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GREENSBURG — Junior running back Kevin Johnson rushed for 212 yards and scored two touchdowns to lift Edinburgh to a 42-20 Class A sectional win against host North Decatur, the same team that delivered a 41-6 defeat to the Lancers the second week of the season.
With the win, Edinburgh (5-5) advances to the second round and will meet the winner of the Howe vs. Lutheran game.
“The big key was our offensive line doing its job up front, and we got some of our kids back who’ve been injured,” coach Bill Unsworth said. “They really played well. We had a great week in preparing for this game.
“The first time we played them they just beat us. They went out and took care of business.”
By mixing a heavy ground game with an occasional pass, the Lancers took control from the outset and put two scores on the board in the first period.
On their first possession, the Lancers executed an 8-play, 62-yard drive, giving Kevin Johnson his first rushing touchdown of the night from 13 yards out. He then added the extra point to make it 7-0.
Edinburgh made it 14-0 on a 1-yard run by sophomore quarterback Bobby Simpson.
The score was set up by a 63-yard dash by Johnson from the Edinburgh 26-yard line to the Chargers 11.
Shortly after, North Decatur made a change at quarterback, and its offense began to click.
With 7:58 left in the half, sophomore signal-caller Donovan Meyer engineered a 55-yard drive and eventually took it in himself from one yard out. The extra point failed, but narrowed the Lancers’ lead to 14-6.
But on the next possession, Edinburgh used a 13-play, 77-yard drive to up its margin to 21-6 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Simpson to senior wingback Dakota Dayton.
North Decatur answered when Meyer led a 10-play, 62-yard drive, capping it with a 2-yard run for touchdown to make it 21-13 at the half.
The Chargers had the first possession the third quarter, but a fumble recovered by Edinburgh junior Eric Cravens snuffed out a North Decatur threat.
Johnson tacked on his second touchdown on an 8-yard run to boost the Lancers lead to 28-13.
Meyer scored his third rushing touchdown with 9:19 remaining to make it 28-20.
The Chargers tried an onside kick, but the ball bounced in the lap of junior Elliott Parmer, who completed a 55-yard run back to the North Decatur 10-yard line. He took it in for the touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, giving the Lancers a 35-20 advantage.
Working the clock, the Lancers capped a 12-play, 77-yard drive with an 18-yard rushing touchdown by Parmer to put the game out of reach at 42-20 with less than a minute left.
The Lancers rolled up 460 yards of total offense compared to North Decatur’s 253.
Simpson passed for 88 yards, completing 8 of 14 attempts. He also rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries.
Sophomore Derek Hocker led the way for the Chargers with 85 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Meyer completed 5 of 14 for 90-yards through the air.
“We’ve gotten so much better as the weeks have gone on,” Unsworth said. “I’m especially proud of how our defense played solid football.
“We had a couple breakdowns and they hit us with the pass a couple times, but for the most part, they did very well.”
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