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10/14/2013 10:12:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrenceville 38, Marshall 6
Indians get glimpse of future, wallop Lions
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School's football team gave its fans a glimpse of the future Friday evening, while also serving notice that the present isn't too bad.

With freshman Bryce Winningham seeing the majority of the playing time at quarterback, the Indians scored touchdowns on five of seven possessions and coasted past Marshall in Little Illini Conference Egyptian Division play, 38-6.

Putting Winningham under center when the team lined up in a Wishbone formation enabled coach Greg Wood to use junior Zach Shoulders at running back. Senior Austin Wanke lined up at fullback, with junior Wyatt Rinsch serving as the other running back.

There were occasions when Shoulders also played quarterback, taking shotgun snaps when the Indians spread the field.

The result was a whopping 436 yards on the ground for the Indians, on 50 attempts. Winningham attempted only one pass, which fell incomplete, and did not carry the ball. However, there was no trouble with exchanges or handoffs and the freshman fired two-point conversion passes to a trio of receivers.

"It kind of balances us out a bit," said Wood, whose team is now 5-2 overall and finished 3-2 in the Egyptian Division. "It gives us three really hard runners in the backfield. And Bryce is a tremendous football player. I hate to (put a freshman) at quarterback, but he knows the game so well. He's really heady out there and we had to give him a chance."

At the same time, the Indians were dealing with the loss of two-way starter John Thompson, a team captain, who suffered a season-ending finger injury in last week's 21-7 loss at Olney. Thompson had surgery on the finger Thursday.

The end result was that a pair of sophomores, Will Fox and Dylan Young, started in the offensive line along with juniors Logan Vincent and Thomas Mahrenholz and senior Trent Jones.

"The two sophomores did an awfully good job," said Wood. "Marshall was able to take some things away from us from an offensive standpoint, but all of our kids played awfully hard."

Jacob Seed, also a sophomore, filled in for Thompson at defensive end and helped the Tribe limit Marshall (2-5, 1-4 LIC Egyptian) to just 19 yards on the ground. Marshall quarterback Travis Adams, a sophomore, completed 16 of 22 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown, but was under pressure all night and was sacked five times.

"Defensively we made some mistakes. We gave up some penalties, and we kept jumping offsides on the hard count," Wood said. "We were really looking for a shutout, but by the time they scored we were playing some younger kids. We'll take it."

Shoulders and Rinsch proved to be a two-headed monster from the running back spots. Shoulders finished with 188 yards on 21 carries, and had scoring runs of 11 and 28 yards.

Rinsch electrified the large crowd at Ed Loeb field with a 94-yard touchdown run midway through the second period that boosted the LHS lead to 16-0. He also scored TD on runs of 16 and 14 yards, on his way to carrying 13 times for 174 yards.

Wanke appeared to be the focal point of the Marshall defense, although he was able to amass 40 yards on 10 carries.

The Indians moved 69 yards on their opening possession, but were stopped at the Marshall 1.

LHS scored the next four times it had the ball to take a 32-0 lead.

Prior to Rinsch's long run, the Tribe moved 42 yards in four plays and took the lead for good on a 16-yard run by Rinsch.

The Indians took more than five minutes off the clock late in the first half, marching 60 yards in 12 plays. An 11-yard TD run by Shoulders stretched the lead to 24-0 at halftime.

LHS was even more impressive on its first drive of the second half. The Indians moved 85 yards in 12 plays, taking 8:03 off the clock. Shoulders capped the drive with a 25-yard TD run.

"Losing to Olney was pretty disappointing," Wood said. "But I thought we bounced back really well. I was worried about Marshall. It's a tradition-rich program and you know they're going to put a solid team on the field. I was glad we were able to handle them."

The Indians will host Palestine in non-conference game Friday. A victory would guarantee the team back-to-back appearances in the Illinois High School Association post-season playoffs for the first time in school history.

Indians 38, Lions 6

Score by quarters

Marshall 0 0 0 6 - 6

Lawrenceville 8 16 8 6 - 38

Team statistics

M L

First downs 11 17

by rushing 1 17

by passing 7 0

by penalty 3 0

Rushes-yards 28-19 50-436

Passing (C-A-I) 16-23-1 1-2-0

Passing yards 164 19

Total yards 183 436

Penalties-yards 3-30 10-67

Punts-average 2-41.5 0-0

Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0

Possession 19:10 24:50

Scoring summary

L - Wyatt Rinsch, 16 run (Zach Shoulders run), 4:01, 1st qtr. L 8, M 0.

L - Rinsch, 94 run (Jacob Seed pass from Bryce Winningham), 8:07, 2nd qtr. L 16, M 0.

L - Shoulders, 11 run (Brandon Bilohlavek pass from Winningham), :52, 2nd qtr. L 24, M 0.

L - Shoulders, 28 run (Shoulders pass from Winningham), :55, 3rd qtr. L 32, M 0.

M - Nick Scott, 13 pass from Travis Adams (Pass failed), 7:46, 4th qtr. L 32, M 6.

L - Rinsch, 14 run (Pass failed), 4:34, 4th qtr, L 38, M 6.

Individual statistics

Rushing - Marshall: Chad Leitch 5-12, Adams 19-6, Taylor Padgett 3-1. Lawrenceville: Shoulders 21-188 (2 TDs), Rinsch 13-174 (3 TDs), Austin Wanke 10-40, Logan McGuire 2-25, Kenny Waller 2-6, Dalton Vories 2-3.

Passing - Marshall: Adams 16-22-1, 164 yards (TD); Scott 0-1-0, 0 yards. Lawrenceville: Shoulders 1-1-0, 19 yards; Winningham 0-1-0, 0 yards.

Receiving - Marshall: Scott 5-32 (TD), Derick Davidson 4-78, Austin Mattingly 3-25, Leitch 2-6, Clay Titus 1-19, Derrick Miller 1-4. Lawrenceville: Dalton Sholders 1-19.

Punting - Marshall: Davidson 2-83, 41.5 avg.

Punt returns - Lawrenceville: Vories 1-7, Winningham 1-5.

Kickoff returns - Marshall: Davidson 2-31, Parker Littlejohn 1-0, Jess Hemmen 1-0.

Interceptions - Lawrenceville: Rinsch 1-10.



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