Lourdes quarterback Michael Brandt tries to dish off the ball and Dustin Davis pulls him down. Photos by Keith Garvens
By David Richards
The Byron football team, still feeling the sting of injuries earlier this season, made key plays against Rochester Lourdes Sept. 27.
The Bears (2-2) forced three turnovers in the contest and trailed just 14-0 at the end of the third quarter, but the Eagles (3-1) still secured a 34-0 victory in Byron.
"We had several opportunities to score, we just couldn't get our offense going," head coach John Austinson said. "I thought we were right there, we just needed to find a way to get into the end zone."
Bears quarterback Ryan Thompson completed 13 of 24 passes for 93 yards and two interceptions.
Dan Fujan led Byron in rushing with 16 carries for 45 yards, while Wyatt Nelson finished with four catches for 44 yards receiving.
Byron started the year 2-0, but have suffered injuries to eight starters since the season opener.
"We felt really confident about our team if we could stay healthy," Austinson said. "Our kids are going out there and giving their best, which is all we can ask. They are gaining experience, which will help down the road this year and next."
On defense against Lourdes, Brian Bertram recovered a pair of fumbles, while Nick Douglas recovered one as well.
Byron next hosts Lake City at 7 p.m. for its Homecoming Oct. 4.
"Our biggest goal is to win," said Austinson, who added he might get a few players back this week. "We need to improve on everything about our team."