Moran decided not to let Robert VanKranenburg and his slew of receivers beat them through the air Friday night, so instead the senior spread back did it with his feet.
VanKranenburg rushed for 225 yards with touchdown runs of 55, 15, 20 and 40 yards, and also returned a kickoff 65 yards for a fifth score as Lingleville rolled to a 58-12 victory. The mercy rule was invoked early in the third quarter.
"Robert made good reads last night. The read was, 'Hey, they're loading up on us pass-wise,'" said first-year Lingleville head coach Darrell Wallace. "That's the beauty of this offense, is that it takes what the defense gives you. Last week, Rising Star didn't want Robert to run, so he passed for more than 200 yards. This week, Moran was so intent on stopping the pass that sometimes they would have their backs to Robert trying to keep up with the receivers and they never saw him coming until he was running by them."
Tucker Click also had a monster outing, especially on the defensive side with 18 tackles. He scored on a 45-yard kickoff return and threw a 35-yard TD pass to VanKranenburg that gave the spread back six total scores.
Tim Griffen rounded out the Cardinals' scoring plays with a 35-yard run, and Colby Stoker made three of four extra points.
Three players - Griffen and brothers Robert and Bart VanKranenburg - had seven tackles each on defense.
"My assistant coach (Kade Eckert) is doing a great job with our defense and just a great job overall," Wallace said. "He's such a positive influence on these guys and is just as responsible for our success as I am."
Lingleville is scheduled to host Sidney next Friday, but due to a rash of injuries, Sidney may not make the trip. Wallace said he would work to replace the game with another opponent if that were the case. No official decision is expected until at least Monday.