Created on Saturday, 02 November 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A second-half burst of offense helped Indian Lake put away host Benjamin Logan for a 45-0 victory Friday in a Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division rivalry game.
Indian Lake’s Ben Wahl takes a catch down field as Benjamin Logan’s Brady Bechtel (29) gives chase during the second quarter of their game Friday at Ben Logan High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)
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“Your lasting memory a lot of times is that last game,” said Indian Lake head coach Dave Coburn. “It was of the utmost importance for our seniors to go out with a win and a positive feeling. For our underclassmen, it carries that feeling into the offseason to finish like that.”
After leading just 7-0 at halftime, the Lakers poured on 38 points in the second half. They used four big touchdown runs of 35 yards or more to pull away for a convincing victory over the Raiders.
“Give credit to Ben Logan in the first half,” said Coburn. “They controlled the ball the whole first half. We only had three possessions and they extended drives. We made a few adjustments for the second half and got some big plays by L.J. Henderson and our offensive line. We broke their backs early and we got the momentum and rode that.”
Indian Lake won four of its last five games to finish the season at 5-5 overall and second in the CBC Mad River division with a 4-1 record.
The Raiders cap the fall at 1-9, 1-4.
Indian Lake took the ball down to Ben Logan’s 20-yard line on its opening drive of the game, but was unable to come away with any points.
The Lakers broke through when quarterback Christian Grider lobbed a pass to Simon Kirkpatrick for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 6:44 left until the break. That score would hold up and give the Lakers a 7-0 lead at halftime.
Indian Lake’s offense then dominated the second half.
After a three-and-out by Ben Logan to start the third quarter, Indian Lake’s L.J. Henderson shed three tacklers and broke free up the middle of the field on his team’s first possession for a 58-yard TD run. That gave the Lakers a 14-0 lead with 10:03 remaining in the third quarter.
The points continued to come quickly in the third quarter as Indian Lake scored twice in a span of one minute. Henderson found another hole and raced up the middle for a 35-yard touchdown run with 6:58 left in the period.
Ben Logan attempted to fake a punt on its next possession, but it was botched and Indian Lake took over on the Raiders’ 6-yard line. Chris Teague scored on the Lakers’ next play for a 28-0 score.
On Indian Lake’s next series, two big pass plays to Teague helped set up a 29-yard field goal by Connor Davis with 1:04 to play. Davis’ kick boosted the Lakers to a 31-0 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, Hunter Vance tacked on a 35-yard touchdown run to push the Lakers to a 38-0 lead.
Brandon Henderson rounded out the Lakers’ scoring with a 46-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Indian Lake’s offense was sparked by L.J. Henderson with 159 rushing yards on 17 carries. Brandon Henderson had 47 rushing yards on three carries and Vance had 43 rushing yards on three carries. Chris Teague added 51 receiving yards on three catches.
For Ben Logan, Brady Bechtel led the way with 52 rushing yards on 17 carries and Mack Horton had 32 receiving yards on four grabs.
LAKERS @ RAIDERS
Indian Lake 0 7 24 14 - 45
Benjamin Logan 0 0 0 - 0
TEAM STATISTICS IL • BL
First downs 12 • 10
Total net yards 368 • 154
Rushes/yards 31/282 • 45/101
Passing 86 • 53
Comp-att-int 5-12-0 • 5-19-1
Punts/avg 1/32 • 5/27
Fumbles-lost 0-0 • 0-0
Penalties-yards 2-20 • 3-30
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