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ELC 36, MOC-Floyd Valley 14 ‘D’ dominates Dutch

October 23, 2016
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

ORANGE CITY - For the second week in a row, Estherville Lincoln Central's defense shutout a Midgets' opponent in the second half.

Friday's victim was MOC-Floyd Valley, who trailed by just two, 16-14 at halftime.

However, ELC's offense also made second half adjustments and outscored the Dutch 20-0 in the final two quarters for a 36-16 victory.

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"We felt like we lost the battle up front in the first half," said ELC coach Andy Umthun. "But I felt our linemen responded in the second half and took up the challenge.

"Our defense has progressed over the season," said Umthun. "We've had a bend-but-don't-break mentality. We gave up big plays early in the season, but really cleaned things up the last few weeks."

MOC-Floyd Valley struck first in the Friday's contest as quarterback Benjamin DeBoer connected with Kyle TeGrootenhuis on a 40-yard touchdown with 10:29 on the clock in the first quarter. ELC blocked the extra point as the Dutch led 6-0.

ELC had an immediate response.

Senior Myles McDonald, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown earlier this season, returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to tie the game. Aldo Alvarado's extra point gave ELC a 7-6 lead.

That was the score until 7:44 left in the half.

From the Dutch 43-yard line, ELC's Robert Sheridan threw a halfback pass to Trey Jacobson. Jacobson made the catch, but fumbled the ball at the 10-yard line. The ball squirted into the end zone where Clay Budach jumped on it for an ELC touchdown.

"I give credit to Budach to come up with that fumble," said Umthun. "It looked like he was one white jersey in a sea of purple."

MOC-Floyd Valley was able to come back as DeBoer connected with Kyle Puttmann from 20-yards out. The two-point conversion was good as the Dutch took a 14-13 lead.

However, ELC had the final say before halftime as Alvarado kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:48 remaining.

"I give credit to him to be putting in the time to learn his craft and get better at the kicking game," said Umthun of the freshman kicker. "I'm excited about having a kicker like him in the future years."

Midway through the third quarter, a 39-yard pass from Evan Olesen to Bennett Loock put ELC on the Dutch 10-yard line. A couple players later, McDonald punched the ball in from 1-yard out with 4:01 on the clock. Alvarado's extra point gave ELC a 23-14 lead.

In the fourth quarter, McDonald busted loose again, this time on a 79-yard run from scrimmage with 8:51 remaining in the game. Alvarado's kick gave ELC a 30-14 lead.

ELC added one more score as Sheridan scored on a 5-yard run with 5:32 remaining.

"We played some great team football these last few weeks something we've been working toward last couple years," said Umthun.

Unofficially, ELC finished with 221 yards rushing and passing.

McDonald had 111 yards on 15 carries, Sheridan had 40 yards on 11 carries and Trevor Shryock had seven carries for 23 yards.

Olesen finished 15-of-21 passing for 188 yards while Sheridan was 1-for-1 for 33 yards.

With the win, ELC finishes 5-4 overall and 4-3 in district play.

Seven seniors played in their final game-Clay Budach, Myles McDonald, Robert Sheridan, Trevor Shryock, Derek Gebel, Cole Anderson and Giovanni Esteves.

"Those seven guys they have worked so hard and they've been a huge part of turning this program around," said Umthun. "They've done so many great things for our community and our program. I know these guys are going to do some great things."



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