Indians blank Generals for a homecoming win
SPIRIT LAKE – Spirit Lake erased the memory of its early season with a 14-0 homecoming victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan on Friday.
The Indians’ defense was the epitome of “bend, but don’t break” as the Generals were knocking at the door of the end zone several times throughout the night.
However, Spirit Lake won the turnover battle five to one.
The Indians started the game by forcing the visitors to go three plays and out and then started their drive from the 32.
That started a 13-play scoring drive that included a pass from Mitch Peschon to Aric Waltz that took Spirit Lake across midfield. Also Kyle Heidebrink had a big run to take the Indians inside the 20.
While a holding penalty on the next play had he Indians starting with a first-and 25, Peschon completed his second pass to Drew Dau that took up a big chunk of yardage. A run by Nik Erickson had Spirit Lake facing a fourth-and-one
Kyle Heidebrink converted the first down as he carried the ball to the 1-yard line and Erickson finished the drive on a 1-yard dive.
“Our tempo was very good to start the game,” said Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt.
While the Indians struggled offensively the rest of the half, the defense made two key stops on a couple of Sibley-Ocheyedan’s drives including one right before halftime.
That left Spirit Lake up 7-0 at the break.
The Indian’s next opportunity came after Peschon pinned the Generals inside the 20 with a punt.
Sibley-Ocheyedan fumbled on the next play and moments later, Peschon connected with Heidebrink in the end zone.
Peschon’s second point-after kick gave Spirit Lake a 14-0 lead.
The Indians though they had another break when Heidebrink picked off his second pass of the night and returned it to the end zone,b ut a holding call after the interception brought the play back.
Sibley-Ocheyedan was its own enemy in the fourth quarter with both penalties and turnovers keeping them out of the end zone.
Unofficially, the Generals out-gained Spirit Lake 229 to 189.
For Spirit Lake, Erickson had 69 yards on 21 carries and Peschon had 43 yards on eight carries.
Peschon was 6-of-14 passing for 50 yards.
Dau and Heidebrink each caught two passes for 19 yards. Waltz had one catch for 12 yards and Erickson had one for 5 yards.
Spirit Lake (1-3, 1-1) hosts Western Christian next Friday.