Football: Spartans shine in opener

September 2, 2018

It wasn’t perfect, but Rochester Mayo couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome in its season opener Friday.

The relatively inexperienced Spartans outplayed Austin in all phases, making big play after big play in a 52-28 victory at Mayo Stadium.

First-year quarterback Cade Sheehan looked like a veteran in his varsity debut. He passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns, both to senior playmaker Calvin Dixon, who finished with three catches for 100 yards.

Senior running back Speedy Lozoya had a big game, as well. He ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns behind a brand new offensive line that played very well and paved the way for Mayo’s 402 yards of offense.

• The John Marshall football team looks better than it did last year when it won just one game. Actually, it looks a whole lot better.

Still, that improvement wasn’t quite enough to come up with a win in their season opener, the Rockets losing a heart breaker to Winona, 20-14 at John Drews Field. The Winhawks scored two late fourth-quarter touchdowns to prevail.

JM dominated play early, but then struggled later offensively.

• Century was shutout by Mankato West in its season opener for the second straight season. A year ago West posted a 28-0 win over Century to open the season, and on Friday the host Scarlets posted a 24-0 victory.

Jack Foster threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to spark the Mankato West offense.

The Mankato West defense limited Century to 101 total yards, 53 passing and 48 rushing.

• Lourdes held Triton without a first down until late in the fourth quarter Thursday night, and the Eagles rolled to a 42-6 season-opening win over the Cobras in Dodge Center.

Zach Jungels led Lourdes with just short of 100 yards rushing, while Matthew Hayford scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. Mark Ustby led the defense with three sacks.

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