EDINBURGH–Buoyed by the running of junior tailback Dominic McFee and a series of time-consuming drives, the Oldenburg Academy Twisters defeated Edinburgh 26-12 on the Lancers’ homecoming night.
Oldenburg is 2-0 for the first time in school history, after defeating Mid-Indiana Football Conference foe Edinburgh for the third consecutive year.
McFee rushed for over 150 yards and got loose for a 63-yard dash to pay dirt to give the Twisters a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter.
He had some help in chewing up clock and yardage, as four other Tornados toted the pigskin for another 125 yards combined and most of OA’s 16 first downs. Sophomore Caleb Lehman went for 63 and put his team ahead for good (13-6) with 15 seconds left in the first half, his second touchdown of the game.
The Lancers found the end zone temporarily on the game’s third play from scrimmage. Quarterback Tyson Sackman recovered a bad snap and found Darius Bennett for a 65-yard catch-and-run. However, holding was called to negate the score. The teams traded personal foul penalties and the hosts advanced down to OA’s 24-yard-line. But a false start, coupled with a tackle for loss and another errant snap made it 4th-and-31.
After a Twister three-and-out, Edinburgh scored first, getting a 7-yard TD by Austin Streeval with 1:26 left in the first quarter. A 24-yard hook-up from Sackman to Caleb Dewey set up the score.
OA answered with a 12-play, 61-yard drive that took up six minutes. The drive contained freshman quarterback Rhett Martin’s only two completions of the night, both to senior Tony Kline. Lehman went in from the 1-yard line. Senior kicker Allison Storms would make two of her four extra-point tries on the evening, misfiring on the first for a 6-6 tie.
After a Lancer turnover on downs, OA traversed 58 yards on 11 plays; Lehman had the 3-yard capper. McFee collected a 23-yard rush on the drive and OA converted a key 4th-and-1 at the Edinburgh 7.
More importantly, the ball control left the Lancers with mere seconds on the first-half clock. Sackman would have been wise to take a knee, seeing as 6-foot-2, 334-pound Owen Hudepohl ended the half on a crushing sack of the Edinburgh signal caller.
Receiving the second-half kickoff, the Twisters needed 11 plays to go 60 yards. Senior fullback Abe Peetz got his first handoff one play into the half and was a staple of OA’s finishing strategy the rest of the contest. On his fifth carry of the drive, he plunged in from a yard out to make it 20-6.
Edinburgh moved downfield quickly on the ensuing possession, thanks to a completion to Bennett and a 37-yard scramble by Sackman into the red zone. But after a 5-yard tackle for loss and incompletion, Sackman threw a 3rd-and-goal pass to the end zone which went off Bennett’s fingers into the arms of Lehman.
Starting at their own 2, the Twisters would reel off 98 yards in 9 plays, including a 4th-and-inches conversion by Peetz. On a first-down carry, McFee broke through the first level of tacklers and saw only green ahead of him for the 63-yarder.
The hosts got closer with 4:06 left in the fourth when Sackman hit Lennon DeLoach for an 11-yard score. OA would run out the clock and Peetz’s recovery of a muffed punt sealed the deal.
Streeval led the home team with 55 yards rushing and Sackman passed for 112, both unofficial numbers. The Lancers had 11 first downs. OA compiled nine penalties for 55 yards and Edinburgh finished with six for 50.
OA (2-0, 1-0) travels to North Decatur Friday night.