Football caps Aug. 31

Center Grove Trojans/Whiteland Warriors

Center Grove beat visiting Whiteland, 37-0

Momentum shift: A scoreless first quarter eventually gave way to two touchdown runs from Trojans junior fullback Titus McCoy in the second for a 13-0 command with 2:15 remaining before halftime.

A lot of leg: Center Grove kicker Nathanael Snyder’s 53-yard field goal as time expired in the second stanza might have been good from 60. Or more. The senior also deposited the majority of his kickoffs into the end zone, forcing the Warriors to begin offensively at their own 20.

Big night for Hohlt: Trojans senior Jackson Hohlt carried the football only eight times, but he made the most of it with 125 yards and a touchdown. His final two carries covered 33 and 55 yards.

Still perfect: Center Grove quarterback Joey Siderewicz after going 8-of-8 through the air in the opener at Warren Central enjoyed 6-of-6 marksmanship in the victory against Whiteland. Siderewicz has now passed for a total of 216 yards, three scores and no interceptions this season.

Coming up: Center Grove travels to play Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference foe Carmel on Friday. Whiteland returns home Friday night to host Decatur Central in a key Mid-State Conference game.

Edinburgh Lancers

Lost to visiting North Decatur, 59-0

Key moments: North Decatur scored on all six of its first possessions.

Coach’s take: “We had a great week of practice, but we haven’t transitioned over to getting it done on Friday nights,” first-year Lancers’ coach Derrick Ball said. “When the lights come on, they get the jitters.”

Telling numbers: Edinburgh attempted only four passes; two were incomplete, two were intercepted.

Up next: Edinburgh hosts Arlington on Friday night.

Franklin Grizzly Cubs

Lost 44-13 at Shelbyville

Key stretch: Grizzly Cubs lost three fumbles in the third quarter, each of which Shelbyville converted into touchdowns.

Streak ended: Franklin’s loss was its first against Shelbyville since 2009.

Backward steps: Cubs committed 12 penalties for 80 yards.

Coaches comment: “The penalties came at a bad time,”  Franklin coach Adam Reese said.  “We got a big play, and then ended up punting. It’s frustrating walking off the field after playing the way we did.”

Hitting the road: The Class 5A Cubs play Friday at Class 6A Brownsburg.

Greenwood Woodmen/Indian Creek Braves

Greenwood beat host Indian Creek, 27-21

Momentum shifts: After trailing 20-7 in the third quarter, Indian Creek made a spirited fourth-quarter run but was ultimately stopped by Greenwood’s defense.

Greenwood’s coach’s take: “What an up-and-down, seesaw battle that was,” Mike Campbell said. “The momentum kept switching. We had them down and would shoot ourselves in the foot. Our defensive line put a lot of pressure on them. I don’t know how many hits we put on their quarterback. Our offensive and defensive lines dominated. We need to focus on how to finish games.”

Indian Creek’s coach’s take: “We’re thin up front on both sides,” Mike Gillin said. “We had five linemen, and they all had to play both ways. I don’t think Greenwood had anyone playing both ways (full time). For us to have it be a six-point game with four minutes left, that’s pretty darn good. We’ll be better next week when we get some kids back.”

Big numbers: Greenwood senior running back John Gallman carried 34 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns; Indian Creek senior quarterback Gynson Robley completed 16 of 30 attempts for 130 yards and three touchdowns.

Coming up: Greenwood travels to Mid-State Conference rival Martinsville on Friday, and Indian Creek hosts Mid-Indiana Football Conference opponent Eastern Hancock.

Roncalli Rebels

Beat visiting Franklin Central, 34-7

Getting defensive: Rebels limited Flashes to just more than 100 yards of total offense.

Praise for defensive front: “They’re not big guys, but they are fiery, play hard and play with a lot of tenacity,” Rebels coach Bruce Scifres said. “We probably do (stunt more) than other teams because we don’t match up that well compared to the size of the offensive lines we typically see, but the kids make up for it with tenacity.”

Up next: Rebels play Chatard at Lawrence Central High School.