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ELC dominates East Sac County

Midgets strike on first play from scrimmage

September 7, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

As bad as it was for Estherville Lincoln Central a week ago, it was that good for the Midgets on Friday against East Sac County.

From the 50-yard touchdown pass from Evan Hansen to Matt Burrell on ELC's first play from scrimmage to a 65-yard run by Andres Blanco on the second play of the second half, the Midgets built a 42-0 lead over the Raiders.

The visitors were able to put up a three scores in the fourth quarter against the ELC reserves, but the final score was 42-22 in favor of the Midgets.

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ELC quarterback Evan Hansen (11) found some running room a couple times against the East Sac County defense in the Midgets 42-22 win on Friday.
EDN photo by David Swartz

"We talked about getting momentum," said ELC coach Chuck Fandel. "

A week ago, Algona took back ELC's opening kickoff for a touchdown.

East Sac County didn't even get that chance as Blanco sent the ball into the end zone for a touchback.

While ELC's defense began with an encroachment penalty on the first play from scrimmage, it still forced the Raiders to punt three plays later.

The short kick gave ELC the ball at the 50-yard line. On the first play, Hansen threw down the right side to Burrell, who caught the ball around the 20-yard line behind the defender.

The Midget defense came up on the next possession as Tucker Milburn recovered a fumble at the Raider 26.

ELC moved the ball, but were slowed by a pair of penalties. But ELC punched the ball in with a 4-yard run by Hansen. Blanco's kick gave ELC a 14-0 lead at the 6:41 mark in the first quarter.

East Sac County fumbled again on its next possession as Randy Leon jumped on the football at the Raider 14 yard line.

Three plays later, Billy Snyder scored from 9 yards out and ELC led 21-0 at the 5:12 mark.

The Raiders came up with a good return on the next kickoff taking the ball to the CL 40-yard line with Anthony Segura pushing Tomas Breitinger out of bounds.

ELC's defense held as the Midgets took over at the 27.

The Midgets began driving before the end of the half with Blanco recording runs of 14 and 35 yards.

ELC faced second-and-5 to start the second quarter. After a 2-yard run by Snyder, Blanco broke free on a 13-yard run. He converted the kick as ELC led 28-0.

The two teams exchanged possessions in the second quarter.

ELC started its final scoring drive of the half from its own territory.

Hansen ran the ball across midfield and Blanco converted a fourth-and-2.

After a 12-yard run by Blanco took the ball to the 22-yard line, Hansen connected with Joe Heinrichs on a 22-yard pass with 1:13 left in the half as ELC led 35-0.

Unofficially, the Midgets had 250 yards of offense in the first half compared to 46 by the Raiders.

ELC started with the ball in the second half. On the second play from scrimmage, Blanco broke free on a 65-yard run and ELC led 42-0 with 10:27 left in the third period.

That marked the end of the ELC starters for the night.

East Sac County scored on a 24-yard pass early in the fourth quarter and scored a two-point conversion to stop the continuous clock. They also scored on a 3-yard run with 5:15 remaining and on a 1-yard pass late in the game.

Blanco finished with 178 yards on 16 carries. Snyder had 35 yards on eight carries and Hansen had 33 yards on three carries.

Hansen was 3-of-3 passing for 74 yards. Burrell caught two passes for 52 yards and Heinrichs had the 22-yard touchdown catch.

Defensively, Blanco had 10 tackles, Leon had eight and Trevor Curry had a sack.

ELC (1-2 overall, 1-0 in the district) hosts Clarion-Goldfield for the Midgets' homecoming next Friday.



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