BHRV 34, ELC 7 Too many miscues
Trailing just 12-7 to fourth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at halftime, Estherville Lincoln Central looked ready to challenge the perennial powerhouse at home on Friday.
But a 39-yard screen pass by the Nighthawks to start the third quarter set up a 6-yard touchdown by Jacob Schafer.
ELC’s offense, which had success in the second quarter, couldn’t find its rhythm.
Meanwhile BHRV quarterback Brett Moser made his third touchdown connection with Shane Solberg went for 70 yards with 2:26 left in the third. The Nighthawks scored on another big play, a 61-yard run by Schafer, to start the fourth quarter as the visitors cruised to a 34-7 win.
“Unfortunately our defense has to be more disciplined,” said ELC coach Andy Umthun. “We have to bounce back and get better from that. They exposed some of the things we miscued on against Spirit Lake and they did. A majority of points they scored were big plays that we had miscues on.
“We had momentum going into half and we talked about miscues,” the coach said. “But we started making mistakes that we typically haven’t made. Against a team like Boyden we can’t give them big plays.”
The Nighthawks opened the first quarter with a 24-yard pass from Moser to Solberg at the 7:40 mark of the opening frame. Just over 4 minutes later, the two connected on a 55-yard strike as BHRV took a 12-0 lead.
But ELC’s defense stepped up in the second. Meanwhile, the ELC offense managed to put some first downs together. The defense was also helped when another touchdown by Solberg was called back due to a holding penalty.
The Midgets pinned the Nighthawks deep into their own territory throughout the end of the second quarter, but didn’t capitalize until its final drive, which started at the 50-yard line. ELC quarterback Evan Olesen connected with Clay Budach on third and 10 for 24 yards and a first down. After a 3-yard run by Olesen, the ELC signal caller connected with Jacob Bosch on a strike down the middle for a 24-yard touchdown strike. Aldo Alvarado’s extra point kick put the deficit at 12-7 with 1:10 left in the first half.
“We had all the momentum,” said Umthun. “Then they get that big play (the screen pass in the third quarter) on a miscue on our defense. The tide turned quite a bit after that play.
“Our defense has a lot of rules and it can be complex has to be when you play a team like this,” he added. “I’m going to take full blame on this. We need to get better in Week 4.”
Unofficially, Robert Sheridan finished with 74 yards on 13 carries while Trevor Shryock had six carries for 39 yards. Olesen finished 14-of-30 passing for 143 yards.
Schafer led the Nighthawk ground attack with 155 yards on 15 carries. Moser finished 8-of-16 passing for 215 yards.
ELC (1-2 overall, 0-1 in district play) is home again next Central Lyon/George-Little Rock.