The Lyle/Pacelli Athletics football team was looking to snap a two-game losing streak in LeRoy Wednesday evening versus the Cardinals in the regular season finale for both teams, and it was Athletics running back Trey Anderson carrying the ball 21 times for 189 of LP’s 340 rushing yards in the game and four touchdowns to help the Athletics to an impressive 45-0 shutout win.
Anderson scored on touchdown runs of 44, 25, 3 and 17 yards, plus he added two 2-point conversion runs for good measure as the Athletics bolted out to a 38-0 lead at the half. A 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Truckenmiller to David Christianson with 4:06 left in the first quarter gave LP at 16-0 lead at that point, and Hunter Bauer plunged into the end zone from a yard out with only :07 left in the 1st half to give the Athletics the 38-0 lead at halftime.
Lyle/Pacelli rolled up 423 yards of total offense, while holding LeRoy/Ostrander to 230 total yards, and the Athletics piled up 25 first downs to nine for the Cardinals. Lyle/Pacelli also intercepted a pair of passes and recovered a fumble to wind up +2 in the giveaway/takeaway ratio, and they also won the time of possession battle 26:27 to 21:29.
Jake Truckenmiller passing for LP was 3 for 9 for 83 yards and a touchdown, and besides Anderson’s monster night running the ball, Hunter Bauer was also over 100 yards rushing with 18 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown, Truckenmiller toted the pigskin six times for 30 yards and Cayden Hansen carried the ball five times for 15 yards. Mac Nelson hauled in one pass in the game for 41 yards, David Christianson caught the one pass for 26 yards and a score, and Anderson tallied one catch for 16 yards.
With the win, Lyle/Pacelli finishes the regular season with a record of 4-4, and they will travel to Grand Meadow next Tuesday night as the No. 5 seed in the Section 1 9-man playoffs to take on the fourth-seeded Superlarks, who fell to Kingsland Wednesday evening 68-32. Kickoff from Grand Meadow will be at 7 p.m. next Tuesday evening.