New London downs Danville
NEW LONDON — Tyler Shinkle rushed for more than 200 yards, helping the New London football team to score in each quarter on its way to a 32-30 homecoming victory over Danville on Friday.
A consistent New London offense scored on a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion in each quarter on Friday.
Carrying the offense was Shinkle, who scored two of those touchdowns. He rushed for 27 yards into the end zone in the first quarter and carried 52 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. He also scored on a pair of two-point conversions, both on the ground in the second half.
“He was just determined that they weren’t going to get him down,” Coach Brad Helmerson said. “He ran hard, made good cuts and made good choices. It was just big run after big run.”
Shinkle, who is playing his first year of football at any level, racked up 204 net yards rushing in 14 carries on the night, averaging 14.6 yards per carry.
He had help from the offensive line: “Both our offensive and defensive lines really controlled the line of scrimmage,” Helmerson said. “We had the ball for almost 32 minutes, and we pretty well shut down their running game.”
Also helping the Tigers’ running game was Matayo Christianer, who rushed for 57 yards on six carries (9.5 yards/carry) and had a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Quincy Porter scored the Tigers’ final touchdown on a 3-yard carry in the fourth quarter. Porter finished with 90 net yards in 20 rushing attempts (4.5 yards/carry).
Porter also carried for a two-point conversion in the second quarter and Austin McBeth ran for a two-point conversion in the first quarter.
“The two-point conversion ratio is not usually very good for us,” Helmerson said. But each of those extra points proved crucial for the Tigers on Friday.
The New London defense held Danville scoreless through the first half of the homecoming game, but the Tigers allowed eight points in the third quarter and 22 in the final 12 minutes.
Danville attempted four on-side kicks, starting after their third-quarter touchdown, and was able to recover two of them.
“We haven’t had a lot of practice with on-side kicks,” Helmerson said.
New London was also missing a key part of its defense in the fourth quarter, as Jayden Flowers was sidelined with an injury.
But the Bears were facing too big a deficit, and New London was able to run out the clock in the last minute of the game for a win.
The Tigers are now 2-4 on the season and 1-3 in the district, netting their first district win since the 2010 season.
They will play at Lisbon on Friday.