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Spirit Lake 42, ELC 0 Midgets unable to contain Indians

Four touchdowns come on big plays

September 23, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

SPIRIT LAKE - After posting a 5-4 record last season, Spirit Lake showed why it's a force to be reckoned with in Class 2A this year through the first five games.

Ranked second, the Indians improved to 5-0 with a 42-0 victory over Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday

The Midgets struggled to contain the hosts, as four of Spirit Lake's six touchdowns came on plays of over 50 yards.

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"Spirit Lake has a lot of speed," said ELC coach Ryan Rezac. "We missed some assignments early and it cost us."

The Indians' first strike came in the opening quarter on a 59-yard pass from Connor Jensen to Drew Dickerson with 8:13 left in the period.

Spirit Lake's second scoring drive saw the Indians convert a fourth-and-seven, which was followed immediately by a 6-yard touchdown run by Max Carney.

That came with 4:19 left in the first period.

ELC's defense, held up for a while, but the Midgets' offense couldn't sustain drives.

In the second quarter, Spirit Lake faced a third-and-26 deep in its territory and promptly scored on a 59-yard pass from Jensen to Colby Richter. That came with 5:38 left in the half.

The Indians' defense forced another punt and needed just two plays, as Jensen connected with Dickerson on a 73-yard touchdown pass with 2:05 left in the half.

On ELC's ensuing drive, the Midgets' picked up a first-down on an 18-yard run by Briar Rowley to take it to the ELC 38-yard line. However, the Midgets fumbled on the next play, giving Spirit Lake the ball at the 35-yard line. The Indians needed just three plays to score, with the drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Jensen, as the hosts led 35-0 at the break.

With a running clock in the second half via the 35-point rule, time went quickly.

The Spirit Lake reserves kicked in one more score with 6:46 left in the game on a 51-yard run by Joe Stein.

The Indians finished with 286 rushing yards on 44 carries. Jensen was 6-of-14 passing for 228 yards.

ELC finished with 92 rushing yards led by Rowley with 64 yards on 17 carries. Christian Sheridan had four carries for 14 yards, Nick Leonard had seven carries for 12 yards, Garrett Paulson had a carry for 3 yards and Alec Heifner had five carries for minus-1 yard.

Heifner was 3-of-8 passing for 17 yards. Blake Miller caught one pass for 10 yards and Bennett Loock caught two passes for 7 yards.

Keegan brown led the ELC defense with five solo tackles and seven assists. Kevin Egeland had six solo tackles and one assist. Morgan Dostal and Paulson each had four solo tackles with two assists for Dostal and one for Paulson. Miller had the lone sack for ELC. Sheridan recovered a Spirit Lake fumble.

ELC (2-3 overall, 0-1 in district play) is on the road this Friday against Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (1-4). The Cardinals lost 66-38 to Class 2A No. 2 Algona last Friday.



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