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Football: LC beats Valpo, but David Yancey injured

Updated: November 14, 2012 3:12PM



ST. JOHN — Lake Central closed the regular season with a 35-21 win against Valparaiso on Friday night, but the result was clouded by an injury to senior star David Yancey.

The Purdue recruit appeared to hurt his left leg on a carry with 9:31 left in the game, and did not return. While on the ground, he almost immediately took off his helmet. He was helped off the field, putting little, if any, weight on the leg.

Yancey gave the thumbs-up sign as he sat on the bench. But after the game, he was carted away, with ice on, or just below, his left knee.

“He says he’s OK, but I really don’t know,” Indians coach Brett St. Germain said.

Yancey, who played quarterback for most of the game, still rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, also throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Riley Arvanitis rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

“Riley, because we have David, Riley hasn’t gotten a lot of touches,” St. Germain said. “He’s one of those kids we have to get the ball to more, and that’s on me. We came into tonight thinking we would feature him more.”

Arvanitis racked up 66 of his yards on nine carries in the third quarter, after he had just 16 on seven in the first half.

“I was more patient with my runs,” he said. “In the first half, I was just rushing it. In the second half, I was patient, letting my guys do what they do, letting them make their blocks.”

Lake Central (7-2, 5-2 Duneland Conference) bounced back after last week’s loss to Merrillville.

“I’m proud of them, because I was pretty hard on them throughout the week in practice,” St. Germain said. “They hung their heads a little, so it was good to see them respond.”

A flurry of scoring highlighted the start of the second half. Valparaiso (3-6, 3-4) opened the third quarter with a 44-yard touchdown run by Andrew Kittridge, who finished with 90 yards on 11 carries, to tie the score at 14-14 with 9:00 left. Just 1:06 later, Lake Central answered with Yancey’s 39-yard touchdown run. Stephen Simms then returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a TD to tie the score at 21-21.

And Arvanitis scored a 1-yard touchdown with 2:43 left in the third to give the Indians a 28-21 lead, one they would not relinquish.

With Yancey on the sideline, Arvanitis put the finishing touches on the LC win with a 2-yard touchdown with 1:33 left in the game.

“Everybody just came together,” Arvanitis said. “Senior night, I’ll remember this the rest of my life.”

Lake Central had snapped a 7-7 tie with a touchdown late in the first half. After forcing a Vikings punt, the Indians took the lead on Yancey’s 6-yard run with 32.9 seconds left.

Lake Central scored on the game’s first possession, with Yancey running 5 yards. Valparaiso tied the score when Brody Crossin intercepted a Yancey pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown with 11:14 left in the half.



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