ALGONA - Estherville Lincoln Central will try to learn some lessons from Friday's game against Algona and forget the rest after a 42-13 loss.
The Bulldogs took the momentum from the opening kickoff as Sawyer Frideres returned it 85 yards down the ELC sideline for the score.
That touchdown came with just 13 seconds off the clock.
ELC’s Tucker Milburn (41) gets some help in bringing down Algona’s Sawyer Frideres (23) in Friday’s game in Algona.
ELC's first possession didn't go much better as the Bulldogs intercepted an Evan Hansen pass on third-and-long.
A few players later, Mitchell Erpelding bulled his way in from 1-yard out as the Midgets found themselves down 14-0.
"They took us right out of the game," said ELC coach Chuck Fandel. "We don't have that big of a margin of error. The kids have to execute and unfortunately we didn't do that tonight."
Algona scored once more in the first quarter this time on a 5-yard run by Erpelding with 4:54 left in the period.
"He's a strong kid with speed and I think he's one of the bigger, stronger running backs we'll see this season," said Fandel.
ELC tried to scratch its way back into the game with a 30-yard strike early in the second quarter.
Hansen connected with Matt Burrell for a score for the second week in a row. That came with 10:11 left in the half as ELC cut the deficit back to 14 at 21-7.
However, the Midgets defense couldn't stop the Bulldogs.
Algona answered with a 26-yard pass from Weston Shaw to Justin Raymond.
Right before the end of the half, Shaw scored on a 1-yard run at the 49-second mark as the hosts took a 35-7 lead into the break.
Both teams settled down defensively in the third quarter with the Bulldogs breaking through on a 9-yard run by Erpelding at the 3:20 mark.
With the 35-point lead, 42-7, that started the running clock.
ELC would put up one more score as Andres Blanco scored on a 4-yard run with 9:40 remaining in the game.
Unofficial stats, Blanco finished with 76 yards on 13 carries while Billy Snyder had 27 yards on 10 carries.
Hansen was 6-of-13 passing for 45 yards.
For the Bulldogs, Erpelding had 92 yards on 14 carries. Frideres also carried the ball 14 times for 47 yards and Shaw had 33 yards on six carries.
The Bulldogs finished with around 300 yards of offense compared to 140 for the Midgets.
Defensively, Tucker Milburn and Blanco each had 10 tackles while Bryce Hansen had eight and Snyder had seven.
"Next week is a whole new season as we start district play," said Fandel. "I think our seniors will show their leadership and get us focused for next week."
ELC (0-2) hosts East Sac County.