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ELC upsets No. 8 Spirit Lake

September 29, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

A 52-yard touchdown run by Ryan Schiltz set the tone for Estherville Lincoln Central against Spirit Lake on Friday.

The Midgets came ready to play and when the dust settled, ELC had a 20-14 win over the rival Indians-the first win against Spirit Lake since 2005.

"This is a dream come true and to have it happen my senior year is great," said ELC senior Isaac Hanson. "We all really wanted this one."

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Time and time again, ELC's defense came up with the stops needed to keep Spirit Lake out of the end zone.

The Midgets added to their early 6-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter when Schiltz connected with Matt Christensen from 15 yards out. While ELC didn't convert on either extra point, the Midgets held a 12-0 lead.

That was the score until 15 seconds left in the half, when Spirit Lake finally completed a drive. Quarterback Brent Scott connected Caleb Oolman from 5 yards out. The extra point made the score 12-7 at the break.

In the third quarter, ELC's defense continued to bend, but not break, with a pair of goal line stands.

ELC finally was able to reverse field position when Schiltz connected with Parker Rowley that took ELC across midfield. A strong by Nick Leonard gave ELC the ball at the Indian 20-yard line.

Three players later, ELC face fourth-and-5 from the 15-yard line when Schiltz recorded his second touchdown pass-this time to Kevin Egeland with 5:50 left in the game. Schiltz then ran in the two-point conversion and ELC led 20-7.

ELC's defense stepped up one more time, as the Indians drive stalled in Midget territory.

The Midgets ran down the clock to just over a minute before punting the ball.

Spirit Lake's last gasp saw Gavin Harms score with 10 seconds left in the game for the final tally.

However, the ensuing onside kick went directly into Egeland's arms, as he fell on the ball. Out of timeouts, ELC kneeled down once to end the game.

Spirit Lake finished the night with 399 yards of offense with 237 through the air and 164 on the ground. However, Spirit Lake had the only turnovers in the game-a pair of interceptions. Scot entered the game completing 70 percent of his passes, but completed just 51 percent-23-of-45- against ELC.

"We didn't want someone to come into our house and win our game," said senior Weston Shasteen.

For ELC, Schiltz led the ground game with 80 yards on 13 carries while Garrett Paulson had 30 yards on 13 carries, Nick Leonard had 23 yards on three carries and Weston Shasteen had four carries for 7 yards.

Schiltz was 9-of-14 passing for 141 yards, as ELC finished with 278 total yards.

Rowley had two catches for 67 yards, Christensen had three catches for 38 yards, Shasteen had a catch for 22 yards, Egeland had his 15-yard touchdown catch and Daryl Jensen had two catches for minus 1 yard.

Senior Keegan Brown, ELC's leading tackler this season had some final thoughts.

"Why go into a game thinking your going to lose?" he said. "Just go out and enjoy the game."

Coach Ryan Rezac had only complements for his squad after the win.

"Those guys played their hearts out," Rezac said. "What an amazing night-the crowd and sideline were amazing."

Defensively, Shasteen and Leonard both had interceptions.

Brown had 12 solo tackles and two assists while Paulson had 10 tackles and one assist. Leonard had nine solo tackles and two assists. Kollasch and Hanson teamed up for a sack of Scott.

Shasteen punted seven times for 238 yards with one key punt from the Midgets' end zone with two Spirit Lake defenders nearly hanging on him.

"When I saw those guys coming, I just kind of dropped kicked it," he said.

ELC (3-2 overall, 1-0 in district play) hosts Garner-Hayfield/Ventura this Friday for homecoming. The Cardinals (2-3 overall) opened district play on Friday with a 35-7 loss to third-ranked Algona.



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