The Manitowoc Lutheran football team rolled past visiting St. Mary Central on Friday 42-0 after leading by the same score at halftime.
Eric Habermann proved the Lancers were dangerously sharp on the ground, piling up 126 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries.
Lutheran amassed 252 yards rushing on 29 carries as a team as quarterback Ethan Hillmer added the Lancers’ other rushing touchdown on a 35-yard keeper.
The Lancers opened up a 14-0 led after the first quarter behind the Hillmer scramble and a 61-yard burst by Habermann.
In the second quarter Habermann continued to take control of the game, scoring on runs of three and 26-yards.
Also in the same quarter Pete Menges scores twice, once on a 30-yard run and later on a 26-yard fumble recovery as Lutheran built a commanding halftime lead.
The second half saw both teams go scoreless as the Lancers continued to pound the ball and enforce their will upon the Zephyrs.
While St. Mary Central carried the ball 13 more times than Lutheran, they tallied only 92 yards for a little more than two-yards per carry.
The Lancers’ defense was just as stout in defending the pass and taking away the St. Mary Central passing game, forcing the Zephyr’s to complete one pass on 10 attempts for a lone yard.
For Lutheran (5-1), Hillmer connected on 1-for-3 passing, but his lone completion went 59 yards to Habermann.
St. Mary Central gained eight first downs compared to Lutheran’s five, but with four scoring plays of at least 25 yards on offense the Lancers were able to score quickly.
Lutheran next returns to action when it travels to take on Sevastopol on Friday having already clinched a playoff spot.
|St. Mary Central||0||0||0||0||—||0|
ML — 35 yard run Ethan Hillmer, XP good
ML — 61 yard run Eric Habermann, XP good
ML — 3 yard run Eric Habermann, XP good
ML — 30 yard run Peter Menges, XP good
ML — 26 yard run Eric Habermann, XP good
ML — 26 yard fumble recovery Peter Menges, XP good
|Total Net Yards||93||311|
Rushing — St. Mary Central, Logan Waldrup 21-88, Erik Cabral 4-20. Manitowoc Lutheran, Eric Habermann 9-126, Peter Menges 7-56.
Passing — St. Mary Central, Jordan Schmidt 2-10-1-1. Manitowoc Lutheran, Ethan Hillmer 1-3–59.
Receiving — St. Mary Central, Logan Waldrup 1-1. Manitowoc Lutheran, Eric Habermann 1-59.