Left: James Long, Jacob Whitney and Dan Fujan team up to tackle K-M running back Mitchell Stenzel. Above: Kasson's Camden Brownlow is called for pass interference against Michael Carl in what would have been a sure touchdown catch. Carl caught a TD on the previous series. After the penalty, Byron's Dan Fujan ran one in for Byron's third and final score of the night. Photos by Keith Garvens
By Ruth Hanson
The Byron Bears lost 38-22 to the Kasson-Mantorville Komets on Wednesday, October 16, in the final game of the regular season.
"Our kids didn't quit," Coach John Austinson said. "They played much better in the second half. They came fighting back and that was very good to see."
Ryan Thompson, the Bears third string quarterback and a sophomore, was the starting quarterback and scored Byron's first points. He scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter. James Wong kicked the extra point.
Michael Carl, a senior, caught a 20-yard pass from Thompson to score Byron's second touchdown in the fourth quarter. Wong scored the extra point.
Dan Fujan, a junior, scored in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard run with five minutes left on the clock. Thompson made the two-point conversion.
"We were inside the 10-yard line twice, but failed to score," Austinson said.
K-M scored one touchdown in the first quarter, three in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth. They scored several extra points.
Thompson completed 14 of 32 pass attempts for 138 yards and one touchdown.
Byron had 142 total yards rushing, with Fujan carrying the ball 18 times for 123 yards and one touchdown.
Carl had four catches for 88 yards and one touchdown.
Byron had 136 yards rushing and 138 yards passing.
Noah Schutte was Byron's leading tackler with 10 tackles.
"We really liked the way the boys came out in the second half and played so well," Austinson said. "We hope to carry on that kind of play into our next game."
Byron will face Red Wing at home on Tuesday, October 22. The Wingers have not won a single game and may have lost their starting quarterback to a dislocated left shoulder on Wednesday. Byron's overall record is 2-6. They have been plagued with injuries this season.