EAST CHICAGO | What looked like a competitive game for the first two quarters turned ugly during the second half Friday night at East Chicago Central.
Times No. 1 Lake Central was up on No. 9 East Chicago Central just 14-6 as they headed to the locker room at halftime, and they appeared to have a fight on their hands.
But the Indians put that notion to rest in the third quarter.
Lake Central senior running back David Yancey got things started about a minute into the second half when he broke loose for a 78-yard touchdown run to put his team up 21-6, and the Indians never looked back.
East Chicago Central was outscored 28-0 the rest of the way, and Lake Central turned a slim halftime lead into a 49-6 rout.
Lake Central's Brett St. Germain said his team had a similar slow start last week against Munster before pulling away in the second half.
“In the second half there weren’t any major scheme adjustments … we just played harder,” he said. “I thought Munster and East Chicago played harder than us in the first half.”
The Purdue-bound Yancey helped lead the Indians to the win, keeping them in it with two short touchdown runs in the first half before his long scamper to open the third quarter. He finished with 146 yards to go with his three touchdowns on the night.
Yancey covered the spectrum for Lake Central’s offense, playing not only running back, but also catching three passes for 60 yards and playing quarterback as well.
“David made great plays for us,” St. Germain said. “David is an excellent player. We need David to continue to be that type of player for us.”
Lake Central sophomore running back Brandon Scott also turned in a strong performance, running for 98 yards and three touchdowns in the second half.
“He’s a good player,” Yancey said. “He’s like my little brother. He has vision and speed. Brandon Scott is going to be an up and coming player for us.”
Yancey might see more time at quarterback next week, as starting quarterback Alec Olund was ejected during a scrum between the Indians and Cardinals in the third quarter.
East Chicago lineman Denzel Thurston was also ejected from the game after the brief incident.
Cardinal junior running back Martayveus Carter scored the sole touchdown for East Chicago Central on a 74-yard run in the first quarter.