Football pullout Sept. 14

Center Grove Trojans

Center Grove beats visiting Ben Davis, 31-19

Early Momentum: The Trojans jumped on the defending Class 6A state champions early, holding a 14-0 lead within the opening four minutes. Titus McCoy’s 42-yard TD run followed by Jovan Swann’s score off a blocked Giants’ punt.

Run Stoppers: Center Grove’s defense stuffed the Giants’ running game, limiting it to 39 yards rushing on 30 carries.

Great Indoors: The Trojans’ next game is Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis against 0-4 North Central. The 6 p.m. start is the first game of a doubleheader with Westfield playing Hamilton Southeastern in the nightcap.

Whiteland Warriors at Franklin Grizzly Cubs

Whiteland won, 48-20

Turning point: Clinging to a 20-14 lead with 6:37 to play in the third quarter, the Warriors exploded for 28 points in the final quarter-and-a-half to secure the Mid-State Conference win.

Ground attack: Whiteland amassed 401 rushing yards, including 217 in the second half.

Player’s take: “We changed up some assignments and concentrated on our keys more,” Whiteland senior offensive lineman Jake Sayer said. “I would have been happier if we came out fast, but I’m happy with how we competed in the second half.”

Coach’s take: “I’m never going to be happy when the final score ends up the way it did, but I thought they competed well because it mattered into the fourth quarter,” Franklin coach Adam Reese said.

Up next: Whiteland travels to Avon, and Franklin travels to Martinsville on Friday.

Greenwood Woodmen

Won, 23-7, against Mooresville

Conference race: With the victory, the Woodmen improve to 2-0 in the Mid-State Conference

Off and running: Senior running back John Gallman rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and intercepted a pass that helped seal the win.

Coach’s take: “I thought our defense was outstanding,” Greenwood coach Mike Campbell said. “The defensive staff put together a great plan, and the kids executed. They had a few drives, but we never gave up the home run play.”

Up next: Greenwood travels to conference rival Plainfield on Friday.

Edinburgh Lancers

Lost, 55-0, at South Decatur

Turning point: Lancers fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and never gained traction.

Telling numbers: South Decatur had 328 rushing yards compared to minus 32 for Edinburgh.

Next game: Edinburgh hosts Switzerland County on Friday night.

Indian Creek Braves

Lost, 52-21, at Clinton-Massie (Ohio)

Turning point: After scoring on an 83-yard touchdown pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage, the Braves gave up four unanswered touchdowns and trailed 52-14 at halftime.

Silver lining: Braves’ senior quarterback Gynson Robley threw for 290 yards, including touchdown strikes of 83 and 27 yards to wide receiver Bryce Hogue.

Coach’s comments: “They are very good, but I hated to see us do some things where we had practiced something all week and then it broke down on the field,” Braves’ coach Mike Gillin said. “We made them keep their starters in the whole time and our kids played hard and put some points on the board, so there’s no reason to think we can’t bounce back next week.”

Next game: Indian Creek travels to Brown County on Friday night.

Roncalli Rebels

Lost, 21-17, against visiting Plainfield.

Turning point: Rebels led 17-14 after three quarters, but were hurt by big plays and penalties down the stretch.

Coach’s comment: “We didn’t move the ball in the second half, and we couldn’t stop them,” Rebels coach Bruce Scifres said.

Up next: Roncalli plays Scecina on Friday night at Tech High School in Indianapolis.