Lions oust Midgets from playoffs
ROCK RAPIDS — Central Lyon/George-Little Rock showed why its the ranked second in Class 2A in the second half of Friday’s playoff game against Estherville Lincoln Central.
The Lions used two clock-eating drives in the third period sandwiched around the Midgets’ lone score on the way to a 28-6 victory.
ELC ends its season with a 6-2 record while CL/GLR advances with a 9-0 record against its district rival, West Lyon 8-1, a 12-0 winner of Spirit Lake. After Friday’s game, the Midgets received a trophy for officially making the playoffs.
The Midgets’ defense showed it was on par with Central Lyon/George-Little Rock in the first half.
ELC’s Ryan Schiltz ended the Lions first drive with an interception in the endzone, as the hosts faced a fourth and 10.
On the Midgets’ ensuing drive, ELC converted a third and 25 deep in its own territory and drove across midfield before stalling at the Lion 35-yard line.
The first quarter ended with no score, but the Lions had drove to ELC’s 29 yard line. They started the second quarter, driving inside the ELC 10-yard line, before the Midgets came up with the goal-line stand at the 2-yard line.
The two teams continued to battle and the momentum shifted to ELC after Kevin Egeland interception a Lion pass. While ELC’s drive stalled, a good punt by Seth Busch pinned Central Lion inside its 15-yard line. The Midgets were prepared to stop the hosts moments later,a s the Lions faced a third and 11 from their 10 yard line.
However that’s when the momentum shifted again, as Zach Lutmer completed a 40-yard pass to Cooper Spiess at midfield.
That energized the Lions and when a personal foul penalty went against ELC a couple players later, the hosts were knocking on the door. Kaden Meyer capped the 90-yard drive with a 2-yard run. Spiess’ extra point put CL/GLR up 7-0 at the break.
The Lions started the second half with the ball and kept it on the ground with Meyer scoring from 10-yards out with 7:21 left in the third quarter.
ELC responded on the ensuing drive with Ryan Schiltz connecting with Matt Christensen with 4:20 left in the period. However, the Lions blocked Brandon Flores’ extra point attempt and led 14-6.
CL/GLR came right back on its next drive, which didn’t finish until the start of the fourth quarter to go up 21-6.
A poor return on the ensuing kickoff had ELC backed up inside its 20-yard line. With options limited, the Midgets attempted to convert a fourth and 1 and the Lions’ defense held.
Central Lyon/George-Little Rock scored on the next play, an 18-yard run, to put the game essentially out of reach.
ELC finished with 168 yards through the air and just 49 on the ground.
The Lions carried the ball 56 times for 279 yards and had 60 passing yards. Meyer led the Lions with 11 rushing yards with 102 coming in the second half on 16 carries.
ELC thanks its six seniors for their efforts this season–Alex Jensen, Matt Christensen, Brody Waddell, Kevin Egeland, Nick Leonard and Garrett Paulson.