Weather conditions were less than ideal, but as far as the Edinburgh football team was concerned, Friday was a terrific night.
For the second straight year, the Lancers defeated Tindley, this time in a 59-26 shootout at Arlington High School in Indianapolis.
“What a game to come back to,” Edinburgh coach Bill Unsworth said. “It feels pretty good, but (Tindley) made it hard on us.
“They have some talented and skilled players.”
The win was not only Edinburgh’s first since Unsworth returned to the sideline last week following neck surgery in August, but it was the team’s third of the season, making this the third consecutive year the long-struggling Lancers will have won at least three games.
Before Friday, Tindley had struggled to score since putting up 28 points against Arlington in the season-opener. But the Tigers had only managed to score six in the past three games.
A steady rain before and during the first half seemed to ensure they wouldn’t be scoring a lot, Edinburgh either, but that wasn’t the case.
Fortunately for the Lancers, however, they scored early and often, the first coming on their first play from scrimmage when sophomore quarterback Bobby Simpson connected with junior fullback Kevin Johnson for a 28-yard touchdown pass. The play was set up when the Lancers’ Elijah Parmer recovered a fumble off a bad Tindley exchange.
Edinburgh used big plays to score three of its four touchdowns in the first half, with senior defensive lineman Dakota Sneed racing 42-yards on an interception return, and senior Dakota Dayton returning a kickoff 70-yards for a score.
“Dakota was a little surprised to get that interception,” Unsworth said. “But when he started running, nobody wanted to tackle him.”
Edinburgh led 37-20 advantage at halftime and increased its lead in the second half.
Although the Lancers didn’t have as many offensive plays as Tindley (2-3), they made the most of them with Johnson getting 134 yards rushing on only seven carries. Johnson also scored three touchdowns, four two-point conversions and an extra point to account for 27 of the Lancers’ points.
Tindley was led by Jalen Leakes, who rushed for all four of the Tigers’ touchdowns and 209 rushing yards.
Tindley dressed 19 players and was missing a few to injuries. The Tigers fielded a single senior, Tyrone Eldridge, and only six juniors. Every other Tiger on the field was either a freshman or sophomore.
Next up for the Lancers is a rare Saturday game on Sept. 28, as they play host to Leipsic, Ohio, for a 5 p.m. kickoff.