Football Uses Air, Ground Attack In HNAC WIn Over Winamac
By Scot Shearer | Sep 12, 2023 3:35 PM
LAKEVILLE - Wanting to set the tempo early, the 2A #3 LaVille High School football team went to the air early and found success against outmatched WInamac in a 38-6 Hoosier North Athletic Conference victory at Lancer Field.
Just a week ago, Lancer quarterback Lucas Plummer threw for 153 yards and a touchdown pass to help his team defeat Pioneer.
On Friday against the Warriors, the 6' 3" senior signal-caller ran a little play action and found tight end Michael Good wide open near the right seam. The Plummer to Good scoring connection went for 57 yards on the first play from scrimmage for LHS in its first series and a 7-0 lead.
After LaVille forced Winamac to punt, the Lancers started at their own 39 and five plays later found the end zone again. Plummer's pass was high enough to get over the defense, but just the right spot for Good to snag the ball out of midair for a 5-yard TD pass, his second score of the night.
"Just like any week, we want to start fast," said LaVille head football coach Jeff Kaiser. "We want to get early points on the board and set the tone."
Good finished with four catches for 88 yards and two scores.
Plummer, meanwhile, hit his first six straight pass attempts on his way to a 8-of-12 night and two TD passes. He also added a 15 yard touchdown scamper before giving way to back-up quarterback Brayden Schwitz in the fourth quarter.
LaVille used its size advantage up front to open solid holes and give Plummer time to help establish both aspects of its offense.
"Yes I felt our physical play gave them troubles upfront," said Kaiser. "When you play with physicality every play it eventually wears a team out and I felt that gave us a mental edge throughout the game."
The game also witnessed the return of LaVille running back Cody Allen. The 5' 10" junior sat out the Pioneer game after meeting protocol and getting medical clearance.
Allen's first carry was for nine yards and one could see he was hungry to return to action. He finished the game with a 6-yard TD run in the second quarter after getting all four carries to finish off a 42-yard drive. This score came right after Allen snatched the ball following a tip by teammate Xzavian Lafave for an interception. Allen closed the game with his third straight 100+ yard effort on 15 carries for 149 yards.
"Cody Allen's return was definitely satisfying after coming off the injury he had," Kaiser explained after Allen was out for the Triton game following protocol. "We were able to have another balanced attack which keeps defenses guessing. HIs consistency running the ball is going to be key to continue with our team's goals and success."
Late in the second quarter, Lafave boosted the Lancer lead to 28-0 after picking off Winamac quarterback Max Gearhart and going the distance with an entourage of teammates for a 41-yard interception return.
The Lancers hit the locker room with a 28-0 lead.
Getting the ball to start the second half, a steady dose of Allen pushed the ball inside the red zone. Plummer polished off the drive by breaking free from the left side of the Lancer goal line, crossing the goal line for a 15-yard touchdown run. With LaVille now ahead 35-0, the running clock was instituted.
"The score to open the second half was big," said Kaiser. "Your first two possessions (offensive/defensive) will influence how the rest of the game is going to go for the most part. Adjustments get made, kids believe your adjustments are going to work and once they do it gives you even more confidence in the plan. Then anytime you can get a rolling clock it sets you up to get everyone on the field on a Friday night which is big for our program."
Winamac showed fight, taking the ball 65-yards on its final possession. Gearhart was instrumental in leading the drive inside the LaVille 10. Addison Allen hit paydirt on an 8-yard run as time expired.
"Defensively I felt we played disciplined and to our level," concluded Kaiser. "We still need and want to shore things up as we move forward, but this game keeps us going in the right direction. We as a team thank everyone for your support so far this season."
LHS is now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the chase for the HNAC title. The Lancers hit the road for an HNAC game at Caston on September 15. Kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Winamac moves to 0-4 overall and 0-3. The Warriors travel to North Judson-San Pierre next Friday for a conference game.
LAVILLE 38, WINAMAC 6
Score By Quarters
Winamac 0 0 0 6 - 6
LaVille 14 14 7 3 - 38
L - Michael Good 57 pass from Lucas Plummer; Plummer kick
L - Good 5 pass from Plummer; Plummer kick
L - Cody Allen 6 run; Plummer kick
L - Xzavian Lafave 41 interception return; Plummer kick
L - Plummer 15 run; Plummer kick
L - Brandon Netterouer 39 FG
W - Addison Allen 6 run
First Downs 8 15
Yards Rushing 114 199
Comp-Att-Int. 5-10-2 8-12-1
Passing Yards 53 150
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-40 4-30
Punts-Avg 3-27 0-0