Center Grove Trojans
Center Grove wins 17-7 against visiting Lawrence North
MIC-sational: Trojans put lid on conference championship, finishing 7-0 and outright champions in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference for the first time since the league formed in 1997.
Turning point: With the Trojans unable to shake the pesky Wildcats for most the night, senior QB Joey Siderewicz’s 58-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter basically sealed the deal for Center Grove.
‘D’ steps up: The Trojans defense limited the Wildcats to 188 yards of total offense in 53 plays (all rushes) for a 3.5-yard average.
Next week: Center Grove hosts 12-time state champion Cathedral in the regular-season finale. A win means a 9-0 record for the first time since the 1975 Trojans accomplished this.
Greenwood Woodmen and Franklin Grizzly Cubs
Greenwood won 38-0
Turning point: Greenwood led 14-0 after first quarter and never looked back.
Off and running: Senior running back John Gallman rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns for the Woodmen.
By the numbers: Greenwood tallied 379 rushing yards and limited the Grizzly Cubs to 106.
Coach’s comment: “We had to get our season on track,” said Woodmen coach Mike Campbell, whose team snapped a two-game losing streak.
Up next: Greenwood hosts Whiteland on Friday, and Franklin travels to Decatur Central.
Lost 46-26 at Wes-Del
Telling stat: Lancers yielded 181 rushing yards and five touchdowns to running back Adam Routh.
Up next: Edinburgh hosts Southside Home School on Friday.
Won 17-7 at Plainfield
Leading conference race: Whiteland is the only unbeaten team in Mid-State Conference play at 5-0.
Critical play: Running back Brandon Patterson had a 10-yard touchdown run in fourth quarter to seal win for Warriors.
Coach’s take:“I think our defense played phenomenal,” Warriors coach Darrin Fisher said. “Our defense has been extremely physical and extremely opportunistic. I can’t say enough about our defensive staff and defensive players.”
Next game: Whiteland plays at Greenwood on Friday and can win sole possession of the conference championship with a win.
Indian Creek Braves
Won 57-8 against visiting Broad Ripple
Key stretch: Braves scored touchdowns on six of their first seven offensive possessions.
Getting defensive: Indian Creek snared four interceptions.
Coach’s comments: “We’ve dedicated ourselves to be as good as we can at the end of the season,” Braves coach Mike Gillin said. “I think right now we’re right on track for that.”
Next game: Indian Creek travels to South Decatur on Friday.
Won 30-14 at Decatur Central
Off and running: Running back Nate Fries rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns to set tone for Rebels.
Historic connection: Quarterback Robbie Strader connected with senior receiver Will Harris for an 84-yard touchdown, the longest scoring pass play in program history.
Coach’s take: “Our defense did an awesome job of containing their offense,” Roncalli coach Bruce Scifres said. “We knew with their speed we were going to have to keep them in front of us and contain them, and we did.”
Up next: Roncalli hosts East Central on Friday.