LSE Pirates 8th grade blanks Hallsville 20-0, seventh grade falls 14-0
The LSE Pirates seventh and eighth grade football team kicked off the 2021 season Tuesday at home against the Hallsville Indians with mixed results at Gene Reagan field.
While the Pirates eighth grade team defeated Hallsville 20-0, the seventh grade team fell in a hard-fought battle 14-0.
LSE Pirates football coach Seth Brimer said he was extremely pleased with the team’s execution for learning a new system and running the base varsity offense. “The effort and attitude were great all game long,” Brimer said. “We blocked until the whistle, tackled well, and ran to the ball. It was awesome to watch. We will critique and six what needs to be fixed and grow as a team over the next few days and get prepared for Southern Boone next Tuesday.”
Despite no scoring in the first quarter by either team, LSE came back and made the most of its opportunities for the rest of the game while putting up one touchdown in the second quarter to lead 6-0 at the half. The Pirates also added a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter to extend the lead to 14-0 before tacking on another score in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Clayton Schuster led the Pirates by completing 4 of 9 passes for 98 yards. Schuster also rushed five times for 41 yards. Brad Norbury was the leading rusher for LSE with 10 carries for 54 yards. Cash Leonard had three carries for 9 yards, while Norman Bonaparte added two carries for 7 yards and Aiden Meyers one carry for 2 yards.
Leonard also had three catches for 94 yards to lead LSE, while Logan Conz added one catch for 4 yards.
On defense, Schuster led the Pirates with 11 total tackles with four tackles for loss and two sacks. Baylor Jackson finished the game with seven total tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Cash Leonard had five tackles and one tackle for loss, while Brady Norbury added four tackles and one tackle for loss, Brody Porter four tackles, Logan Conz three tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack, Logan Turk three tackles, Wade Fredrick two tackles and one tackle for loss, Darrin Leonard, Parker Brenner, Zyren Mack and Norman Bonaparte each with two tackles, and Myles Collum, Carter Felten, Brayden Atkinson and Aiden Meyers with one tackle apiece.
In the seventh grade game, Brimer said for the most part this was the first time most of these players had played organized football. “We came out a little timid and you can’t play this game that way,” Brimer said. “Once we settled in, we were able to move the ball a little bit and play some good defense. Unfortunately, due to some players having to be quarantined on the opposing team we were able to play two quarters. I can’t wait to get back at practice and get better this week.”
Hallsville scored touchdowns in each of the first and second quarter. The Indians also added a two-point conversion in the second quarter.
Chase Chamberlain led the rushing attack for LSE with eight carries for 37 yards. Tatum Hough finished the game with six carries for 24 yards while finishing 0 of 6 in passing. Dylan Clark had three carries for 6 yards, while Alex McDonald added one carry for 4 yards.
On defense, Hough led the Pirates with eight total tackles with one tackle for loss. Chamberlain also had eight tackles in the game, while Dylan Clark added five tackles, Blaine Begemann four tackles and one tackle for loss, Gabe Gander four tackles, Alex McDonald, Gavin Ridgeway and Tyler Fizer each with three tackles, Reece Townlain two tackles and one interception, and Maddex Jackson, Bryson Welch, Jason Fizer and Ian Lammers each with two tackles.