L
First downs 9 16
Rushes-yards 38-100 40-277
Com.-Att.-Int. 9-17-1 3-7-2
Passing yards 127 82
Return yards 71 66
Punts-Avg. 4-32 1-33
Fumbles-lost 5-4 1-0
Penalties-yards 3-40 6-60
Rushing-Storm Lake: Koeppe 16-46, Maier 6-36, Harder 2-10, Smith 4-(-2), Ellens 9-9. LeMars: Nelson 9-148, Trimble 12-37.
Passing-Storm Lake: Ellens 9-16-1-127, Youde 0-1-0-0. LeMars: Brown 3-7-2-82.
Receiving-Storm Lake: Blanchard 4-28, Hanna 4-95, Youde 1-4. LeMars: Schwartz 1-10, Trimble 1-57, Smith 1-15.