10/14/2013 11:00:00 AM Young Byron team falls to La Crescent
By Ruth Hanson
It's been a long year for the Bears, but they are still working hard.
They were playing their third string quarterback on the road against La Crescent on Friday - and their fourth string center. The Bears lost 30-14.
"We are working on fundamentals," Coach John Austinson said. "We are working on getting better at the fundamentals - blocking and tackling. We have only four seniors playing and quite a lot of sophomores."
Dan Fujan, a junior, scored both of Byron's touchdowns, on runs of three yards in the second quarter and four yards in the fourth quarter. James Long made both the extra points.
Fujan rushed 15 times for 98 yards. Kip Knutson caught four passes for 39 yards. Ryan Thompson was 11-for-23 for 74 yards. Brian Bertram was the leading tackler with 14.
"We ran the ball well against La Crescent," Coach Austinson said. "We started out the season 2-0 and ranked ninth in the state. It was a nice start. But we lost eight kids to injuries. A lot of kids have stepped up and they're working hard and learning. We're looking for good things from these young kids down the road."
Jonny Mracek, a junior and the number one quarterback, broke his collarbone in the first drive on Friday.
Byron scored a touchdown in the second and fourth quarters. La Crescent scored 14 points in the first quarter, six in the third quarter and nine in the fourth quarter.
The Bears will host Kasson-Mantorville on Wednesday this week with game time at 7 p.m.
We have a great rivalry with the Komets," Coach Austinson said. "We always look forward to this game."