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  • Lancers lose QB Thompson and district game

  • The Southeast Lancers reached win-or-go-home status a week early, losing to the Galena Bulldogs 23-6 Friday night in a key district game. Coupled with Riverton’s win over Colgan, all four district eight teams now face elimination games in the final week of the regular season next week.

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  • The Southeast Lancers reached win-or-go-home status a week early, losing to the Galena Bulldogs 23-6 Friday night in a key district game. Coupled with Riverton’s win over Colgan, all four district eight teams now face elimination games in the final week of the regular season next week.
    Southeast faces Colgan and Riverton hosts Galena as all four teams are 1-1 in district play.
    The Lancers won’t immediately know if they’ll have the services of starting quarterback senior quarterback Josh Thompson next week, either.
    “Josh has suffered a grade two concussion,” said Lancer coach Clint Rider. “He took a pretty good shot, and we were concerned about his safety.”
    Thompson threw for 70 yards and a touchdown before being knocked out of Friday’s game at the 6:38 mark of the second quarter, with Southeast trailing 8-6. He spent the rest of the game watching from the bench while his teammates battled the Bulldogs to a draw, until the game turned on a special teams mistake on the final play of the third quarter.
    Southeast, facing a fourth and 12, lined up to punt from its own 25 when disaster struck in the form of a bad snap. Punter Ryan Rakesraw managed to kick the errant ball through the back of the end zone for a safety, putting Galena up 10-6, but the Bulldogs scored the game-clinching touchdown on the ensuing possession.
    “It’s tough to replace someone like Josh back there. Caleb (Biancarelli) did a good job, but at the same time there’s that leadership presence and Josh’s physical strength, not only his arm strength, but as a runner.”
    “It puts us in an uncomfortable situation.”
    Biancarelli played well in relief of Thompson, but it was clear the passing game was not the same without Thompson.
    “They’re just two different players,” Rider said.
    Galena’s decisive touchdown came on a 34-yard drive following the free kick off the safety. The Bulldogs were up 16-6 at the 7:57 mark of the fourth quarter and tacked on another score late.
    Biancarelli finished with 55 yards rushing and connected on four of 12 passes for 40 yards in relief of Thompson. However, the Lancers only got inside the Galena 20 once in the second half, on the final drive of the night that ended on an incomplete pass at the Bulldog 17.
    Galena trailed 6-0 early when the Lancers scored on their second possession of the game. A 49-yard pass from Thompson to Daniel Peak keyed the 90-yard, seven-play drive.
    Galena answered with a quick score of its own, a 48-yard touchdown run by Trenton Little on the ensuing possession. Logan Johnson converted the two-point try to stake the Bulldogs to the 8-6 early lead.
    The Lancers dominated play on defense in the second half until the safety play on the last play of the third quarter.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I thought our defense played well tonight, considering we put them in bad field position most of the game,” Rider said.
    Galena, 5-3, got a balanced attack from its three main offensive weapons – Little, Johnson and Jacob Huffman. The Bulldogs also got 140 yards passing and two touchdowns from quarterback Kyler Cook – both scores in the fourth quarter.
    Southeast stopped an early Galena drive, holding the Bulldogs at bay four times from inside the seven yard line in the second quarter. It was on the ensuing offensive possession after that defensive stand that Thompson went out with an injury.
    Standout wide receiver Daniel Peak caught six passes on the night – three each from Thompson and Biancarelli.
    As for next week, the winners advance and the losers are done in district play. Who wins and who loses will also determine seeds, depending on head-to-head match-ups.
    “I guess we’ll be Riverton fans next week,” Rider said.
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