ELC 25, Sheldon 13 – A solid start
After running for over 1,500 yards a year ago, Jordan Eggers picked up where he left on in Estherville Lincoln Central’s season opener against Sheldon.
The senior 180-pounder rushed 33 times for just under 200 yards and one score in the Midgets 25-13 win over the Orabs.
ELC started quickly, forcing Sheldon to punt on its first series and then recovering the fumbled snap.
That gave the Midgets the ball on the Orabs’ 31-yard line for the first drive of the season.
“We need to get a three and out to start and we did a nice job against the run and shut down their fullback, who’s big and runs hard,” said ELC coach Jerry Shultz.
ELC went right to work behind Jordan Eggers, who had a couple big carries before Keith Fandel closed out the drive on a 9-yard touchdown run.
“I thought the offensive line got off the ball well and Jordan ran hard,” said Shultz.
Cody Baker converted his first varsity extra point kick as ELC led 7-0 at the 8:44 mark of the first quarter.
ELC’s next drive started on their 19. The Midgets drove across midfield helped by a 16-yard pass from Alex Arends to chance Moore, but stalled at the 46.
Fandel’s punt landed inside the 10-yard line where Sheldon started at their 8-yard line.
To start the second quarter, the Orabs were called for a false start. That was followed by a busted play that had the visitors scrambling in their endzone. Dylan Sievert, with a little help from Jeremy Hunt, tackled Danny Ridenour in the endzone for a safety for a 9-0 ELC lead at the 11:46 mark.
After the Sheldon kick, ELC started another scoring drive at the Sheldon 45. The Midgets drove inside the 20 and a 16-yard run by Arends took the ball inside the one. Eggers finished the drive with a 1-yard plunge with 8:01 left in the half. The kick by Baker gave ELC a 16-0 lead.
Although the Midgets had stifled the Orabs most of the half, a reverse on Sheldon’s next play from scrimmage went 45 yards to ELC’s 23-yard line.
However, the Orabs fumbled on the next play with ELC recovering.
ELC moved across midfield on a 28-yard run by Eggers and an 11-yard run by Arends.
ELC kept to the ground with Arends scoring from 14 yards out. Baker’s kick gave ELC a 23-0 lead with 4:16 left in the half.
The Orabs weren’t ready to go quietly.
On their next drive, quarterback Nick Meendering connected with Andy Goeb on a pair of passes to drive inside the ELC 10. Meendering completed the drive on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Graeme St. Clair made the kick to cut ELC’s deficit to 23-7.
The Midgets ran out the clock to end the half with Eggers already amassing 118 yards.
Besides an unofficial 193 yard for Eggers, Alex Arends had 63 yards on 14 carries and Keith Fandel had 20 yards on four carries.
Arends only passed twice, completing the one pass to Moore for 16 yards.
For Sheldon, Meendering was 9-15 for 146 yards. ELC held the Orabs to just 109 yards on the ground with half of that coming on the reverse in the second quarter.
ELC (1-0) is at Sibley-Ocheyedan with a 7 p.m. start.