LYONS - Lyons-Decatur Northeast and Spalding/Spalding Academy fans were treated to a scoring bonanza for the 2013 season opener Friday as the two 2012 state playoff teams racked up a combined 114 points, but the Cougars came out on top 64-50.
LDNE got off to a fast start, leading 22-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Cougars allowed the Knights to score just once in the second quarter, while putting 20 more points on the board to hold a commanding 42-14 lead at halftime.
Spalding/Spalding Academy regrouped in the third quarter, amassing 22 points including two touchdowns within a minute. The Knights' defense held LDNE to one third-quarter touchdown to trim the Cougars' lead to 50-36.
But Lyons-Decatur notched two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the win, despite two more Knights scores later in the fourth.
Cougar quarterback Alex Brehmer scored his first touchdown just three plays into the game and led his team with four rushing touchdowns, including a 56-yard run. The senior four-year starter also passed for one touchdown.
Senior tight end Dakota Riecken hauled in two touchdowns - including one 15-yard catch then dashing 15 yards to the end zone - and rushed for a third, followed by junior running back Chevy Henneman with one.
Sophomore end Tanner Hudson scored four touchdowns to pace Spalding/Spalding Academy. The Knights' Joe Glaser and Bronc McKay each had one.
Lyons-Decatur Northeast .................... 22 20 8 14--64
Spalding/Spalding Academy ................ 8 6 22 14--50
LDNE: Brehmer 47 run (Run failed) 11:38
LDNE: Brehmer 5 run (Fuston run) 7:51
S/SA: Hudson 4 pass from Stevens (Glaser pass from Stevens) 5:50
LDNE: D. Riecken 15 pass from Brehmer and 15 run (Brehmer run) 3:52
LDNE: Hegy 8 pass from Brehmer (Pass failed) 8:04
S/SA: Glazer 14 pass from Stevens (Pass failed) 7:08
LDNE: Brehmer 56 run (Run failed) 6:57
LDNE: Henneman 52 run (D. Riecken pass from Brehmer) :30
S/SA: Leslie 2 pass from Stevens (McKay pass from Stevens) 9:22
LDNE: Brehmer 43 run (Brehmer run) 9:02
S/SA: Hudson 41 pass from Stevens (Pass failed ) 8:47
S/SA: McKay 47 pass from Stevens (Stevens run) 2:09
LDNE: D. Riecken 5 pass from Henneman (Pass failed) 10:40
LDNE: D. Riecken 23 run (Hegy pass from Brehmer) 7:36
S/SA: Hudson 17 pass from Stevens (Pass failed) 5:54
S/SA: Hudson 24 pass from Stevens (Glaser pass from Stevens) 2:44