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Posted Date: 10/31/2017

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The Lakin Broncs wrapped up the regular football season at home with a 44-6 win over Syracuse to finish 2-1 in district play last Thursday.

Finishing second in the district means they continued their season Tuesday, traveling to Larned in bi-district action.

The Broncs (7-2) had two huge scoring plays called back by penalties in the first half, but fortunately that didn’t hurt as they eventually wore down and through the Syracuse defense on a cold and blustery evening.

Lakin relied on its running game to dominate the offensive side, rushing 47 times for 340 yards.

The defense held Syracuse to 128 total yards on 45 plays.

Clay Michel, who led with Lakin with 151 rushing yards, scored the first of his three touchdowns with one second left in the first quarter on a 2-yard run.

On Lakin’s next possession, Michel broke through the line and scored from 45 yards out.

Lakin’s final score of the first half came on a short pass play to Khai Hernandez from Hunter Kirby, who completed all four of his pass attempts in the half.

It was more of the same in the third quarter as Dawsen Shalberg scored on a 45-yard run, atoning for an 84-yard run called back on a penalty in the first quarter.

The senior also had a 55-yard score negated by penalty in the second.

Kirby found receiver Juan Banuelos for a 25-yard score at 7:52 in the third to put the Broncs up 36-0.

Michel scored on an 18-yard play to give Lakin a 44-0 lead in the fourth, just not enough to get a running clock as the wind chill continued to dip into the upper 30s.

Syracuse got on the board late when Payson Hawkins scored from six yards out after Lakin fumbled the ball on its own 6-yard line, the fourth turnover on the ground for the Broncs in the game.

Syracuse fumbled the ball seven times, turning it over three times.