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Midgets stroll past Braves

Schiltz throws four TDs; McMurran runs for two TDs

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Oct 11, 2020

Alex Jensen (77) was part of an ELC defense that held Cherokee to 94 total yards of offense. Photo by David Swartz

For the third consecutive game, quarterback Ryan Schiltz threw four touchdown passes. Zavion McMurran ran for two more as Estherville Lincoln Central led 42-0 at halftime against Cherokee in the 2020 regular season finale.

ELC’s second team played nearly the entire second half and added three touchdowns in a 62-0 victory.

“We went out and did a nice job of executing our game plan,” said ELC coach Ryan Rezac. “Our captains, our seniors, our starters were ready to get out and ready to play football. What a great effort tonight! Everyone on the roster got in tonight and got some quality playing time. That’s fun for everyone.”

Cherokee won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.

ELC’s Matt Christensen took the opening kickoff from 20-yard line to 20-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, McMurran scored his first touchdown from 20 yards out. Brandon Flores, who finished 8-of-9 on extra points, hit the first one and ELC led 7-0 at the 11:43 mark.

ELC’s defense dominated the Braves, forcing the visitors to punt after each of their first three possessions.

ELC’s second drive started at the Midget 40 and ended in a touchdown three plays later on a 22-yard pass from Schiltz to Egeland. Schiltz, who finished 9-of-10 passing for the game for 135 yards, connected with Christensen from 19 yards out with 6:01 to go for ELC’s third touchdown. Schiltz and Egeland connected from 31 yards out less than two minutes later, and ELC would lead 28-0 after one quarter.

McMurran scored his second touchdown, this time from 25 yards out, with 10:07 left in the second quarter.

On the Midgets’ next drive, Christensen made a spectacular catch between two Cherokee defenders that took ELC to the Cherokee 25-yard line. A couple plays later, the duo connected on a 17-yard touchdown play with 5:21 left in the half.

ELC’s defense limited Cherokee to 33 rushing yards on 21 carries and 64 passing yards. About 45 of those yards came on a pass play right before halftime that took the Braves to the ELC 5-yard line. On the ensuing play with the clock winding to zero, ELC successfully defended a Cherokee pass into the end zone. A personal foul was called after the play against the Midgets, but the yardage was tacked on to ELC’s kickoff to start the second half.

With ELC ahead 42-0, the game featured a running clock via the 35-point rule.

ELC’s second team came up with its first score on a 15-yard pass from Larson to Flores with 3:12 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Alex Sheridan scored on a 20-yard run with 10:17 remaining. Sheridan then had a defensive score, scooping up a Cherokee fumble and returning it 38 yards for the final tally.

ELC had 198 rushing yards on 23 carries. McMurran had six carries for 84 yards while Sheridan had six carries for 67 yards. Lamont Whiting carried the ball twice for 24 yards, Schiltz had two carries for 17 yards, Quintin Marquez had one carry for seven yards, Flores had a carry for no gain and Larson had five carries for minus 1 yards.

Larson was 2-of-2 passing for 41 yards.

Receiving, Christensen had four catches for 83 yards, Egeland had two catches for 50 yards, Daryl Jensen had three catches for 22 yards, Logan Nissen caught a pass for 26 yards and Flores has his 15-yard touchdown catch.

Defensively, ELC didn’t have any sacks, but did have 13 tackles for a loss. Garrett Paulson had two solo tackles and eight assists while Zack Anderson had four solo tackles and five assists.

ELC (5-1 overall) will host Okoboji this Friday for the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. The winner will play the Algona/Cherokee winner on Friday, Oct. 23.