Robert VanKranenburg picked the right night to have the best game of his life.
With standout running back Addison Hunter out with an illness, VanKranenburg more than picked up the slack when Lingleville visited Mineral Wells Community Christian Friday.
And that may be the biggest understatement of the 2011 football season.
VanKranenburg accounted for an astounding 11 touchdowns, lifting Lingleville to an 86-39 victory and a 5-4 record, marking the first time the program has had a winning mark since being re-established last fall.
VanKranenburg, a sophomore quarterback and defensive back, passed for six touchdowns and rushed for three on offense. He returned a kickoff for a score on special teams. Then he did what does best - pick off passes. He intercepted two, running one back for another score.
The signal caller was 13-18 passing for 252 yards, which head coach Justin Del Bosque labeled "by far his best game throwing the ball, ever."
He also rushed 17 times for 197 yards, giving him a hand in 449 yards of offense. Add 95 kick return yards and that's 544 in the all-purpose category, though Del Bosque agreed it was well over 600 with interception returns.
Lingleville was clinging to a 36-32 lead at halftime, but the second half might as well have been dubbed the VanKranenburg show.
"They were tough, they jumped out on us and it was all we could do just to have a lead at halftime," said Del Bosque, whose club won for the fifth time in seven weeks after an 0-2 start. "Robert was just lights out in the second half."
He even made the intelligent plays, such as swatting a ball down on fourth down rather than pick it off in a crowd, a move Del Bosque says saved his team 20 yards of field position.
"He's smart, and he's learning more about the game all the time," said Del Bosque.
The game ended with some special dramatics as Lingleville senior Nery Suarez - a Mineral Wells native - intercepted a pass and returned for a TD to invoke six-man's 45-point mercy rule.
Suarez also played a major role offensively with four receptions for 102 yards and three TDs, giving him four total scores.
"With Addison out we had to move Chris (Carter, a running back) to tight end," said Del Bosque. "So Robert and Nery rotated between quarterback and running back. A lot of our offense was either Robert giving it to Nery or (vice versa)."
Marcus Delacruz scored a pair of TDs on three receptions for 34 yards and Carter scored on his only reception. Tucker Click added 77 yards on three grabs.
VanKranenburg also led the team in tackles with 10, while Click had eight.
"Tucker filled in for Addison at middle linebacker and did a great job," said Del Bosque. "He's also been doing a good job filling in at fullback.
"This was a great win, a lot of guys stepped up and contributed," he added. "Robert was unbelievable and a lot of other guys helped."
The Cardinals take aim at a winning season and the chance to send their seniors out with a 10-9 mark for their careers when they visit Granbury Cornerstone Christian Academy at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.