Warriors seal win with late score against Midgets
SERGEANT BLUFF – Estherville Lincoln Central stayed close to Sergeant Bluff-Luton as the Midgets looked to tie the game on a drive in the fourth quarter.
However, a penalty and two sacks pushed ELC back and the host Warriors added an insurance touchdown to win 21-6 on Friday.
“They dominated us up front,” said ELC coach jerry Shultz. “The bottom line is we have to play hard. We’re not going to give up on the kids, but it’s up to them to turn it around.”
The host Warriors struck first on a run by Paul Saxon in the first quarter.
ELC battled back with a little trickery.
A halfback pass from Jordan Eggers to Spencer Johnson found gold from 25 yards out.
ELC missed the point-after attempt as SB-L held onto a 7-6 lead with 11:19 remaining in the first half.
The Midget defense came up with a couple key stops in the first half as Joel Christensen intercepted two passes-the second coming in the end zone late in the first half.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton took the lead early in the third quarter when Saxon broke free on a 50-yard run.
In the fourth quarter ELC was pinned inside their own 5-yard line after a Warrior punt.
On the first play from scrimmage, Eggers broke free on a 62-yard run to the Warrior 34.
A quick 10-yard pass from Alex Arends to Keith Fandel kept the chains moving.
Four straight runs by Eggers took the ball to the 11-yard line when the drive stalled.
A motion penalty against ELC was followed by a 2-yard run by Eggers and then Arends was sacked twice.
The Warriors got the ball at the ELC 29, drove across midfield and Saxon scored on a 41-yard jaunt.
Eggers had a good night rushing with 152 yards on 25 carries plus 1-1 passing for a touchdown.
Arends was 6-of-12 passing for 63 yards.
Receiving, Marcus Christensen caught one pass for 11 yards, Jeremy Hunt had one catch for 12 yards, Fandel had two catches for 27 yards and Johnson had two catches for 33 yards.
Saxon had 203 yards rushing for the Warriors, who had 56 more yards on the ground from four other runners.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton was 3-6 passing with two interceptions.
ELC (2-4, 0-4) returns home next week to host Denison-Schleswig.