Early deficit dooms Lingleville in 54-29 loss to Iredell

MARK WILSON mwilson@empiretribune.com
Lingleville quarterback Tom Vankranenburg attempts to make an Iredell defender miss Saturday.

The Lingleville Cardinals were down by three touchdowns early and fought back within 9 points in the second quarter before Iredell pulled away for a 54-29 six-man football victory Saturday night.

The Cardinals (2-3) scored their first touchdown late in the opening quarter, pulling within 22-7 when Devon Corpus flipped a 7-yard TD pass to Jacob Winter.

On their homecoming night, the Dragons (3-3) returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards to stretch its lead to 30-7.

But Jerod Hagood’s 15-yard TD pass from Tom Vankranenburg with 50 seconds left in the quarter made it 30-15.

Vankranenburg sprinted 25 yards for a TD with 4:43 left in the second quarter as the Cardinals pulled within 30-21.

Iredell was threatening to score with 2 minutes left in the half when Chase Carlson intercepted a Dragon pass. With the Dragons leading 38-21, Carlson picked off another Iredell pass at the goal line early in the third quarter to end a threat.

Iredell tacked on running TDs of 7 and 11 yards in the fourth quarter, sandwiched around Lingleville’s final score, a 3-yard TD run by Corpus.

“They got a quick start on us. Take away that first quarter and it’s a pretty good game after that,” Lingleville assistant football coach Doug Galyean said. “I’m proud of the kids, the way they kept battling.”