Story and photos by Sydney Scheer
The #6 ranked Luther Lions hosted the Stroud Tigers for the 2017 Senior Night and Black Out game Friday night. Before the game, seniors involved in fall extracurricular activities were recognized with their parents. The students received gifts, snacks, candy and a blanket was presented with pictures of each player. There were posters and memories and future plans shared over the loudspeaker. A few moms cried. It is always touching night, but enough with the sappiness!
The game was scoreless until the last ten seconds of the first quarter with each team holding down their opponent’s offense. Then, there was a pass from Sophomore Quarterback #10 Peyton Wilson to #26 Josh Butler for the first touchdown of the game, adding to the stats recorded by newsok.com in a preview of this game on Thursday calling it Luther’s “perfect season, with Wilson’s 72 of 119 for 1,259 yards and 22 touchdowns.” On the first goal of the Stroud game, #4 Tyler Becker added in the two-point conversion for a 8-0 first quarter that also included #24 Dakota Pridemore picking up a defensive turnover that put Luther back on offense.
In the second quarter, Luther began picking up penalties, and there were plenty more to come. We saw lots of “laundry on the field,” which pushed the Lions back a number of yards for the remainder of the game. From 2nd through 4th quarter, the penalties on Luther kept a running tally, not ideal. That being said, Luther didn’t score until the very end of the second quarter, with just 0:32 seconds left on the board. Becker grabbed eight points for himself in a scoring drive as he ran the touchdown, after a big block by #22 Jesse Cole, and completed the 2-point conversion. It was 16-0 at halftime for the Luther Lions.
The second half continued to be penalty-filled. So much so that after a scoring drive with the ball in the end zone, players and fans made sure to scan the field for flags to be sure it wasn’t called back. In the 3rd quarter, #1 Coleman Stastny scored twice in a row, one with a +60 yard run. Pridemore ran himself a +50 yard touchdown and completed a 2-point conversion. Multiple flags were gained on the extra point, so it was replayed, but the field goal was no good. Luther closed the 3rd quarter with a score of 36-0.
The fourth quarter only held one score with 7:15 minutes remaining on the board, and from then on, Luther played the time off the clock. The fourth quarter score was a touchdown run by junior varsity quarterback #12 Drew Scheer, and Pridemore found Cole in the end zone to complete the 2-point conversion.
Luther ended the ballgame with a 44-0 win over the Stroud Tigers for Week 6 of 2017 season play. Luther holds a 6-0 season record pushing toward week 7. The next game will feature two Class 2A ranked teams – Lions versus Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) next Friday, October 13.
On Sunday, newsok.com picked the Week 7 game as one to watch.
With just more than half of the regular season complete, Luther’s defense has held opponents to just 79 points over 6 weeks, to Luther’s own offensive 321 points, with starting QB #10 Peyton Wilson.
It’s a great day to be a Luther Lion!
Look for the “Friday night wrap-up with Coach Zack Smith” on Mitchell Talks later this week.