Second-half surge not enough: Mayo ends Packers’ season

Published 10:56 pm Tuesday, October 23, 2018

ROCHESTER -— The Austin football team had it’s season end in the same place it started as the No. 5 seeded Packers were knocked off by No. 4 Rochester Mayo 58-32 in a Section 1AAAAA Tournament opener Tuesday.

After trailing 37-0 at the break, the Packers (2-7 overall) made a big surge in the second half. Hunter Guyette had a pair of TD runs and Gavin Owens ran a kick-off back 89 yards to bring Austin within 44-26 going into the fourth quarter.

“We kind of had the same talk at the beginning of the game as we had at halftime,” Austin head coach Brett Vesel said. “The kids responded better at halftime and I don’t why. It was nice that the kids responded. (The seniors are) a great group of guys and they’ve worked really hard. They’re a great bunch of guys to coach and I’m going to miss those guys a ton.”

Austin’s Joe Seeman (40) wraps up Rochester Mayo’s Israel Lozoya in Rochester Tuesday night. Rocky Hulne/

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The Spartans (6-3 overall) took over the game early in the second quarter when they scored two TDs in a span of 10 seconds to go up 28-0. Israel Lozoya had three rushing TDs in the first half for Mayo and he was a handful to get to throughout the night.

“Lozoya for them is phenomenal and we knew that and told the kids,” Vesel said. “(Jason) Williamson (of Owatonna) is really good and (Lozoya)is right there with him. He is special. We just didn’t have an answer for him and he was so elusive and so fast.

The Packers had lost to Rochester Mayo in the season opener on Aug. 31.

Andrew Schumacher carries the ball for the Austin football team in Rochester Mayo Tuesday. Rocky Hulne/


Austin 0         0   26      6     –  32

Mayo 13   24     7    14     –  58

First quarter

(M) Calvin Dixon 3 pass from Cade Sheehan (McCae kick) (6 plays, 65 yards) 8:59

(M) Israel Lozoya 3 run (run failed) (6 plays, 61 yards) 1:21

Second quarter

(M) Robert Schmitt 0 fumble recovery (Lozoya run) (7 plays, 73 yards) 10:29

(M) Lozoya 33 run (McCabe kick) (1 play, 33 yards) 10:21

(M) Lozoya 1 run (kick failed) (8 plays, 58 yards) 4:43

(M) Jack McCabe 20 field goal (7 plays, 14 yards) :00

Third quarter

(A) Hunter Guyette 1 run (Guyette run) (10 plays, 70 yards)

(A) Andy Chesak 19 run (pass failed) (7 plays, 66 yards) 2:48

(A) Guyette 27 run (pass failed) (7 plays, 66 yards) 2:48

(M) Cayden Holcomb 13 run (McCabe kick) (4 plays, 56 yards) 1:56

(A) Gavin Owens 89 kick return (run failed) (1 play, 89 yards) 0:00

Fourth quarter

(M) Jack Murphy 19 run (McCabe kick) (4 plauys, 89 yards) 11:10

(M) Dixon 6 pass from Sheehan (McCabe kick) (12 plays, 88 yards) 2:12

(A) Chesak 1 run (pass failed) (10 plays, 55 yards) :07

Austin’s Thomas Kroymann and Joe Seeman team up to bring down Mayo’s Israel Lozoya in Rochester Tuesday. Rocky Hulne/


Rushing: Hunter Guyette, 14-for-125, 2 TD; Andy Chesak, 10-for-90, TD; Nate Murphy, 13-for-42; Sam Hagen, 4-for-39; Joe Seeman, 5-for-20

Passing: Nate Murphy, 1-for-5, 5, 2 INT

Receiving: Collin Dahlback, 1-for-5

Penalties: 1-for-15


Rushing: 258

Passing: 150

Penalties: 5-for-45

Nate Murphy throws under pressure for the Packers. Rocky Hulne/