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10/28/2013 10:50:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Indians keep Oil Field Trophy, 36-8
BRIDGEPORT - Lawrenceville High School's football team has had more impressive victories than the 36-8 decision it scored over Red Hill Friday evening.

But with the Oil Field Trophy on the line in the battle between the two Lawrence County rivals, none has tasted sweeter.

"It's always nice to beat your rival," said LHS coach Greg Wood, whose team overcame 100 yards in penalties and an interception to down the Dawgs. "We kept (the Oil Field Trophy) and we finished 7-2. We have no reason to be ashamed."

Still, the Indians had to come from behind after the Salukis recovered a squib kick to start the game and immediately moved 38 yards for their only touchdown.

It was no problem, as LHS rallied to score the game's last five TDs, all coming thanks to the legs of junior running back Zach Shoulders.

Next up for the Tribe is Saturday's 2 p.m. kickoff at Gillespie (8-1) in the opening round of the Illinois High School Association 32-team Class 2A playoff bracket.

Red Hill finished the season with a 2-7 record and lost its final four games.

The Salukis' Garrett Harper covered the opening squib kick at the LHS 38-yard line to put his team in good position.

After backs Blake Adams. Tristan Holtz and Dalton Murray all had runs of nine yards or more it was Harper who put the Salukis on top, just four minutes into the game. Harper's four-yard TD run on third and goal and a two-point pass from Murray to Holtz gave Red Hill an 8-0 lead.

"It was a great way to start. The kids were fired up," said second-year Red Hill coach Billy Gray. "I told our younger guys after the game that we need to start every game that way. If we'd played like that at the start of every game, we'd have won a few more."

LHS coach Greg Wood said his team was "shell-shocked" at the outset.

"Thankfully we were able to control the game from that point," said Wood, whose team piled up a 372-94 advantage in total yards. "But we really need to clean things up for the playoffs."

Shoulders proved to be too much for Red Hill, as he carried 18 times for 205 yards and scored all five of his team's touchdowns.

Shoulders ran 19 yards for a TD with 3:47 to play in the opening period, capping an eight-play, 66-yard touchdown march. The Tribe tied the game at 8 when Bryce Winningham made a two-point conversion toss to Jacob Seed.

LHS took the lead for good the next time it had the ball. After forcing a Red Hill punt, Lawrenceville took over at the Salukis' 31. The Indians scored on the first play, as Shoulders rolled 31 yards for his second touchdown.

The Indians marched 72 yards in 11 plays to stretch their lead to 22-8 at halftime. Shoulders capped the march with a 24-yard run and the Indians added the extra two points on a pass from Winningham to Austin Wanke.

Neither team scored in a sloppy third period before Shoulders had touchdown runs of 7 and 30 yards in the fourth period to conclude the scoring.

"Shoulders is a great kid, but we'd like to share the wealth a little more," said Wood. "I thought Austin Wanke ran the ball hard tonight, too. And we had Wyatt (Rinsch) in there, but he got dinged up a little bit. He's fine but he didn't play much in the second half. We're going to need him next week."

Gray said the Indians wore his team down.

"They were more physical than us, but we've dealt with that all year," he said. "You can't overcome that. If you don't have speed and you don't have strength football is a tough sport."

The win was the third in a row for the Indians in the Oil Field Trophy series, although the Salukis hold an 8-5 advantage since the trophy came into being in 2001. LHS leads the all-time series with the Salukis, 23-18. Also, Lawrenceville holds a 64-31-2 lead in the series with Red Hill and its predecessor, Bridgeport High School.

Indians 36, Salukis 8

Score by quarters

Lawrenceville 14 8 0 14 - 36

Red Hill 8 0 0 0 - 8

Team statistics


First downs 20 5

by rushing 15 3

by passing 5 2

by penalty 0 0

Rushes-yards 46-372 35-17

Passing (C-A-I) 0-4-1 5-10-1

Passing yards 0 77

Total yards 372 94

Penalties-yards 13-100 10-105

Punts-average 1-33.0 6-23.3

Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-0

Possession 24:24 23:36

Scoring summary

RH - Garrett Harper, 4 run (Tristan Holtz pass from Dalton Murray), 7:46, 1st qtr. RH 8, L 0.

L - Zach Shoulders 19 run (Jacob Seed pass from Bryce Winningham), 3:47, 1st qtr. RH 8, L 8.

L - Shoulders 31 run (Pass failed), 1:49, 1st qtr. L 14, RH 8.

L - Shoulders 24 run (Austin Wanke pass from Winningham), 2:53, 2nd qtr. L 22, RH 8.

L - Shoulders 7 run (Pass failed), 9:58, 3rd qtr. L 28, RH 8.

L - Shoulders 30 run (Logan McGuire run), 6:26, 4th qtr. L 36, RH 8

Individual statistics

Rushing - Lawrenceville: Shoulders 18-205 (5 TDs), Wanke 14-86, Kenny Waller 3-29, McGuire 5-25, Wyatt Rinsch 5-25, Dalton Vories 1-2. Red Hill: Holtz 11-16, Blake Adams 7-15, Harper 4-9 (TD), Murray 13-minus 23.

Passing - Lawrenceville: Winningham 0-4-1, 0 yards. Red Hill: Murray 5-10-1, 77 yards.

Receiving - Red Hill: Steven Ramsaran 2-43, Holtz 1-10, Harper 1-10, Ty Fuentes 1-3.

Punting - Lawrenceville: Winningham 1-33, 33.0 avg. Red Hill Murray 6-140, 23.3 avg.

Kickoff returns - Lawrenceville: Dalton Sholders 1-27. Red Hill: Trevor Richards 3-29, Jacob Wirth 1-15, Adams 1-7.

Interceptions - Lawrenceville: Shoulders 1-2. Red Hill: Murray 1-25.


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