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ELC 30, Cherokee 6 ‘D’ does it again

Midgets limit Braves’ ground attack while Sheridan runs wild for ELC

October 17, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

CHEROKEE - For the second week in a row, the Estherville Lincoln Central defense nearly pitched a shutout while the offense sustained and finished drives in a 30-6 win over Cherokee on Friday.

The Midgets' defense limited the Braves' ground game, holding the hosts to 1 positive yard in the first half and 52 rushing yards for the game.

Cherokee did have success through the air in the first half, but adjustments in the second half limited the Braves' offense even further.

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Cherokee started the game with a good drive that stalled inside the ELC 20, as the Midget defense made its first stand of the night.

The Midgets then promptly drove down field with a pass from Alec Heifner to Seth Loock taking the ball to the brave 18-yard line. Three plays later, Heifner connected with Blake Miller from 9 yards out, as ELC scored with 4:51 left in the first quarter. Isaac Johnson's extra point kick gave the Midgets a 7-0 lead.

ELC's defense stopped the Braves on their next drive. This time a pass from Heifner to Jacob Bosch took the ball to the Brave 6-yard line. After a run by Christian Sheridan took the ball to the 2-yard line, Bosch completed the drive with a 2-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. Johnson's kick made the score 14-0 with 11:55 left to go in the first half.

"The line was giving me time to throw," said Heifner after the game.

Cherokee went to the air on its next drive, driving inside the ELC 5-yard line. The Midgets' defense pushed the Braves back, but on fourth and goal from the 9-yard line, Cherokee quarterback Alex Paulsrud found an open Trevor Lundquist for the Braves' first score of the night with 7:47 left in the half.

ELC had a couple chances to score before the break, but Heifner threw an interception in the Cherokee end zone when the Midgets were running their 2-minute offense.

The teams traded interceptions once before half as ELC held its 14-6 lead.

Going into the locker room, ELC coach Mark Atwater was thinking of a game earlier this season against Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, who rallied from a 14-6 halftime deficit to defeat the Midgets.

"We needed to be all gas and no brakes," said Atwater. "We did a good job of not letting up on our offensive drives tonight."

In the second half, the Midgets went to their ground game. Behind the offensive line of Isaac Hanson, Jesse Wolfe, Brian Egeland, Kylan Fitzgerald, Morgan Dostal and Joe Hecht, Sheridan racked up over 100 yards on the ground in the third quarter. He finished off two drives with a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs.

"He wanted to rush the ball and he wanted to hit," said Atwater of Sheridan. "The second half saw us start to push guys around."

His first touchdown of the night came with 7:51 on the clock and the second came at 4:45, both in the third period. Johnson hit the first extra point, but the second was blocked. However, ELC led 27-6.

Johnson would add a 27-yard field goal with 7:43 left in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

For ELC, Sheridan finished with 25 carries for 176 yards. Bosch had nine carries for 40 yards, Johnson had three carries for 10 yards and Jalen Tripp had three carries for 9 yards, as ELC finished the night with 235 rushing yards on 40 carries.

Heifner finished the night 12-for-19 passing for 175 yards.

Defensively, Dostal and Egeland shared a sack. Egeland and Hecht each had two solo tackles for a loss while Rodrigo Alvarado, Fitzgerald and Jakob Paulson each had one. Egeland had two assist tackles for a loss and Dostal and Alvarado each had one.

Heifner and Sheridan led the ELC defense with five tackles each while Egeland had 4.5. Ryan McDonald had an interception.

ELC (3-5 overall, 2-4 in district play) ends the regular season at home against MOC-Floyd Valley (3-5 overall, 3-3 in district play).



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