By KEVIN THOMPSON
SUBLETTE — When it rains, it pours in many ways.
The woes continued for the host Sublette Larks as they fell 55-8 to Lakin in a Hi-Plains League matchup to remain winless in four games this season.
But for the Broncs, it was a great way to bounce back from a high-scoring loss last week to Elkhart, evening their record at 2-2.
The physical rain came in the opening quarter, causing a 30-minute delay just three minutes into the game.
The metaphoric rain in the form of injuries came just six minutes after play resumed, when Larks quarterback Brendan Griesick was carted off the field with a leg injury.
And the rain of scores for Lakin came fast and often.
Lakin outscored the Larks 16-0 in the opening quarter that took 75 minutes to complete.
The Broncs led 49-0 by halftime.
Louis McPherson scored three times and Gage McAtee twice for the Broncs, who amassed 481 yards on the ground, with 341 of those coming in the first half.
Robert Aparicio and Wyatt Burnett scored once each in what Lakin coach Jeff Fuss called one heck of a bounce back.
"We got back to what we like to do, and that's running the football and playing smash-mouth football a little bit," he said. "I thought execution on both sides of the ball was pretty good."
McAtee opened the game with a run of 38 yards, and five plays later ran it in for his first score.
After the two long delays, Burnett scored on a 14-yard run.
Aparicio scored from three yards out on the first play of the second quarter, then quarterback Caleb Seeger hit McAtee for a short pass that the senior speedster ran in from 48 yards out.
After Burnett scored from one yard out, McPherson came in in relief and ran in two scores, one from 33 yards and the other from 13.
McPherson had a banner night, rushing for 142 yards on just 10 carries.
The second half of the game was played with a running clock, and it gave Fuss and his staff a chance to get younger players in the game, including sophomore McPherson, who scored his third touchdown of the night on a 33-yard run.
"They practice hard all week. We told them to be prepared because we knew if we took care of business like we should have, they were going to get a lot of playing time," Fuss said of his second- and third-stringers. "They did a good job and played with a lot of fire."
Fuss got to see a multi-faceted running game, and noted that when teams key in on McAtee, others are capable of stepping in and running away.
He also likes Seeger at quarterback and his passing corps, a complete package when they all get going.
But the offensive line stepped up, creating holes that Fuss said even he could have run through on this night.
The defensive line played big, as well, he said, holding a depleted Sublette squad to just 67 yards of total offense.
Larks coach Steven Simpson makes no bones about his team's struggles, though he likes and appreciates their effort.
"We're just so young. We play so many freshmen and sophomores, and the kids just don't have the experience," he said. "And we've battled some awful injuries and sickness."
His team is giving all it can with what it has, Simpson added.
"They do play hard, and we're gaining a lot of experience," he said. "It's tough experience, but we're gaining it."
Lakin 16 33 6 0 -- 55
Sublette 0 0 0 8 -- 8
L--McAtee 3 run (Burnett run), 10:38
L--Burnett 14 run (Aparicio run), 6:33
L--Aparicio 3 run (Miller kick), 11:56
L--Seeger 48 pass to McAtee (Miller kick), 9:19
L--Burnett 1 run (kick failed), 6k12
L--McPherson 33 run (kick failed), 4:17
L--McPherson 13 run (Miller kick), :13
L--McPherson 34 run (kick failed), 5:53
S--Brown 3 run (Brown run), 5:54
First downs 24 7
Rushing yds 481 41
Passing 1-3 4-12
Passing yds 47 26
Total yds 528 67
Punts-avg 0-0 5-24
Penalties-yds 5-45 1-5
RUSHING--Lakin: Burnett 8-111, McAtee 13-127, Aparicio 3-39, Carter 8-61, McPherson 10-142; Sublette: Morales 12-40.
PASSING--Lakin: Seeger 1-4-47; Sublette: Cearly 3-7-15, Brown 1-1-11, Giesick 0-4-0.
RECEIVING--Lakin: McAtee 1-47; Sublette: Morales 2-5, Gonzales 1-11.