The Lane Tech Indians walked over a smaller Amundsen High School Vikings squad Friday night at Lane Stadium, handing new football Head Coach Fred Proesel his first win.
With 48 players on their bench, Lane looked like a bigger opponent to the just 30 kids on the Amundsen bench. Amundsen Head Coach Grant Jones used underclassmen to fill his bench. The lack of endurance showed as Amundsen players went down throughout the match with heat injuries.
Lane scored first in the second quarter following an 80 yard return by Frederick Williams. That set-up a scoring opportunity on the 10 yard line. It was the only successful offensive push by Lane during the game.
After the kickoff, Amundsen was penalized with false starts and illegal procedures, placing the team on the 15 yard line. A fumble was recovered by Lane on the Amundsen first down to put the team ahead 14-0.
The two teams battled in the third quarter as the momentum swung. Lane’s size eventually won the battle.
In the fourth quarter Alexander Carranza intercepted an Amundsen pass and ran it back 75 yards to the five yard line to set-up another Lane scoring drive. Lane’s defense then forced two safeties on the Amundsen squad to end the game 24-0.
Amundsen Head Coach Grant Jones said “we didn’t execute as well as we should have. I think Lane just got it done. They were the better team.”
Proesel said heat exhaustion, which mainly affected Amundsen players, is always an issue in the first game of the season. Proesel credited Lane’s defense with the win.
Listen to Coach Grant’s after game presser
Listen to Coach Fred Proesel’s after game presser