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Athlete of the week: Loudenburg's 6-TD performance nearly ties school record

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Athlete of the week: Loudenburg's 6-TD performance nearly ties school record
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

HOWARD — Scoring six touchdowns in a single game is something most football teams aim for.

But for Howard, Luke Loudenburg did that on his own Friday.

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The junior recorded five rushing touchdowns and an 80-yard kickoff return for a score in Friday’s 9-man football game against Mount Vernon/Plankinton.

“I was a little sore last week, so coach decided to give me less carries and I guess I ended up getting six touchdowns,” the 5-foot-5, 145-pound fullback said. “I didn’t know until after the game.”

Loudenburg finished the game with 183 rushing yards on 22 carries, averaging 8.3 yards per carry. Of his five rushing touchdowns, three were from at least 20 yards out.

The Tigers defeated the Titans 54-27 to improve to 3-0 on the season.

For his efforts, Loudenburg has been named The Daily Republic’s athlete of the week, an award voted on by the newspaper’s sports staff.

“Luke has great vision and he gets through the hole so quickly,” Howard head coach Pat Ruml said. “His strength surprises a lot of defensive players because he’s not that easy to bring down if they get ahold of him.”

Loudenburg’s six-touchdown performance nearly tied the school record of seven rushing touchdowns in a game. The record was set by Dan Noonan in a 2009 playoff game against Leola-Frederick. Now knowing he can score six, Loudenburg said the record is something he’ll try for.

“I’d like to be in the record books for that, of course,” he said.

Ruml said Loudenburg is a good leader in offseason and inseason workouts.

“He’s a great leader on and off the field,” Ruml said. “He is a very humble kid considering how good of an athlete he is.”

Loudenburg helped the Tigers advance to the Class 9A state championship game last year and has won two state wrestling titles.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.