New play sparks LCC past Spencerville


Wheel route gives momentum against Bearcats

By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



Spencerville’s Kale Lee (15) and Cannan Johnson (14) close in to help stop Lima Central Catholic’s Ron Banks during Friday night’s game at Spencerville High School. Banks finished with a career-high five touchdowns in the win. See more game photos at LimaScores.com.

Spencerville’s Kale Lee (15) and Cannan Johnson (14) close in to help stop Lima Central Catholic’s Ron Banks during Friday night’s game at Spencerville High School. Banks finished with a career-high five touchdowns in the win. See more game photos at LimaScores.com.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic’s Rossi Moore goes up to make a catch against Spencerville’s Kale Lee during Friday night’s game at Spencerville High School.

Lima Central Catholic’s Rossi Moore goes up to make a catch against Spencerville’s Kale Lee during Friday night’s game at Spencerville High School.


Don Speck | The Lima News

SPENCERVILLE – Lima Central Catholic added a new little wrinkle to its playbook this week. And the T-Birds decided to pull it out at exactly the right time.

LCC quarterback Nevan Stolly hit Ron Banks out of the backfield on a wheel route for a 48-yard TD to help LCC post a 34-19 football opening-night victory over Spencerville on Friday.

The key TD pass from Stolly to Banks gave LCC a 21-12 lead with 3:29 left in the first half.

“That was something we put in this week,” LCC coach Scott Palte said. “We thought as aggressive as they were, we could sneak Ron out of the backfield. He has some good speed, and Nevan threw that ball on the money. It was a perfect throw. That was a huge play that put us up nine.’’

Stolly added, “Coach set it up and Ronnie Banks set it up for himself, and we dropped it right in, touchdown. We really don’t run that. We just put it this week. That’s what really put fire under us and helped us win the game.’’

Banks had a career-high five TDs, including TD runs of 13, 3 and 1 yards. He caught TD passes of 19 and 48 yards.

Banks led the ground game with 103 yards on 24 carries.

“I thought the pass was going over my head, but I got under it and grabbed it,” Banks said. “I think we got them by surprise.’’

Banks said he can’t ever remember racking up five TDs in a game.

“I used to play for the Shawnee traveling team and had three touchdowns back then, but I can’t remember having five,” Banks said. “It feels good, and I’m glad we got the ‘W.’”

Shaun Thomas, who was bothered by cramping, had 41 yards on nine carries.

Stolly, a first-year starter, was 7 of 7 in the air for 157 yards and two TDs.

The Stolly-to-Banks wheel-route TD down the right sideline came two plays after LCC went for it on fourth-and-1 from the LCC 46 with the T-Birds holding a 14-12 lead. Stolly went straight ahead on a 1-yard sneak to the get the first down.

“They had some momentum going on offense. I thought they were pushing us around pretty good, and I didn’t want them to get the ball back,” Palte said. “I had faith that we could pick up a yard.’’

For Spencerville, Cannan Johnson had 68 yards on nine carries, including a 48-yard run on his first carry. Joel Lotz had 60 yards on nine carries.

Dylan Baughman had 53 yards on 17 carries.

Bearcats quarterback Dalty Prichard completed 1 of 3 for 11 yards and had one interception.

“They are a complete team, and they deserved to win,” Spencerville coach Chris Sommers said. “They beat us in every aspect.

“I’m really proud of our guys. Our guys played hard.’’

LCC went to the ground early, then did a good job of mixing in the pass.

Spencerville was in its usual run-happy Wing-T.

LCC led 14-6 after the first quarter and 21-12 at the half.

The first time LCC touched it the T-Birds ground out a 12-play, 63-yard drive for a score.

Thomas, who ran for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman last year, led the way with 31 yards on six carries on the drive.

Banks ran an inside counter for a 13-yard TD and the T-Birds led 7-0 with 6:20 left in the first quarter.

Spencerville came back with a quick four-play, 60-yard drive to get within 7-6 after a botched kick attempt.

Johnson broke loose for a 48-yard run to take the ball to the LCC 3.

Lotz swept the left side for a 3-yard TD to get the Bearcats within 7-6 with 5:14 left in the first.

It was then time for LCC to break out the passing game with rookie quarterback Stolly.

Stolly went to Rossi Moore for 21 to take the ball to the Spencerville 19.

LCC capped the two-play drive with a 19-yard TD pass from Stolly to Banks on a swing pass to the left side.

Banks broke a tackle and cruised into the end zone to give LCC a 14-6 lead with 4:35 left in the first quarter.

Spencerville got within 14-12 on a 5-yard TD run by Dylan Baughman with 9:25 left in the second quarter. That capped an eight-play, 70-yard drive.

By the half, Stolly was 5 for 5 for 105 yards and two TDs, both to Banks.

Banks’ 3-yard TD with 2:39 left in the third quarter gave the T-Birds a 28-12 lead.

Spencerville’s 6-foot-2, 220-pound middle linebacker Eli Yahl finished with 22 tackles, as he clogged up the line of scrimmage and continually slowed down the LCC sweep.

“Eli is a great player, and he plays hard,” Sommers said. “We had a lot of guys play hard. It just didn’t work out.’’

Spencerville’s Kale Lee (15) and Cannan Johnson (14) close in to help stop Lima Central Catholic’s Ron Banks during Friday night’s game at Spencerville High School. Banks finished with a career-high five touchdowns in the win. See more game photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_Spencerville-FB-vs-LCC-DS3-1.jpgSpencerville’s Kale Lee (15) and Cannan Johnson (14) close in to help stop Lima Central Catholic’s Ron Banks during Friday night’s game at Spencerville High School. Banks finished with a career-high five touchdowns in the win. See more game photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic’s Rossi Moore goes up to make a catch against Spencerville’s Kale Lee during Friday night’s game at Spencerville High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_Spencerville-FB-vs-LCC-DS5-1.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Rossi Moore goes up to make a catch against Spencerville’s Kale Lee during Friday night’s game at Spencerville High School. Don Speck | The Lima News
Wheel route gives momentum against Bearcats

By Tom Usher

sports@limanews.com

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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