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A rough night for ELC

By Staff | Sep 26, 2009

Adam McCarthy and Jake Lange (20) make the stop on this play, but ELC’s defense spent too much time on the field in Friday’s 34-0 loss to Spencer. Find more photos at cu.estherviledailynews.com. EDN photo by David Swartz

It’s not anyone’s idea of a good homecoming football game.

After trailing by just a touchdown at halftime, Estherville Lincoln Central committed four turnovers on as many possessions in the second.

Spencer took advantage of each one to blow open the game and shut the Midgets out 34-0 on Friday.

“The second play from scrimmage, we lost the ball. We just can’t put the ball down on the ground,” said ELC coach Chuck Fandel. “To Spencer’s credit, they were able to take advantage.”

The coach said when those mistakes happen, the defense has to step up.

Cody Prather (31) and Jeremy Hunt (12) work to shake off the Spencer blocks. EDN photo by David Swartz

“Unfortunately, we we’re able to do that,” said Fandel.

Spencer controlled the line of scrimmage most of the night.

“For us to be successful, we have to be able to run the ball,” the coach said.

ELC was limited to 61 yards on the ground.

The two teams battled to a tie in the first quarter although Spencer did have a touchdown called back by a penalty.

Taking over at their 20, the Tigers put together a 12-play 80-yard scoring drive that ended with a Jack Randall with 5:59 left in the half.

Spencer tried to add to the 7-0 lead with a 39-yard field goal attempt by B.J. Kardell, but the kick was short.

ELC started with the ball in the second half, but when the Midgets fumbled on the second play, Spencer went right to work.

A couple plays later, quarterback Robby Schlaeger found some room and went 20 yards.

ELC’s next two possessions didn’t go any better. A tipped pass landed in the arms of a Spencer defender and four plays later, Schleager took the ball in from 1-yard out.

Again on the Midgets’ next series, a Spencer interception led to a 26-yard touchdown pass from Schleager to Aaron Bubke.

A third interception led the final score.

ELC threatened to score late in the fourth quarter, but lost the ball on downs.

Jake Lange led ELC’s rushing with 48 yards on 11 carries. Nate Jensen had 7 yards on one carry, Marcus Christensen had 2 yards, Arends had 3 yards and Andy Segura had 1 yard.

Arends did go 9-of-19 passing for 110 yards.

Spencer Johnson caught five passes for 67 yards.

Cody Prather, Lange, Christensen and Jensen each caught one pass for 19, 7, 6 and 5 yards, respectively.

ELC (1-4, 1-2) is at home next week against Sergeant Bluff-Luton.