Estherville Lincoln Central had the momentum early for the Midgets' Homecoming on Friday.
But a 60-yard touchdown run by South Central Calhoun quarterback Jake Petzenhauser gave the visiting Titans' the momentum.
A muffed punt snap went over the head of Anthony Segura right before the end of the first half led to an SCC touchdown three plays later. The Titans kept the momentum by scoring on their two drives of the second half as the visitors handed ELC a 31-6 loss on Friday.
ELC’s Corey Reeves (88) tips this pass during first-half play against South Central Calhoun on Friday. Find photos at cu.esthervillenews.net.
Photo by David Swartz
I thought we played a very good first half until the last two minutes," said ELC coach Andy Umthun. "We need to battle better when the going gets tough, but we did a lot better job trying to stay in the game tonight."
Unofficially, the visitors finished with 417 total yards compared to 213 yards by ELC.
The Midgets started well enough, getting one first down and then a good punt by Anthony Segura that rolled to the SCC 21-yard line.
After exchanging possessions, ELC still had good field position and drove inside the Titan 25-yard line.
But on a third-and-8, a pass from Justin Heinrichs bounced off receiver Joe Heinrichs and into the arms of SCC's Rylan Richardson, who just happened to be in the right place.
ELC's defense held the visitors to three plays and out again. A short punt gave the Midgets the ball at midfield.
ELC mixed up the run and pass and on second-and-5 from the 26, Justin Heinrichs connected with Rodrick Fuller, who broke a tackle to get inside the 1-yard line.
On the next play, Billy Snyder went straight up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:30 left in the first quarter. The PAT kick by Segura failed, but ELC led 6-0.
Two possessions later, ELC began a drive on their own 25. ELC went with a heavy dose of running between Justin Heinrichs and Snyder, but a fumble by Snyder gave the ball to the visitors at their own 40.
After two incomplete passes, Petzhenhauser went back to pass on third-and-10, but then pulled the ball down and found a lot of room to the left side of the field-60 yards to the end zone.
The Titans also missed the extra point as the scored stay tied at 6-6 with 4:13 left in the first half.
ELC went three plays and out on its next drive, but SCC's return man fumbled the punt by Segura and Noah Helmers recovered the ball at the Titan 41.
The Midgets couldn't take advantage of the opportunity as Justin Heinrichs was intercepted on the next play from scrimmage.
The two teams traded possessions in the short time before halftime. That's when the snap went over the head of punter Segura. He covered the ball up at the 11-yard line.
The Titans took two shots at the endzone before Petzenhauser connected with Jace Neubaum on and 11-yard strike with 7 seconds on the clock. The visitors' failed on the two-point conversion, but led 12-6 at the break.
SCC started with the ball in the second half. A false start on first down didn't hurt the visitors. On third-and-15, Petzenhauser connected with Cyle King on a 58-yard strike as the visitors led 18-6.
ELC was pinned deep in their own territory on the ensuing kickoff and an 8-yard loss on first down put the Midgets just 2-yards out from their endzone. ELC got some breathing room, but had to punt after three plays. The Titans took advantage of the short field and scored just a few plays later on a 2-yard run by Jeff King, this time adding a PAT kick to lead 25-6.
The visitors added one more score with 10:13 left in the game on a run by Jeff King, this time from 23-yards out.
Unofficially for ELC, Justin Heinrichs was 11-of-24 passing for 105 yards. He also ran the ball 16 times for 99 yards while Snyder finished with 48 yards on 16 carries.
The Titans (2-3 overall, 2-1 in district play) had 210 yards on the ground led by Jeff King with 138 on 23 carries. SCC finished 4-of-15 passing for 107 yards.
ELC (2-3 overall, 1-2 in district play) is home again next week against Central Lyon/George-Little Rock.