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FOOTBALL: A-W drops first game of year at L-B

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

LAWTON -- Akron-Westfield surrendered 21 points in the first quarter en route to its first loss of the 2011 season.

The Westerners, who jumped into the Class A rankings at No. 10 last week, dropped a 42-19 decision to the Eagles of Lawton-Bronson in Week 2 action Friday.

The Westerners did not score until time expired in the first half and then managed just a touchdown per quarter in the second half of the loss.

The Westerners did manage to roll up 345 yards of total offense on the night, led by a 127-yard rushing effort by Taylor James.

Chance Klemme completed 7-for-13 pass attempts for 155 yards and a touchdown.

Cory Eskra caught a 64-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter while Mitch Hedlund caught a couple balls for 37 yards.

James, Zach Tindall, Chet Utesch and Chet Willer each caught a pass from Klemme in the loss.

Defensively, Willer and Cole Oltmanns each totaled four tackles, while Christopher Swearingen made three solo stops, two of which were for a loss.

The Westerners got on the board on the final play of the first half on Klemme's 1-yard touchdown run.

A-W scored in the third quarter on a 64-yard pass from Klemme to Eskra to cut its deficit to 28-13.

A-W scored the final points of the game with 6:30 to play as James scampered in from 13 yards out. The 2-point conversion pass play came up short.

L-B scored in each quarter save for the second.

The Westerners (2-1) travel to Buffalo Center for a non-district game against North Iowa in Week 3.

North Iowa (1-1) dropped a 31-13 decision to West Fork on Friday.

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