Due to inclement weather, the game against Class 2A No. 8 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock and Estherville Lincoln Central was halted early on Friday. However, it was essentially over as the visiting Lions led 47-0 when play lightning and thunderstorms arrived early in the second half.
"Hats off to Coach (Toby) Lorenzen and the Lions," said ELC coach Andy Umthun. "They were stronger and out-physicalled us.
"We knew what they were going to do, but it's one thing to know what they'll do and it's another thing to stop them."
Estherville Lincoln Central struggled to stop No. 8 ranked Central Lyon/George-Little Rock at home on Friday. Above, Anthony Segura (34), Avery Hansen (3), Mark Paulson (32) and Sergio Osornio (69) attempt to stop the Lions’ CJ Roths from scoring.
Photo by David Swartz
ELC did have one caveat to the night. The Midgets were without starting quarterback Justin Heinrichs, who had surgery on his non-throwing hand this week.
Fellow junior Carsten Bosch got the start behind center.
"Carsten filled in and stepped up," said Umthun. "I appreciate what he did."
But ELC's offense didn't have much success while the visiting Lions used big plays to score early and often.
ELC won the toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game. But after three plays, the Midgets punted on fourth-and-5.
A good punt by Anthony Segura allowed ELC to reverse the field as the ball rolled to the CLGLR 25-yard line.
Three plays later, Lions quarterback Pete Menage busted into the ELC secondary and out-ran the defense for a 63-yard score.
After an ELC offside call on the extra point attempt, the Lions' went for two as CJ Roths for an 8-0 lead by the visitors at the 9:23 mark of the first quarter.
ELC again punted on its next series. This time a short punt gave the lions the ball at the ELC 40. Menage promptly connected with Jesse Heinrichs on a 40-yard strike. The kick by Nic Lutmer made the score 15-0.
The Lions next drive started at the ELC 44. This time ELC did force a fourth-and-2, but the visitors converted the first down with Roths completed the drive with a 1-yard run with 1:23 left in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead.
ELC's first break came early in the second quarter as Joe Heinrichs intercepted a Menage pass to give ELC the ball at the Midget 44-yard line.
After getting one first down, ELC had to punt again.
The Lions quickly reversed the field position, as Roths broke free on a 50-yard run. On the next play, Jesse Heinrichs found a hole and went 30-yards for the score.
ELC appeared ready to stop the Lions on their next drive. But on third-and-14, Menage connected with Roth for a big play. Menage then connected with Grant Metzger on a 26-yard strike as the visitors led 35-0.
The visitors got one more score before half, as Roths broke free on a 56-yard run.
In the second half, the Lions scored on a 69-yard run.
Shortly thereafter, lightning entered the area forcing officials to stop play. The decision was then made to halt play.
Unofficial halftime stats had ELC with 31 rushing yards on 18 carries. Bosch was 3-for-8 passing for 6 yards.
The Lions had 19 rushes for 248 yard while the visitors were 4-of-6 passing for 116 yards.
Defensively for ELC, Joe Heinrichs had the first-half interception and Chase Paulson recovered a fumble early in the second half
ELC (2-4 overall, 1-2 in district play) is at Forest City next Friday.