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|Lawrenceville 50. Palestine 0|
Indians clinch first postseason spot since 2004
PALESTINE - Lawrenceville High School's football team needed a win over host Palestine to cement the fourth playoff berth in school history Friday evening.
The Indians wasted little time.
Lawrenceville had its first touchdown on the scoreboard just 20 seconds into the game and scored its first shutout in over a year, as it whipped the Pioneers, 50-0. Thanks to the Illinois High School Association's "mercy rule," the clock ran continuously for the final 19:16, as the Indians had established a lead of greater than 40 points.
"I'm really happy for the kids," said LHS coach Greg Wood, after his team improved to 6-2, guaranteeing itself of a playoff spot for the first time since 2004. "It's a tremendous thing to be able to qualify for the playoffs and still have a little business to do at the end of the year. It's what we were hoping for. The kids came through and did a great job tonight."
A number of Indians had big nights offensively, and the team scored its first shutout since beating Flora on Sept. 16, 2011, 28-0.
The Indians struck two plays into the game. After Gage McIntosh returned the opening kickoff 57 yards tot he Palestine 23, LHS quarterback Zach Shoulders scored the first of his team's eight touchdowns by sweeping around left end.
About the only thing the Indians didn't do well was kick extra points. Bert Maddle missed a pair of LHS, while Shoulders was later good on two of six tries.
Senior Cole Hulen had the biggest night of his career, as he rushed 13 times for 209 yards. Hulen scored touchdowns on runs of 54, 4 and 32 yards.
McIntosh hauled in three passes for 96 yards, and was on the receiving end of a 25-yard TD pass from Shoulders before catching a 41-yard touchdown pass from reserve signal-caller John Barnes.
Shoulders added a 64-yard TD run for the Tribe, while Austin Wanke picked up a teammate's fumble and rambled 24 yards for a touchdown.
"We knew we were getting the ball, and we wanted to set the tone right there," Wood said. "We put ourselves in good position when Gage returned the kickoff, and it was good to be able to punch one in real quick."
The Indians rushed for 378 yards and finished with 474 yards in total offense to Palestine's 179.
"We got a goose egg (shutout), and that's one of the things we were after from a defensive standpoint," Wood said. "We played well on both sides of the ball and got a lot of things done."
In the second half LHS was able to play mostly reserves and still preserve the shutout.
"Those kids work hard in practice and don't get a lot of glory on Friday nights," Wood said. "It's good to have a chance to get everybody into the game on both sides of the ball. It gives them a little experience, which will help us down the line."
The game was delayed for about 30 minutes midway through the opening period when Palestine junior lineman B.J. Ramsey suffered an apparent broken leg. He was taken from the field via ambulance, and reportedly had surgery later that evening.
The Indians will host Red Hill in the annual Oil Field Trophy game this week, then await their playoff assignment from the IHSA.
Palestine dropped to 2-6 and will conclude its season with a home game against Oakland.
"It's not playoff time yet," Wood said. "We've qualified and that's great. It's a feather in our cap. But we've got Red Hill next week and you never know what's going to happen in a rivalry game. For them to knock us off would give them bragging rights for a year."
Indians 50, Pioneers 0
Score by quarters
Lawrenceville 18 13 19 0 - 50
Palestne 0 0 0 0 - 0
First downs 18 9
by rushing 15 8
by passing 2 1
by penalty 1 0
Rushes-yards 43-378 40-158
Passing (C-A-I) 3-4-0 2-6-3
Passing yards 96 21
Total yards 474 179
Penalties-yards 4-30 7-60
Punts-average 1-46.0 3-33.7
Fumbles-lost 1-0 6-0
Possession 20:40 27:20ß
L - Zach Shoulders, 23 run (Kick failed), 11:40, 1st qtr. L 6, P 0.
L - Cole Hulen, 54 run (Kick failed), 6:18, 1st qtr. L 12, P 0.
L - Austin Wanke, 24 fumble return (Kick failed), 3:16, 1st qtr. L 18, C 0.
L - Hulen, 4 run (Shoulders kick), 3:27, 2nd qtr. L 25, P 0.
L - Gage McIntosh, 25 pass from Shoulders (Kick failed), :40, 2nd qtr. L 31, P 0.
L - Hulen, 32 run (Kick failed), 10:09, 3rd qtr. L 37, P 0.
L - Shoulders, 64 run (Shoulders kick), 7:16, 3rd qtr.. L 44, P 0.
L - McIntosh, 41 pass from John Barnes (Kick Failed), 1:05, 3rd qtr. L 50, P 0.
Rushing - Lawrenceville: Hulen 13-209 (3 TDs), Shoulders 10-96 (TD), Wanke 5-40, Wyatt Rinsch 7-22, Barnes 2-6, Evan Staggs 4-4, Dalton Vories 2-1. Palestine: Dylan Webster 5-58, Joseph Eckert 20-31, Matt Schmidlin 5-30, Kyle Myers 7-19.
Passing - Lawrenceville: Shoulders 2-3-0, 55 yards (TD), Barnes 1-1-0, 41 yards (TD). Palestine: Eckert 2-6-3, 21 yards.
Receiving - Lawrenceville: McIntosh 3-96 (2 TDs). Palestine: Schmidlin 2-21.
Punting - Lawrenceville: Shoulders 1-46, 46.0 avg. Palestine: Treyver Ferguson 3-101, 33.7 avg.
Kickoff returns - Lawrenceville: McIntosh 1-57. Palestine: Schmidlin 3-41, Eckert 20-31, Myers 1-32.
Interceptions - Lawrenceville: McIntosh 1-2, Staggs 1-1, Austin Dorney 1-0.