Football: Triple-threat David Yancey leads Lake Central
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent August 24, 2012 11:46PM
Updated: September 26, 2012 6:11AM
EAST CHICAGO — Lake Central senior David Yancey put his talents on display in Friday night’s 49-6 win over East Chicago at Pete Rucinski Field.
Yancey caught a pair of passes (49 and 13 yards), rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns, and even played quarterback in the second half when starter Alec Olund was ejected with 1:59 left in the third quarter.
The Purdue-bound player was just glad to do his part, he said.
“I like playing all three positions. I just like the game of football and I have to prepared for things like that,” he said. “I rep a lot at wide receiver, running back and quarterback in practice.”
Yancey scored the team’s first touchdown from 4 yards out to highlight a 12-play, 75-play drive with 1:14 left in the first quarter.
But the Cardinals (1-1) came right back two plays later when junior Martayveus Carter went 74 yards with 14 seconds left in the first quarter to get his team on the scoreboard.
“Martayveus Carter is a really good football player,” Yancey said. “He’s fast and he’s hard to stop. EC is really good and really improved and we saw they weren’t holding back any punches so we had to come back and hit harder.”
That turned out to be true on the scoreboard as East Chicago failed to score a single point after the first quarter. Instead, they had three lost fumbles and two interceptions, completely killing any momentum from the team’s strong defensive performance in the first half.
Yancey took advantage of the Cardinals’ second first-half fumble by bulldozing ahead 3 yards on a quarterback keeper to put his team ahead, 14-6 with less than two minutes before halftime.
The second half was a different story as Lake Central (2-0) outscored East Chicago 35-0.
Lake Central sophomore Brandon Scott had a breakout performance for the Indians rushing 11 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns.
He might be asked to carry the load more next week too if LC coach Brett St. Germain can’t keep his QB from being suspended the next game. He and Austin Todd were ejected from Friday’s game, while Carter and Denzel Thurston were ejected for East Chicago.
The four players were tossed after altercations on the football field with 1:59 left in the third quarter.
But the game was over by then.
The Cardinals produced just 14 second-half yards after rushing for 128 yards in the first half. Carter finished with seven carries for 133 yards and a touchdown.