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Spencer 21, ELC 0 – Tigers run wild

By Staff | Sep 27, 2008

ELC’s defense struggled to stop Spencer quarterback Craig Cunningham (3) in the first quarter, but the Midgets fought the Tigers to a standstill in the second half. Making the tackle are Jordan Eggers (29), Joel Christensen (21) and Justin Blinkmann (51). EDN photos by David Swartz

SPENCER – Estherville Lincoln Central hadn’t suffered from the penalty bug through the first half of the 2008 season.

On Friday though, the Midgets were unable to take advantage of good field position due to penalties and also struggled to run the ball against Spencer..

Meanwhile the Tigers seemed to move the ball at will in the first half, except for a couple of fumbles, and ELC’s mental errors proved too much to overcome.

The Tigers took a 21-0 lead in the first half and then held to win by that score.

Spencer took its opening drive straight down the field and scored on a 20-yard run by quarterback Craig Cunningham.

ELC’s Alex Arends (14) finds a little room to run on this play.

“We did very poor job of reading the option,” said ELC coach Jerry Shultz. “We also did a poor job of tackling all night long. We tried to just put an arm in there instead of the whole body.”

ELC started with a first down on a run by Jordan Eggers, but then were forced to punt.

The Tigers started to move the ball, but then fumbled with Eggers returning the drop to the Spencer 26.

However, penalties pushed ELC back and the Midgets were repelled.

Spencer drove across midfield, but again fumbled the ball. Again, a couple penalties stopped the Midget drive.

After ELC’s punt, Spencer finally adjusted and Cunningham connected with Greg Maassen on a 26-yard pass.

The Tigers got one more score before halftime as Cunningham hit Sam Brockshus on a screen pass.

With the ground game not working, ELC went to the air before half.

Spencer Johnson caught two passes, including a 39-yard reception and Joel Christian caught another as ELC drove inside the 10.

But on a fourth-and-one at the 2-yard line, the Midgets came up short of the first down with time winding down in the first half.

The Tigers ran one play and went into the lockerroom with a 21-0 lead.

ELC made some halftime adjustments and came back with some better play.

“What bothers me is that we don’t show enough enthusiasm,” said Shultz. “He the second half, we had more, but not at the level we need.”

Most of the last two quarters was played between the 20-yard lines with neither defense giving up much room.

Unofficially, Jordan eggers had 50 yards on 18 carries, but ELC ended with only 27 yards on the ground.

Alex Arends was 8-of-18 passing for 102 yards.

Christensen had three catches for 26 yards, Johnson had two catches for 50 yards and Jeremy Hunt had two catches for 18 yards.

Spencer had 166 yards on the ground led by Cunningham with 88. Cunningham also was 6-of-17 passing for 131 yards.

ELC (2-3, 0-3) is on the road against Sergeant Bluff-Luton next Friday.