Rangers fade after first strike

From Herald Staff Reports

North Posey had answers for Forest Park’s initial strike. And then some.

The Rangers pocketed the first touchdown of Friday’s face-off in Poseyville but the host Vikings poured it on from there, stacking up four touchdowns in the second quarter and blazing to a 50-10 victory. North Posey (2-4, 1-4 Pocket Athletic Conference) funneled much of its productivity into a span of 3:46 of game time late in the first half. From the 5:43 point of the second quarter to the 1:57 mark, the Vikings struck for four touchdowns — including three scores from Lance Ikenbrandt, who totaled four TDs on the night and rushed for 159 yards on 21 carries.

The Rangers (1-5, 0-4) cornered an early advantage via Josh Franchville’s 6-yard touchdown run midway through the opening period. But Forest Park scored just once more — on Dakota Begle’s 23-yard field goal in the third quarter — as the Rangers surrendered 50 or more points for the third time this season. Franchville rushed for 43 yards on 17 tries to pace the Rangers, who were bitten by turnovers (two lost fumbles, one interception) and penalties (seven for 75 yards).

The Rangers will return to Ferdinand next Friday to tangle with South Spencer (4-2, 3-2). Game time is set for 7:30 p.m., which has been moved up a half-hour from the originally scheduled time of 8.

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