ELNORA — North Daviess honored its seniors prior to Friday's game against Springs Valley and then Colton Lengacher had his own personal celebration at the expense of the Blackhawk defense.
North Daviess (7-2) defeated Springs Valley (1-8) 67-24 behind 283 rush yards and seven touchdowns from Lengacher and three touchdown passes from Sam Chapin on Senior Night at Cougar Valley.
The Cougar offense took their opening drive 80 yards in nine plays for a touchdown and some history. Lengacher scored on a 25-yard scamper to become the school’s all-time leading rusher.
The North Daviess defense forced a three-and-out on Springs Valley’s first offensive possession and blocked the Blackhawks first punt of the night – Jordan Allen returned the loose ball to the 1-yard-line. Lengacher did the rest on a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Cougars up 14-0. On the first play of the next drive for Springs Valley, Hector Walker fumbled and the North Daviess defense recovered at the 40-yard-line.
North Daviess went 60 yards on seven plays, which was capped by Chapin's first touchdown of the night — 20 yards to junior Doug Bays. Springs Valley finally drove the ball into North Daviess territory, but quarterback Isaac Brown was intercepted by senior Alex Wittmer at the 5-yard-line. Chapin threw his second touchdown on the night from 16 yards out to senior Brady Helms to put the Cougars up 27-0 and cap the 95-yard drive. North Daviess coach Scotty Helms said getting the passing game going was a point of emphasis.
"To have continued success in the postseason we have to be able to get teams spread out and get into our passing game early and open up some running lanes," Helms said. "Tonight it certainly opened up some lanes for Colton Lengacher and our other backs. That's one facet of the game and that's something Sam Chapin brings to our team that we're really going to benefit from next week and hopefully weeks to come."
After an Alex Wittmer 49-yard punt return, Lengacher was in position to score another touchdown — from four yards out. Chapin put the Cougars up 40-2 at halftime with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Helms. Unfortunately for the Blackhawk defense, Lengacher was just getting started. The senior blistered through the Springs Valley defense for four more touchdowns in the second half, including a 61-yarder straight through the middle of the Springs Valley defense. While he was at it he set the Cougars single season record for rush yards in a season with 2,284 yards, a record that was previously set by Ryan Webster in 2009.
"It was important to try to get the record in the regular season so we could focus on the postseason," Helms said. "It's something that I wouldn't have expected four years ago, because I really thought Ryan Webster's records would never be broken. When you look at Ryan and Colton have both compiled so many times was without a fourth quarter carry because the scores were lopsided. It's special that it all came together on Senior Night."
The 67 points was the largest offensive output of the season for the Cougars and the win snapped a three-game losing streak to Springs Valley. The 43-point victory gave the Cougars a chance to get a real look at their first sectional foe. The Blackhawks will come back to Cougar Valley Friday for the first round sectional game.