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Lancers win fourth in a row, down Randolph

What a difference one season can make.

The same team that won two games its 2005 campaign is now on a four-game winning streak .

New Life Academy/ Concordia Academy beat Randolph 14-6 Oct. 13, shutting out the Rockets for three quarters to push its winning streak to four-straight.

"This has been a phenomenal year," said Lancers coach Mitch Jensen. "I've been there 23 years and 5-3 is the best record (we've had). We have an opportunity to tie that on Friday."

The win over Randolph wasn't without excitement.

The Rockets scored its first and only touchdown of the evening in the first quarter when the Lancers defense piled Randolph for a 1 yard gain and forced a fumble. But one of the Rockets grabbed the loose football and ran in for a touchdown.

"It was kind of a flukey, busted play, and the half ended with them ahead, 6-0," Jensen said.

Joey Graybill scored two touchdowns for the Lancers and is quickly closing in on 1,000 rushing yards this season. The junior tailback has 967 yards this season, with a regular season contest and at least one playoff game ahead.

In Friday night's win, NLA/CAB had 229 yards rushing on 46 carries against Randolph. Graybill was responsible for 144 of those yards on 22 attempts.

Besides his talent, Graybill has a strong line to give him room, Jensen said. The Lancers can boast seven seniors this season -- David Sarne, Caleb Brumley, Robbie West, Ryan Lubich, Alex Hawkins, Lowell Schoenherr and Mark Baur. All seven of them are from New Life Academy.

Jensen said the senior seven would be missed after this season. The Lancers' host 6-1 Lester Prairie Oct. 18 in the squad's regular season finale.

"We're going to have our hands full there," Jensen said of Lester Prairie. "The teams they've beaten, we've felt have been pretty good."

NLA/CAB will begin their playoffs Oct. 24 against an opponent to be determined.