ELC 20, Sibley-Ocheyedan 7 – Blue-collar second half
SIBLEY – Estherville Lincoln Central discovered a salty football team in Sibley-Ocheyedan.
But behind the running of Jordan Eggers and Alex Arends, the Midgets dominated the line of scrimmage in a 20-7 victory over the Generals.
Eggers, who rushed 33 times for 205 yards a week ago, nearly reached the 200-mark again with 189 yards on 38 carries-most of those yards coming in the second half. He also scored all three touchdowns.
Arends had a several key runs in the second half that kept the Midgets’ drives going and ended with an unofficial 63 yards on 22 carries.
After battling to a 7-7 tie in the first half though, the Midgets controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half on both sides of the ball.
“I think we grew up a little and found out we have to work hard to get things done,” said ELC coach Jerry Shultz. “I was real proud how the line got off the ball in the second half.”
Starting linemen for the Midgets are Kyle Grems and Kyle Farmer at the tackles, Casey Edwards and Justin Blinkmann at the guards and Aaron Andrews at center.
For the second week in a row, ELC started its first drive with good field position.
The Midgets gave up one first down to the Generals on the hosts’ first drive, but ELC held on a fourth-and-one near midfield to take over on downs.
ELC promptly put Eggers to work.
However, ELC needed an Arends pass to Joel Christensen to convert a third-and-5.
Eggers then rushed twice to take the ball inside the 20.
Arends ran for 8 yards inside the 10 and Eggers converted a third-and-one by taking the ball to the 6-yard line.
On the next play, Eggers broke through for ELC’s first touchdown. The Cody Baker kick gave ELC a 7-0 lead.
ELC forced the Generals to punt on their next drive. The Midgets drove back to midfield, but also had to punt.
After stopping S-O again, an errant pass by Arends landed in the hands of the Generals’ Craig Jacobsma. He returned the ball to the 30-yard line with Joel Christensen saving the immediate touchdown.
The Generals then took nine plays to drive the 30 yards, including a key 25-yard pass on fourth down, with quarterback Greg Hiemstra scoring on a 1-yard dive.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but ELC ate up clock after starting a drive at the 9-yard line and moving the ball across midfield.
The Generals then went three plays and out, but a return by Christensen to midfield gave ELC another good opportunity at the end of the third quarter.
Arends had a key run on third down to convert the first down at the end of the third quarter and Eggers started the fourth quarter with a solid run.
Shortly into the fourth, Eggers scored the second time, this time with 3-yards out with 10:33 remaining.
The Generals blocked the extra point attempt and appeared to have the momentum after taking the kickoff into ELC territory.
The Midgets’ defense again came up big, but ELC had to start its next drive at the 9-yard line again with 8:15 left in the game.
ELC put together a clock-eating 17-play drive, capped by a 1-yard run by Eggers to seal the victory. The Baker kick made the final score 20-7 with under a minute to play.
Arends was 3-6 passing for 38 yards.
Christensen had one catch for 11 yards, Jeremy Hunt had one catch for 12 yards and Dylan Sievert caught one pass for 9 yards.
The Midgets (2-0) open district play at Orange City next week against MOC-Floyd Valley.