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|Lawrenceville 46, Palestine 0|
Indians' win seals back-to-back playoff berths
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School football coach Greg Wood received an ice-water bath from a couple of his players Friday night, but he wasn't complaining.
"On a night like tonight it was awfully cold and it's hard on an old man," said the third-year Indians' boss, after a 46-0 shutout of Palestine guaranteed the Tribe of a playoff berth for the second straight season for the first time in school history. "The kids enjoyed doing that. I guess you know you're doing something right if something like that happens once during the year. (The players) can do that every week if they want to."
The Indians (6-2) scored their first shutout of the season and used a pair of defensive touchdowns to run away from the Pioneers (3-5) after taking an 18-0 lead at halftime.
It was the final regular season home appearance for LHS seniors Brandon Bilohlavek, Logan Danielsen, Trent Jones, Justin Moore, Ryan Seed, John Thompson and Austin Wanke, who have been with Wood for three years.
"I'm really happy for the seniors. They've been great leaders for the program," said Wood. "I'm really proud of them and I wish I had them back (next year). There are only seven of them, but we got a lot out of them on the field tonight."
Wanke and junior Zach Shoulders accounted for all seven of the Indians' touchdowns, and both came through with a defensive score.
LHS led just 18-0 at halftime, but quickly added on to it. The Indians used a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Wanke with 7:00 play to set the continuous clock into motion. Due to the Illinois High School Association's "mercy rule" the clock doesn't stop when one team or the other builds a lead of 40 points or more after halftime.
Wanke scored the first two LHS touchdowns on runs of 62 and 4 yards. Shoulders took over at that point, scoring by returning a fumble 15 yards for a TD, then adding TD runs of 4 and 14 yards. Wanke scored on a 2-yard run before closing things out by returning the interception 30 yards for a score.
"We didn't play well in the first half," Wood said. "I really got on them in the locker room. I even left them alone for a couple of minutes, hoping they would clean things up. In the second half they just played their tails off. It was awesome."
The Indians dominated the game from a statistical standpoint. LHS totaled 322 yards, of which 264 came on the ground. At the same time, the Pioneers managed just 99 yards in total offense.
"We changed our scheme just a little bit and went to a 5-4 against their (Wishbone)," Wood said. "We didn't feel like they were going to threaten us throwing the ball down the field so we stuck another guy in the box and it seemed to help. It was good to get the goose egg (shutout). Defense has been a strong point and I was proud of them tonight."
Wanke carried 10 times for 131 yards to pace the LHS rushers. Shoulders added 88 yards on 19 rushes.
Both LHS quarterbacks, Shoulders and freshman Bryce Winningham, completed passes. Wyatt Rinsch had a 32-yard reception for the Tribe, while Jacob Seed had a 26-yard catch.
The Indians will conclude the regular season Friday with the annual battle for the Oil Field Trophy at Red Hill. The Indians will be looking for their third straight win against the Salukis.
In the meantime, the team will celebrate being the first from LHS to ever qualify for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The previous LHS playoff appearances were in 1977, 2002, 2004 and last season.
"We're setting school history by making the playoffs two years in a row," Wood said. "It's a great thing for the team and everybody else. We're really happy about it."
Pairings for the tournament will be announced by the Illinois High School Association Saturday evening.
Indians 46, Pioneers 0
Score by quarters
Palestine 0 0 0 0 - 0
Lawrenceville 6 12 14 14 - 46
First downs 8 14
by rushing 5 12
by passing 3 1
by penalty 0 1
Rushes-yards 44-64 34-264
Passing (C-A-I) 3-12-2 2-4-0
Passing yards 35 58
Total yards 99 322
Penalties-yards 5-40 5-60
Punts-average 3-30.0 1-33.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1
Possession 23:16 20:44
L - Austin Wanke, 62 run (Run failed), 10:15, 1st qtr. L 6, P 0.
L - Wanke, 4 run (Run failed), 8:45, 2nd qtr. L 12, P 0.
L - Zach Shoulders, 15 fumble return (Run failed), 3:59, 2nd qtr. 18, P 0.
L - Shoulders, 4 run (Run failed), 10:34, 3rd qtr. L 24, P 0.
L - Shoulders, 14 run (Brandon Bilohlavek pass from Bryce Winningham), 3:30, 3rd qtr. L 32, P 0.
L - Wanke, 2 run (Pass failed), 8:10 4th qtr. L 38, P 0.
L - Wanke, 30 interception return (Wanke run), 7:00, 4th qtr. L 46, P 0.
Rushing - Palestine: Blake Newlin 16-35, Wade Beard 7-27, Treyver Ferguson 13-7, Ben Martinez 2-5, Dalton Murdock 4-3, Mikey Roberts 2-minus 13. Lawrenceville: Wanke 10-131 (3 TDs), Shoulders 19-88 (2 TDs), Dalton Vories 4-24, Wyatt Rinsch 7-22, Winningham 2-minus 1.
Passing - Palestine: Ferguson 3-12-2, 35 yards. Lawrenceville: Shoulders 1-3-0, 32 yards; Winningham 1-1-0, 26 yards.
Receiving - Palestine: Murdock 2-20, Roberts 1-15. Lawrenceville: Rinsch 1-32, Jacob Seed 1-26.
Punting - Palestine: Ferguson 3-90, 30.0 avg. Lawrenceville: Winningham 1-33, 33.0 avg.
Kickoff returns - Palestine: Newlin 5-49, Dawson Ferguson 1-4.
Interceptions - Lawrenceville: Wanke 1-30 (TD), Brandon Bilohlavek 1-16.