Win over Ladysmith sends Spooner into playoffs

Ryan Lauterbach crosses the goal line in the 44-21 Spooner romp over Ladysmith for the Rails homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 6. The win gives Spooner a berth in the playoffs. Lauterbach had 147 yards rushing and one touchdown. — Photo by Larry Samson

Larry Samson | Staff writer

SPOONER – The Spooner football program is back, as they defeated the Ladysmith Lumberjacks, 44-21, for their homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 6. The win guarantees Spooner a spot in the playoffs on Friday, Oct. 20. The win was also a birthday gift to Josh Melton, a senior running for the Rails team.

Sam Melton was the first to score Friday night when he crossed the goal line on a 15-yard run. Ryan Lauterbach made it an eight-point game when he ran the two-point conversion. Chase Melton put the Rails up 16-0 in the second quarter. He intercepted on the 37-yard line, setting up a Ryan Lauterbach touchdown. The Rails went into the locker room with a 22-0 lead.

The Lumberjacks came out of the locker room in the second half and made a long drive, making it a 22-6 game after Spooner denied them the two-point conversion. Spooner answered back on the next series with a long drive that was capped off with a 15-yard Chase Melton touchdown. After that series for Ladysmith, the Spooner defense rose to the occasion and shut down the Lumberjacks defense. John Nauertz made it 37-6 on a 7-yard touchdown run. After Spooner pulled their starters, the Lumberjacks scored two touchdowns. The game was never in doubt as the Rails played with confidence and desire.

Chase Melton led the Rails with 187 yards and three touchdowns. Lauterbach had 147 yards and one touchdown. Nauertz had 87 yards and one touchdown. Sam Melton had 54 yards and one touchdown. Sam Melton recovered one Ladysmith fumble and Chase Melton had one interception. The 44-21 win puts Spooner in second place with a 4-2 record.

Spooner will go up against Chetek on Friday, Oct. 13, in Chetek. Both teams will be playing for second place in the Heart O’North Conference. This the last game of the regular season for the Rails.