Second half cues LaVille loss vs Jimtown, 34-0
LAKEVILLE — For two quarters, little LaVille gave Class 3A No. 2 powerhouse Jimtown a run for its money.
But the Jimmies found another gear as the numbers game gradually began to wear the undersized Lancers squad down in the second half, and LaVille fell 34-0 to visiting Jimtown in the home team’s Northern State Conference opener at Lancer Field Friday.
“They came out the second half, and they really picked up the offensive tempo,” said LaVille head coach Mark Reddy. “They were getting in and out of the huddle pretty quick, and we wore down. We’ve got just a handful of kids that play; pretty much everybody is going both ways. We played on emotion for a lot of the game and kept playing on emotion, but fatigue set in. We were not coming off the ball with the same intensity, and it wasn’t because we didn’t want to, but physically we got tired.”
“I tip my hat to Jimtown, they made some adjustments in the second half,” added Reddy. “They just kind of blew us off the ball; they barreled us over in the second half.”
The Lancers held Jimtown to just 116 rushing yards and a single score in the first half, a 57-yard breakaway from Devan Emerson up the LaVille sideline that put the Jimmies up 7-0 with the first of four Trey Zufan PATs at the 8:41 mark of the first frame. After that, LaVille’s defense held the Jimmies in two different forays into Lancer territory, and the Lancers found themselves down a manageable 7-0 at the intermission.
But Jimtown quickly widened the gap in the third quarter, marching methodically downfield in the opening possession of the second half with a 10-play, 62-yard scoring drive capped off by a 5-yard touchdown plunge from Tanner Adams — who finished with three scores for Jimtown at LaVille — with 7:45 on the clock.
LaVille’s offense moved the ball downfield 34 yards and into Jimtown territory on the ensuing Lancer possession, but a sack and a false start penalty pushed LaVille back to its own 46, where the drive stalled.
Jimtown marched 69 yards in just six plays to punch in another score, this time a 10-yarder from Andrews, to go up 21-0 with 1:57 remaining in the frame.
The Jimmies scored twice more in the fourth quarter — a 33-yard ramble from Adams at the 9:13 stop, and a 1-yard dive over the goal line by Shawn Garriott with 3:23 on the game clock that put the game out of reach.
LaVille marched down to the Jimtown 36 on its final possession of the night, but the Lancers turned over on downs with 34 seconds left to play, the Jimmies downed the ball, and LaVille had to accept the 34-0 defeat.
It wasn’t a win, but the first half did represent something of a moral victory for the Lancers, who only last Saturday broke a 14-game losing streak stretching back to the 2010 season with a win over Trinity Lutheran.
“We knew there was a time where attrition would take its toll, and that’s kind of what happened in the second half,” Reddy said. “I’m more proud of this team than I’ve ever been of any team. We came out and went toe-to-toe with the 3A No. 2 team in the state, and I don’t think anybody expected that except our team, and we just laid it all on the line.”
Jimtown doubled its first-half rushing yardage with 240 ground yards in the second half. The Lancers tallied just 75 yards on 42 carries by contrast, and the Jimmies defense notched its third shutout in three games.
Jimtown was led by Devan Emerson’s 133 yards on 11 carries, Tyler Lundy’s 81 yards, and Adams’ 68 yards and three touchdowns.
LaVille’s run game was paced by Levi Lucas’ 68 net yards on 17 rushes and 23 yards from fellow junior running back Cameron Gurtner. Senior Josh Dudeck picked up another 11 yards for the Lancers.
“These guys, they’re real gutsy,” said Reddy. “We didn’t think we were going to have the big runs; it was going to have to be two, three, four yards — as soon as they found their block, they needed to cut it up, and they did that. They took some big hits a lot of times tonight. They were able to sneak through and get some big runs for us. Those guys, they played with intensity and heart, and they didn’t quit.”
Jimtown remains unbeaten on the year at 3-0 with a 2-0 NSC mark, while LaVille slips to 1-2 with an 0-1 conference start. The Lancers travel to John Glenn next Friday for another NSC match-up at 7:30 p.m.
“Jimtown is always going to be one of those teams that you talk about at the beginning of the year that could be the conference champion, so we feel like if we can play with Jimtown, we can be competitive in the conference this year,” said Reddy. “We’re excited to see John Glenn next week. They’re a team that has traditionally beat us up a little bit, and we know that they’re going to be gunning for us. It’ll be a big game for us. We’re going to have some momentum, even though we lost tonight. We played the type of game that I think we’re going to expect to play every week now. You won’t see a Lancers letdown for the rest of the year.”
• JIMTOWN 34, LAVILLE 0
Score by quarters
Jimtown: 7 0 14 13 — 34
LaVille: 0 0 0 0 — 0
J — Devan Emerson 57-yard run (Trey Zufan kick), 8:41
J — Tanner Adams 5-yd run (Zufan kick), 7:45
J — Adams 10-yd run (Zufan kick), 1:57
J — Adams 33-yd run (kick fail), 9:13
J — Shawn Garriott 1-yd run (Zufan kick), 3:23 LaVille Jimtown
First downs: 7 15
Rushing (att-yardage): 42-75 42-356
Passing (att-comp-int): 3-1-0 8-2-0
Passing yardage: 7 22
Fumbles-lost: 2-1 1-1
Penalties-yds lost: 3-24 14-110
LaVille leader stats
Rushing: Levi Lucas 17-68, Cameron Gurtner 9-23, Josh Dudeck 8-11
Passing: Greg Peppers 1-3-0 for 7 yds
Receiving: Alec Baker 1-7
Jimtown leader stats
Rushing: Devan Emerson 11-133, 1 TD; Tyler Lundy 7-81; Tanner Adams 11-68, 3 TD
Passing: Brody Olson 2-8-0 for 22 yds
Receiving: Evan Oblinger 1-15, Brody Olson 1-7
Records: LaVille 1-2 (0-1 NSC), Jimtown 3-0 (2-0 NSC)