The Vandalia Vandals won their second game in a row, defeating Carlyle on the Indians home field Friday night, Sept. 10, by a score of 30-6. They are now 2-1 on the season.
The Vandals had control of the game well in hand following the first quarter as they led 14-0.
The first score came on a 7-yard run by Connor Ray at the 5:48 mark to reach the endzone. Matthew Hagy connected with Ray on the conversion, and the Vandals led, 8-0.
Just less than five minutes later, The Vandals marched downfield again, this time with Eric McKinney running the ball in. The point after was no good, as the Vandals took the 14-0 lead.
They went back and forth, as Carlyle did not want to be totally embarrassed in what was their opening game, but late in the second, with 1:34 left, a bumble sent a loose ball into the endzone which was recovered by the Vandals, and the scoreboard read 16-0, headed into the locker room.
It took the Indians less than a minute in the third quarter to get on the scoreboard, as Owen Birkner ran the ball in from 48 yards out. The conversion failed, and the Vandals led 16-6. That touchdown would prove to be Carlyle’s first and only score of the contest.
Vandalia responded with a score of its own, as Andrew Kelly telegraphed Preston Nestrick for 17 yards and pay dirt at the 5:43 mark, for a 22-6 Vandal lead. The conversion failed.
The Vandals were not done putting tallies on the board, as they would cross the stripe one final time, as Kelly connected with Connor Ray with 10:22 left in the fourth quarter. McKinney would cross the line on the two-point conversion for the 30-6 final.
The Vandals rushed for 276 total yards on 44 carries, including two touchdowns. McKinney led the way with half of those with 140 yards on 22 carries, and scoring one touchdown. He was followed by Hagy with 10 carries for 70 yards; Landon Christian, 3 carries for 22 yards; Jay Keck, 2 carries for 19 yards; Pierson Wilkerson, 2 carries for 9 yards; Ray, 2 carries for 8 yards for one touchdown; Garrett Meyers, one carry for 5 yards and Andrew Kelly, 2 carries for 3 yards.
In passing, Hagy went 6 for 16, for a 47 yard total, and Kelly was 7 for 10, for 57 yards total, including two touchdown passes to Nestrick and Ray.
In receiving, Junior Preston Nestrick had five receptions for 59 yards and Ray had 3 receptions for 22 yards; both had a touchdown. Following was Reid Well, 3 for 20 yards and Wilkerson, two for 3 yards.
Jaydon Lotz led in tackles, getting 4 solos and 5 assists, including a sack for a 7-yard loss. He was followed by Lane McCormick with 4 solos and 3 assists; McKinney with 2 solos and one assist, one for a 5-yard loss; Reid Well, 1 solo; Hagy, 1 solo and 1 assist; Conner Thierry, 2 solos and 4 assists; Garrett Meyers, 1 assist; Christian DuPlayee, 3 solos and 4 assists; Lagan Nance, 2 solos and 5 assists; Justin Proctor, 2 solos and 4 assists; Dalton White, 2 assists, and Kanon Wollerman, 1 solo and 1 assist.
Vandalia won the JV contest on Monday night, 36-0.
“Hillsboro looks like a physical team on film,” says Vandal Head Coach Jason Clay. “They like to run the ball and keep it away from their opponents. We will have to match their physicality and try to stop their running game.”
Clay continued, “We need to get them off schedule and behind the chains. Offensively we will try to keep mixing the run and pass. Hopefully we can create some matchups that favor us. We need to finish drives and score points when we have the ball. Hopefully we can start fast and play well on special teams.”
Clay says the Hilltoppers have played a tough schedule and are better than some of their scores might appear.