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North Decatur too much for Edinburgh

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Nothing fancy here, just power football behind a stout offensive line.

With freshman quarterback Evan Smith under center, the North Decatur offensive line did the rest as three different tailbacks found the end zone to power the Chargers to a 54-22 win Friday night against visiting Edinburgh.

On their first possession, the Chargers engineered a seven-play, 62-yard drive in as Smith took it in from 1-yard giving North Decatur a 7-0 lead.

The Chargers’ second touchdown came with 5:34 left in the first quarter.

North Decatur got possession at the Edinburgh 30-yard line following an Edinburgh fumble, resulting in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Smith to senior Austin Brown to make it 14-0.

After a three-and-out, Edinburgh gave up the football again. This time the Chargers began their drive at the Lancers’ 38.

But Edinburgh responded with an interception by senior Elliott Parmer after North Decatur had moved the ball 47 yards.

Parmer turned in a second interception on the Chargers’ next possession, which gave Edinburgh a much-needed spark.

However, another three-and-out led to a North Decatur touchdown by senior Lane Geis on a 1-yard run to make it 21-0 with 4:24 left in the half.

The Lancers finally got on the scoreboard on their next possession when junior quarterback Bobby Simpson hit senior        wide receiver Eric Cravens for a 40-yard touchdown to make it 21-7 with 3:28 remaining in the half.

The Chargers tacked on their fourth touchdown on a 25-yard interception return by junior linebacker Evan Walpe to give North Decatur a commanding 28-7 halftime advantage.

In the second half, North Decatur went right back to its power-running game, completing a 71-yard drive on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Geis to make it 34-7.

The Lancers got on the board two more times once on a 38-yard run by Parmer on a reverse hand-off from senior Kevin Johnson and with 4:11 left, sophomore Eric Burton added a 6-yard rushing touchdown.

But on this night, the Chargers ran, passed and kicked their way to their second win of the season to improve to 2-0. Edinburgh dropped to 1-1.

For the game, North Decatur amassed 344 yards of total offense.

Leading the way with 108 rushing yards was Luke Badgley. Geis added 99 yards on the ground, and Meyer had 63 yards on 10 carries.

For Edinburgh, Johnson totaled 73 rushing yards on 10 carries, and Zach Smiley rushed for 33 yards on five carries.

Simpson was limited to 49 passing yards, completing 3 of 22 for 49 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The Lancers travel to Trinity Lutheran on Friday.

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