LIMA – Lima Central Catholic quarterback Evan Unruh stashed the quarterback draw in his back pocket for just the right time.
He pulled it out twice at the most opportune times and both times he ripped it off for big gains.
Unruh’s running and passing led LCC to a convincing 34-13 victory over Spencerville Friday at Spartan Stadium.
LCC is 2-1. Spencerville is 1-2.
Unruh finished with 157 yards rushing on 14 carries with a 1-yard TD. He ran the draw play two times for runs of 38 and 57 yards to set up scores.
LCC coach Scott Palte said, “Evan’s a good runner and we have a pretty good offensive line. The first half we got a good look with it (the draw) and second half we used the same play. The kids did a really good job of being physical in the second half.’’
In the air, Unruh completed 11 of 16 passes. He threw TDs of 10 and 47 yards.
Quintel Peoples had five receptions for 98 yards and TD catches of 10 and 47 yards.
Spencerville’s 6-foot, 205-pound Gunner Grigsby ran for 161 yards on 26 carries with one TD.
“They’re a big team and physical and come off the ball,” Palte said. “Our guys rose to the occasion in the second half and made some plays.’’
LCC led 7-0 after the first quarter and 13-7 at the half.
The first time LCC had the ball it drove 94 yards in 10 plays for a score. Unruh hit Peoples on a 10-yard TD slant pattern.
The touchdown was set up on a 38-yard quarterback draw by Unruh to take the ball to the Bearcats’ 10.
The run-happy Bearcats plowed straight ahead in their Wing-T offense.
By halftime, Gunner Grigsby had 20 carries for 110 yards.
But the Bearcats had trouble holding on to the football.
On Spencerville’s first drive, it drove to the LCC 36, then lost the ball on a fumble. The next time the Bearcats had the ball they pounded the ball to the LCC 39 and again lost a fumble.
Spencerville held on to the ball on its third drive, going 68 yards on nine plays for the score.
Grigsby plowed over from the 1 to tie the game at 7 with 7:34 left in the second quarter.
On the drive, Grigsby had five carries for 47 yards.
LCC took a 13-7 lead on a 47-yard TD post pass from Unruh to Peoples, who caught the ball at the Spencerville 25, then weaved his way through traffic to the end zone.
That gave the T-Birds the lead with 6:02 left in the first half.
Unruh ran it over from the 1 to give the T-Birds a 20-7 lead with 6:30 left in the third quarter. That wrapped up a four-pay, 66-yard drive.
The TD was set up on a 57-yard run by Unruh off the quarterback draw.
“They moved the linebacker outside and I told coach Palte when the linebacker goes out, we have to go down the middle, it opened up for us and it worked out great,” Unruh said.
Keiron Bailey’s 3-yard TD run gave the T-Birds a 27-7 lead with 7:17 to go.
Spencerville’s Tyler Koenig had 11 carries for 59 yards. Dale Smith had 14 carries for 55 yards.
In the air, Spencerville quarterback Nate Coulter was 1 of 2 for 2 yards.
But LCC made a few adjustments on defense and Grigsby was held to five carries for 51 yards in the second half.
“It’s a different style in today’s football,” Palte said of the Wing-T. “It’s a hard adjustment for your kids, especially a team that runs it as well as Spencerville does.
Bailey had 70 yards on the ground on 16 carries for LCC. He had a 3-yard TD.
LCC wide receiver Traves Hoyle, who caught a pair of TDs last week, was out with an injury.
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