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|Lawrenceville 26, Edwards County 8|
Defense is calling card for Tribe; Shoulders scores 4
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School's football team didn't produce a shutout Friday night, but it was the next best thing.
While junior quarterback Zach Shoulders provided the offensive spark by rushing for 215 yards and all four LHS touchdowns in a 26-8 win over Edwards County at Ed Loeb Field, it was the LHS defense that made the biggest impression on coach Greg Wood.
Edwards County's only points came on fluke touchdown, when Jake Toutloff returned a punt 47 yards for a score early in the second quarter.
Otherwise, the LHS defense was dominant, as the Lions didn't again threaten the goal-line.
"That's something we can hang our hat on tonight," said Wood, whose team limited the Lions to just 34 yards rushing and 147 yards in all. "Defensively I was really happy with the way we played. The only score they got was on special teams. They made some first downs and everything else, but our defense kind of kept us in the game until we could get some things going."
The Indians - specifically Shoulders - were finally able to hit their stride with some good drives in the second half. Shoulders did most of the damage as he finished with 215 rushing yards on 27 carries, many around right end. He scored on touchdown runs of 1, 25, 6 and 21 yards.
Although LHS trailed 8-6 at halftime, it was eventually able to take command. Lawrenceville finished with 331 yards in total offense, all on the ground. Dalton Vories, who carried 15 times for 98 yards, proved to be a good complement to Shoulders.
"In the second half, we fed (Shoulders)," Wood said. "I know we're not going to be able to get by with that all year long, but tonight he really came through for us."
Edwards County coach Logan Crum agreed.
"He really wore us down," said Crum. "He's a good runner. They kept running the sweep and it just killed us. Our end couldn't keep it contained."
The Indians tried only three passes, all of which fell incomplete. On the few occasions LHS tried to pass, Shoulders faced heavy pressure.
Lawrenceville's only completion of the game came on a two-point conversion pass to Brandon Bilohlavek, although the yardage on that play does not count in the official statistics.
If not for a crazy play in the second period, the Lions likely wouldn't have scored at all.
The Indians punted from their only 28 when a drive bogged down. The punt hit the leg of an Indian, but was not ruled dead by officials as the ball rolled away. Toutloff scooped up the loose football and raced 47 yards untouched for a score down the middle of the field, through a group of LHS players who might not have realized that the play was still live.
Toutloff, the Edwards County quarterback, was forced from the game minutes later when he was hit hard on the Lion sidelines. A LHS player was flagged for a personal foul on the play, and there was a lengthy delay in the game as trainers tended to Toutloff.
"That definitely hurt," said Crum. "We didn't plan on playing without him."
"(Toutloff) was a real leader for them, and I hated to see him go down," Wood said. "But then (Chase Hortin) took over and played pretty well for them too."
Toutloff carried 11 times for 27 yards before being injured, and was the Lions' leading rusher. Hortin connected on 10 of 22 passes for 101 yards, but was intercepted three times. Wyatt Rinsch accounted for two of the interceptions, while Shoulders also picked off a pass.
After Toutloff left the game, Crum said he faced a dilemma. He thought about going with backup Colton Kelsey, a freshman, but instead opted for Hortin, although he'd taken only about 15 snaps under center during the preseason.
"We were winning 8-6 at the time," he said. "I didn't feel like that was a good time to throw a freshman in there."
The Indians will travel to Oblong next week, while the Lions will host Olney.
Indians 26, Lions 8
Score by quarters
Edwards County 0 8 0 0 - 8
Lawrenceville 0 6 12 8 - 26
First downs 11 15
by rushing 3 15
by passing 5 0
by penalty 3 0
Rushes-yards 30-34 49-331
Passing (C-A-I) 12-31-3 0-3-0
Passing yards 115 0
Total yards 147 331
Penalties-yards 7-55 8-80
Punts-average 3-34.0 3-32.0
Fumbles-lost 4-2 6-3
Possession 23:30 24:30
EC - Jake Toutloff, 47 punt return (Ryan Moody run), 10:59, 2nd qtr. EC 8, L 0.
L - Zach Shoulders, 1 run (Run failed), 9:00, 2nd qtr. EC 8, L 6.
L - Shoulders, 25 run (Run failed), 7:49, 3rd qtr. L 12, EC 8.
L - Shoulders, 6 run (Pass failed), 0:00, 3rd qtr. L 18, EC 8.
L - Shoulders, 21 run (Brandon Bilohlavek pass from Shoulders), 2:45, 4th qtr. L 26, EC 8.
Rushing - Edwards County: Toutloff 11-27, Chase Hortin 16-8, Moody 3-minus 1. Lawrenceville: Shoulders 27-215 (4 TDs), Dalton Vories 15-98, Wyatt Rinsch 5-17, A.J. Mendenhall 2-1.
Passing - Edwards County: Hortin 10-22-3, 101 yards, Toutloff 2-9-0, 14 yards. Lawrenceville: Shoulders 0-3-0, 0 yards.
Receiving - Edwards County: Levi Rogers 4-46, Lukas Hortin 3-32, Keenan Boewe 2-17, Jace Borowiak 1-9, Cliffford McKinney 1-6, Karlin Compton 1-5.
Punting - Edwards County: Rogers 3-102, 34.0 avg. Lawrenceville: Bryce Winningham 3-93, 32.0 avg.
Punt returns - Edwards County: Toutloff 1-47 (TD). Lawrenceville: Mendenhall 1-0.
Kickoff returns - Edwards County: Compton 5-110.
Interceptions - Lawrenceville: Rinsch 2-22, Shoulders 1-3.