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Lawrenceville 48, Newton 26
|Lawrenceville senior Austin Wanke runs for good yardage behind his offensive line.|
Indians pour it on in homecoming victory
LAWRENCEVILLE - For a brief moment Saturday, Lawrenceville High School football fans were having bad flashbacks.
The Indians held a 28-0 halftime lead and were seemingly in control in their homecoming game against Newton at Ed Loeb Field. But when the Eagles needed just a minute to march 53 yards for a score, then threatened again after the Indians fumbled the kickoff, last year's 35-33 homecoming loss to Olney quickly came to mind. Lawrenceville led that game 27-0 late in the first half, but couldn't hang on.
The fears were alleviated Saturday, as the Tribe stopped the Eagles, then kept their foot on the gas pedal as they rolled past the Tigers, 48-26.
"If you think back to the Olney game last year, we had a pretty good lead at halftime and all of a sudden it disappeared," said Wood, whose team rolled up 563 yards in total offense in the win. "Things started out that way in the second half today, but we recovered. Our kids showed a lot of character. They came back from what happened at the start of the second half and really controlled the game, and I think that says a lot for the kids."
The Indians scored touchdowns on seven of their 11 possessions, and punted only once.
Three LHS runners passed the century mark as the team compiled 489 yards on the ground.
Senior Austin Wanke led the way as he carried 11 times for 167 yards, including a 2-yard TD dive. Junior Dalton Vories ran 12 times for 131 yards and scored the Tribe's first two touchdowns on runs of 22 and 37 yards. Junior Wyatt Rinsch ran seven times for 106 yards, all in the second half, had touchdown runs of 56 and 38 yards.
"Our guys ran the ball hard today. They had a lot of yards after contact and that's what you look for in a good running back - to be able to break those tackles," said Wood. "They showed good vision, and they're able to change direction and weave across the field and things like that. I'm really happy with the way they ran today."
Quarterback Zach Shoulders carried for 76 yards and had a 14-yard touchdown run in the first half. Shoulders was called upon to pass only four times and completed only one, but it was a 74-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to sophomore Dalton Sholders, which boosted the LHS lead to 28-0 with 9:09 to play in the first half.
The Eagles (1-3, 1-1 LIC Egyptian) were unable to run effectively, as they carried 26 times for 45 yards. Newton quickly gave up on the running game and turned to sophomore Brock Mammoser. Mammoser, who completed 25 of 40 passes for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sophomore Kyle Muska caught nine of Mammoser's tosses for 140 yards, including a 33-yarder for a touchdown. The other TD pass was a 59-yarder to Austin Angel, who finished with four catches for 75 yards.
The Eagles were especially effective at connecting on slant patterns.
"They hadn't shown that at all," Wood said. "I think it was kind of a desperation deal for them. We run a 5-3 (defense) and (the slant pattern) is the weakness of our defense. We're going to have to work to shore that up."
In spite of allowing all the yardage, the Indians were able to intercept Mammoser twice. Freshman Bryce Winningham and sophomore Logan McGuire both came through with interceptions.
The Indians carried a 42-14 lead to the final stanza and were able to empty the bench before the big homecoming crowd.
"We emptied the bench on both sides of the ball and that's awfully good, especially on homecoming when there are a lot of people here watching," said Wood. "Just form an experience standpoint, that's going to help down the road."
The Indians will host Flora this week, as they hope to remain in contention in the LIC Egyptian. The Eagles return home to face Marshall in Egyptian Division play.
Indians 48, Eagles 26
Score by quarters
Newton 0 0 14 12 - 26
Lawrenceville 20 8 14 6 - 48
First downs 19 20
by rushing 4 19
by passing 12 1
by penalty 3 0
Rushes-yards 26-45 42-489
Passing (C-A-I) 25-40-2 1-4-0
Passing yards 277 74
Total yards 322 563
Penalties-yards 7-62 9-95
Punts-average 4-36.8 1-22.0
Fumbles-lost 3-0 4-2
Possession 28:44 19:16
L - Dalton Vories 22 run (kick failed), 7:11 1st qtr. L 6, N 0.
L - Vories 37 run (run failed), 4:00 1st qtr. L 12, N 0.
L - Zach Shoulders 14 run (Austin Wanke kick), 1:13 1st qtr. L 20, N 0.
L - Dalton Sholders 74 pass from Shoulders (Jacob Seed pass from Shoulders), 9:09 2nd qtr. L 28, N 0.
N - Austin Angel 59 pass from Brock Mammoser (Jacob Volk kick), 11:00 3rd qtr. L 28, N 7.
L - Wyatt Rinsch 56 run (Wanke run), 7:21 3rd qtr. L 36, N 7.
N - Kyle Muska 33 pass from Mamosher (Volk kick), 5:05 3rd qtr. L36, N 14.
L - Wanke 2 run (run failed), 9:48 4th qtr. L 42, N 14.
N - Mitch Bierman 2 run (kick failed), 5:02 4th qtr. L 42, N 20
L - Rinsch 38 run (run failed), 3:59 4th qtr. L 48, N 20.
N - Lucas Huston 5 run (pass failed), :51 4th qtr. L 48, N 26.
Rushing - Newton: Allen Taylor 12-26, Bierman 5-22 (TD), Huston 2-5 (TD), Mammoser 4-minus 3, Zachary Lewis 3-minus 5. Lawrenceville: Wanke 11-167 (TD), Vories 12-131 (2 TDs), Rinsch 7-106 (2 TD), Shoulders 11-76 (TD), Logan McGuire 1-9.
Passing - Newton: Mammoser 25-40-2, 277 (2 TDs). Lawrenceville: Shoulders 1-4-0, 74 (TD).
Receiving - Newton: Muska 9-140 (TD), Angel 4-75 (TD), Volk 2-21, Huston 3-19, Tanner Shull 5-13, Taylor 1-9. Lawrenceville: Sholders 1-74 (TD).
Punting - Newton: Mammoser 4-147, 36.8 avg. Lawrenceville: Bryce Winningham 1-22, 22.0 avg.
Punt returns - Lawrenceville: Winningham 2-52.
Kickoff returns - Newton: Bierman 3-46, Lewis 1-16, Muska 1-14, Taylor 1-12. Lawrenceville: Wanke 3-68, Winningham 2-34.
Interceptions - Lawrenceville: McGuire 1-16, Winningham 1-22.