Lake Park-Audubon scored on a 95-yard, fourth quarter drive to defeat Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 6-2 in a defensive battle Friday night at home in Northwest District football.
LP-A started the winning drive at their own five on the first play of the fourth quarter and ran the clock down to four minutes, 10-seconds behind their offensive line moving down the field with the running game.
Raider quarterback Ryan Voge converted a fourth-and-one at the Gator 28 to keep the drive alive. It was one of three fourth down conversions on the winning drive.
Head coach Brian Robertson called timeout with 4:27 remaining in the game facing fourth-and-seven just outside the 20. Voge ran a bootleg around right end and picked up a huge first down.
Carter Raaen raced 12 yards around the left side for the only score of the game on the next play for the 6-0 lead. Raaen’s two-point attempt was stopped just shy of the goal line.
The Gators had four minutes to drive for the tie from their own 38-yard line.
LP-A’s defense nearly ended the game on a first-play fumble by Gator quarterback Tyler Isane, but a teammate recovered the ball near midfield.
The Gators ran no-huddle in the hurry-up offense. A pass to Shaun Waage got into Raider territory and Isane scrambled to the LP-A 28-yard line.
Will Hannesson sacked Isane to push BGMR back to the 37-yard line, but Isane got a free five yards getting the LP-A line to jump.
On third-and-14 from the 32, with 1:37 to play, Marcus Dickelman-Stassen picked off Isane at the goal line and returned the ball to the 10 with 1:17 left to play.
Dickelman-Stassen was beat down the left sideline on the play, but the pass was short and landed square in his hands.
A first down fumble on offense made for a nervous moment, but LP-A recovered and took an intentional safety as time expired for the 6-2 victory.
LP-A had a chance to take an early lead in the game.
The Gators made a big first quarter stop after giving the ball up on a fumble at their own 10-yard line. Joe Dezelar knocked away a third down Voge pass and Dade Melby nearly picked off a pass to Ben Rabideaux at the goal line to kill the drive.
The Gators got into the red zone late in the first half but a bad snap created a difficult passing situation on third down from the Raider 18 leading to an incompletion. A 35-yard field goal attempt on fourth down was wide right leaving zeroes on the scoreboard with 2:29 left until halftime.
A 17-yard run by Jack Osborne moved the Raiders into Gator territory in the final minute. The Gators pushed back on an LP-A counter play and a false start penalty as the Lakers were moved back to midfield. A holding call set up a second-and-31 at the Raider 39 to stall the drive and the teams went to the break in a scoreless tie.
The Gators got inside the Raider 20-yard line on their opening drive of the third quarter on a 70-yard pass to Tanner Foss up the right hash. An LP-A offsides flag set up BGMR inside the 10 on second down but the Gators negated the advantage with a delay of game penalty.
Facing second-and-goal from the 14, a bad snap got loose from Isane and set up a long fourth down from the 24-yard line.
Penalty flags made several impacts on the scoreboard, none bigger for the Gators on the next play.
Isane scrambled to the end zone for an apparent touchdown but the side judge had ruled a false start on the play that the rest of the officiating crew didn’t see allowing the play to proceed taking six points off the board.
The Raiders have won three consecutive games to improve to 3-1 on the season and are 2-0 in district play, tied atop the standings with Ada-Borup/Norman County West and Red Lake County.
The victory matches the win total of each of the past two seasons, both 3-6 campaigns. LP-A has not won four games in a row since a six-game winning streak in 2009.
LP-A goes for four at 1-3 Fosston Friday, Sept. 22.
BGM 0 0 0 2 - 2
LPA 0 0 0 6 - 6
L - Raaen 12 run (run failed)
B - Safety