ELC 41, Storm Lake 14 – Running all night
Estherville Lincoln Central followed its game plan perfectly on Friday-run the ball and keep Storm Lake off the field.
Unofficial Jordan Eggers rushed for 303 yards on 32 carries and Keith Fandel had another 100 yards on 11 carries in the Midgets’ 41-14 victory.
“I thought our offensive line did a great job tonight,” said ELC coach Jerry Shultz. “When you get a push like we had tonight, then Jordan has good field vision and can find his lanes.”
Starting linemen for ELC are tackles Kyle Farmer and Kyle Grems, guards Justin Blinkmann and Casey Edwards, center Aaron Andrews and tight end Jeremy Hunt.
For the game, ELC had 449 yards on the ground.
“When you come out and run that many yards, good things are going to happen,” Shultz said.
The Midgets began the night just that way.
Starting at their 20, ELC drove to midfield when Eggers broke through the secondary and outraced the defenders on a 51-yard run for a 6-0 ELC lead.
The Midgets pinned Storm Lake deep on the kickoff as they were helped by a Tornado penalty.
Storm Lake went three plays and was forced to punt from their endzone as ELC had good position at midfield.
This time, the Tornadoes’ defense held at the 20-yard line, but again Storm Lake couldn’t move the ball.
This time, Dylan Sievert returned the punt to the Storm Lake 37.
A 34-yard touchdown run by Eggers was called back due to a holding penalty and the Midgets had to work to get the first down before the end of the fist quarter.
ELC started the second quarter with the ball at the 10-yard line. The Midgets struggled to move inside the 10, but on fourth down, Eggers found running room right up the middle.
On the two-point conversion, quarterback Alex Arends was forced to scramble, but bulled his way into the endzone as ELC led 14-0 with 11:02 left in the half.
Although Storm Lake finally completed a couple passes on each of its next drives, both teams struggled to move the ball.
ELC started the second half the same as the first after stopping Storm Lake on its first drive.
Eggers broke free on a 34-yard run to the Storm Lake 26 which was followed by a 9-yard run by Fandel. Eggers completed the drive with a 17-yard run on the next play.
ELC had another quick score after pinning the Tornadoes deep in their own territory and forced a fumble.
Blinkmann landed on the ball in the endzone for a Midget touchdown as ELC took a 26-0 lead.
Storm Lake finally put a drive together, scoring on a 10-yard pass, but ELC came right back with Fandel scoring on a 6-yard run.
Arends connected with Spencer Johnson on the two-point conversion for a 34-7 lead.
The Tornadoes scored one more time early in the fourth quarter, but ELC answered a minute later with Eggers’ fourth touchdown on a 6-yard run. Nathan Spoo kicked the extra point for the final tally.
Arends threw the ball just four times with the one completion to Johnson.
The Midgets even their record at 4-4 and improve to 2-4 in district play. ELC ends the regular season at LeMars next Friday.