Week 2: ELC 39, Emmetsburg 21 ELC romps past E’Hawks
EMMETSBURG – Estherville Lincoln Central started the night with big plays and came up with more later on as the Midgets unofficially racked up over 600 yards of offense in Friday’s 39-21 win over Emmetsburg.
ELC quarterback Evan Olesen ran for 233 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries and finished 10-of-18 passing for 149 yards and one touchdown. Running back Robert Sheridan finished with 104 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.
“Evan had a great game tonight,” said ELC coach Andy Umthun. “Sometimes we want him to make plays and tonight he was able to do it with his feet. It may not be the way we draw it up.
“Hats off to my offensive coordinator Austin Steichen-he called a great game tonight,” Umthun added.
ELC started the night with the ball at the 29-yard line. After Olesen ran for a first down to the ELC 45, Sheridan found a big hole up the middle and then outraced the E’Hawk defense down the right side for a 55-yard strike. Aldo Alvarado’s extra point put ELC on top 7-0 with 10:35 still remaining in the opening quarter.
Emmetsburg responded with a big drive of its own. The E’Hawks used a heavy dose of Brent Wesley. But the drive stalled inside the 10-yard line with a Max Dunlap pass going incomplete on fourth-and-goal from the 7-yard line.
ELC worked its way up field with a pass to Bennett Loock moving ELC up to the Midget 43- yard line. But a penalty on first down pushed ELC back to the 33-yard line. No problem, Olesen took the ball and broke several tackles before scooting down the left side of the field on a 70-yard touchdown run. That put ELC up 13-0 with 3:31 left in the first quarter.
Emmetsburg came back with a second good drive, going 77 yards and capped by a 5-yard run by Wesley. He kicked the extra point to cut the deficit with 10:13 left in the half.
The defenses settled down for a bit as both teams forced punts on the next two possessions.
ELC was on the move once again when Sheridan had his one miscue of the night and fumbled the ball in E’Hawk territory.
Emmetsburg looked to take advantage, converting a fourth and inches and midfield as they drove into ELC territory. But on a third-and-2, a pass over the middle came up short as ELC’s Clay Budach intercepted the ball at the 10-yard line.
With just a couple minutes left in the half, ELC started to move the ball. After one big run by Olesen was called back, the junior quarterback broke through the Emmetsburg defense, taking the ball to the 16-yard line.
ELC was called for a penalty on first day. After three incomplete passes and time winding down, Olesen connected with Loock to the 2-yard line for a first down. After spiking the ball to stop the clock with 2 seconds left, Sheridan completed the drive with a 2-yard plunge as the halftime buzzer sounded. Alvarado added the kick as ELC led 20-7 at the break.
The Midgets then had the best possible start to the second half. After forcing Emmetsburg to go three-and-out, Olesen broke free on the ensuing play from scrimmage. With blocks from Trey Jacobson and Budach downfield, Olesen went 66-yards for the score as ELC led 26-7.
ELC got the ball back again and put another drive together culminating in a 1-yard plunge by Sheridan with 1:30 left in the half.
After the kickoff, Emmetsburg had some life as Grant Deitering went 70 yards to cut the deficit to 33-14 with 55 seconds left remaining.
ELC responded on its next drive with a 51-yard pass from Olesen to Jacobson putting ELC inside the E’Hawk 10-yard line.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Olesen connected with Budach from 9 yards out. Alvarado’s kick made the score 39-14 with 11:52 left in the game.
Emmetsburg added one more score with Wesley running in from 8 yards out with 4:12 left in the game. Emmetsburg then recovered the onside kick, but ELC’s defense held and time ran out on the hosts.
ELC (1-1 overall) opens district play next week against Class 2A No. 1 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. After winning their opening game 32-13 over Western Christian, the Nighthawks lost 20-19 in overtime to West Lyon last Friday.