Sioux Center 35, ELC 21 Warriors surge past Midgets
SIOUX CENTER – For the third week in a row, Estherville Lincoln Central seemed to have the momentum at halftime. However, the third quarter shifted in the opponents favor again on Friday as Sioux Center defeated the Midgets 35-21.
ELC coach Andy Umthun said he talks to the team at halftime and about having a good third quarter.
“It hasn’t been all year we talk about at halftime,” he said. “We didn’t do it again this week. We need to just go out and play. I give credit to guys again-they battled again at the end. We just have to go back at it and fix the things we did wrong.”
Sioux Center struck first in the opening frame with a 2-yard run by Dalton Schreiner with 5:32 in the first quarter. The Warriors missed the extra point, but led 6-0.
ELC answered in the second quarter with a 1-yard run by Robert Sheridan with 8:01 left in the half. Evan Olesen connected with Trey Jacobson on the two-point conversion and ELC led 8-6.
With 4:54 left in the half, Schneider scored again, this time from 1-yard out. The Warriors went for two and ELC came up with the stop.
ELC took the lead with 2:11 to go in the half as Olesen connected with Bennett Loock on an 11-yard strike. ELC would lead 14-12 at the break.
“We played a great first half, especially on defense-bending but not breaking,” said Umthun.
The Warriors came out of the locker room and promptly put a drive together that ended in a 26-yard pass from Tyuss Arends to Brendan Zeutenhorst. This time Sioux Center completed the two-point conversion and led 20-14.
Schneider added another touchdown run with 4:50 in the third and the two-point conversion gave the hosts a 28-14 lead.
ELC mounted one drive in the fourth as Olesen connected on passes to Loock and Jacobson to get inside the 10-yard line. But Sioux Center came up with the stop with an interception.
Sioux Center then tried to run out the clock and a hole opened for Collin DenHerder, who went 51-yards. The extra point gave Sioux Center a 35-14 lead with 1:21 left in the game.
ELC wasn’t quite done as Olesen connected with Jacobson on a 58-yard strike. Aldo Alvarado kicked the extra point to make it 35-14.
ELC then recovered the onside kick at the Warrior 25-yard line, but an interception on the first play allowed the hosts to run out the clock.
The Warriors did their damage on the ground as they unofficially finished with 390 rushing yards on 46 carries. Arends was 7-of-9 passing for 65 yards.
“We knew they had a good rushing attack and knew needed to stop the run,” said Umthun. “Unfortunately they got the edges a lot tonight and that killed us. I thought we got better at it last week, but it didn’t carry over this week.”
ELC was limited to just 94 yards on the ground on 38 carries.
However, Olesen was 18-of-25 passing for 302 yards, unofficially.
“I thought Evan had all the time to throw in the first half and made some great reads,” said Umthun. We’ve got a lot of weapons. I thought we had a hard time finding them at times. “We need to piece together for all four quarters. We’ve been unable to put all four quarters together all year.”
ELC (1-4 overall, 0-3 in district play) hosts Sheldon (3-2, 1-2) next week for the Midgets’ Homecoming.