WYOMING - No offense to winless Central Elkader, but Midland football coach Lenny Miller had just one goal for his club coming into their contest with the injury depleted Warriors Friday, Sept. 27.
“I wanted to get our minds right again,” he said. “That’s it.
“We’ve had back-to-back tough games against Turkey Valley and Easton Valley and we needed this game to get things straightened out and get us back on track again.”
“We agreed to play eight-minute quarters instead of the normal 12 because Central Elkader had five kids out with injuries,” said Miller, as his team crushed Central Elkader taking a lopsided 48-0 decision for their first class 8-player district 3 triumph of the campaign.
“They only had 17 on the roster to begin with, so when you lose five that’s a pretty big blow, but our guys went out and took care of business. It may have taken us a little longer to get things going than we would have liked, but we got there.”
The Eagles (3-2, 1-2) led just 8-0 after one quarter of play as the only points of the opening stanza came when Britan Martens grabbed a blocked punt and raced 48 yards into the end zone for the game’s first score.
After the first quarter horn, the Midland offense really got humming totaling a whopping 32 points in the eight-minute frame.
Wilson Buckwalter got the second quarter scoring parade started with a 1-yard touchdown plunge before Martens hooked up with Jensen Dodge on a beautiful 29-yard pass play that handed the hosts a 24-0 advantage.
Alex Smith got in on the fun next for the hosts, rushing the football into the end zone from 29 yards out before Jake Arnell brought the crowd to their feet tallying the final score of the first half with a sensational 40-yard punt return for a touchdown plowing through helpless Warrior defenders.
The Eagles led 40-0 at the break and with the continuous clock running in the second half, the teams were able to get the game in before storms started.
Midland’s final touchdown came when Sawyer Hansen hauled in a Carson Hunter pass that covered 35 yards in the final frame.
“I was impressed with what we were able to accomplish in this game at every level,” Miller said. “It didn’t matter who we put in there, they got the job done and dominated. The first-string guys, the backups, everyone did their jobs and did them well.
“We got our minds right again and I feel we still have a chance at finishing in the top-16 and getting into the playoffs,” Miller said. “That Springville game is going to be huge. We still have to take care of West Central Friday night first, but then that Springville game should be a big one.”
Midland officials bumped the game up an hour for a 6 p.m. kick-off start to try and stay ahead of predicted inclement weather, and the move proved perfect as the game got in without any complications, though dark cloud loomed on the horizon most of the night.