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Tough night for ELC

Forest City gets key break in fourth quarter

October 12, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

FOREST CITY - A week after losing by a point, Forest City came out ahead in a 14-13 victory over Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday.

For the Midgets, it was a night when the key breaks didn't quite go their way.

Unofficially, Forest City was held to 146 of offense.

"We went back to the basics on defense this past week," said ELC coach Andy Umthun. "We focused on the fundamentals and did a good job tonight."

A third of those yards came early in the game when Tyler Prescott broke free on a 51-yard touchdown run that put the hosts up 6-0 with 9:43 left to go in the first quarter.

ELC tied the game at 6-6 when Justin Heinrichs connected with Carsten Bosch from 14 yards out on the first play of the second quarter.

ELC had a 10-yard pass from Heinrichs to Avery Hansen called back because of a penalty late in the second quarter and then ELC turned the ball over on downs.

But the Midget defense held Forest City deep in their territory.

When ELC got the ball back in good position, shortly thereafter Heinrichs scored on a 22-yard run with 50 seconds left in the half.

Early in the second half, ELC got pinned inside their 10-yard line by the Indians. But a 69-yard punt by Anthony Segura put Forest City back at their 25-yard line.

But a couple possessions later, Forest City drove back into ELC territory.

The Midgets' defense again stepped up and held the Indians at the ELC 5-yard line.

But the key play was a bad snap that went out of the back of the endzone for a Forest City safety.

That made the score 13-8 with 8:54 left in the game.

On the ensuing kick, Forest City's Grant Lehmann returned the ball to ELC's 1-yard line. Two plays later, Prescott ran the ball in from 2-yard out.

With a 14-13 lead, the Indians tried, but failed on the two-point conversion.

ELC's best chance came with 3:47 left in the game when a poor Forest City punt gave the Midgets the ball at the Indians' 35.

But Heinrichs was sacked on first down and then found himself in a mad scramble on second down. The ball got loose as he was tackled and Forest City recovered the fumble.

After three ELC timeouts, Forest City converted the necessary first down to run out the clock and preserve the win.

Unofficially, Heinrichs had 52 yards on 20 carries. Billy Snyder had 39 yards on 20 carries and Hansen had one carry for two yards.

Heinrichs was 7-of-20 passing for 68 yards.

Bosch snagged an interception for the ELC defense.

ELC (2-5 overall) is on the road again next week against Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.



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