It was a throwback Friday for Greenwood High School sophomore running back Brandon Rosado.
“It was going back to the old days in third grade when I was getting many touchdowns because my 0-line was blocking the right kids,” Rosado said. “Then coming back here (Friday) and doing the same thing. It was an amazing feeling.”
Rosado scored five touchdowns to power Greenwood to a 42-25 victory against host Beech Grove in a Class 4A sectional opener. The Woodmen (7-3) will now play at Class 4A No. 2 Northview (10-0) in the sectional semifinals.
For Rosado, the last time he remembers scoring five TDs was third grade. He scored on runs of 28, 10, 14, 12 and 27 en route to 190 yards on 20 carries.
“The key was filling the holes and our O-line was blocking the right guys, pushing them down the field,” Rosado said. “We were staying on our blocks and reading the keys right.”
Rosado is listed as just 5-foot-4 and 150 pounds.
“We call him Stumpy because he looks like a tree stump out there,” Greenwood coach Mike Campbell said. “He’s just a neat kid to be around. John Gallman had some really nice runs. John loves being on grass. We were expecting a big game from him, and he delivered that.”
Gallman rushed for 296 yards on 33 carries, including one TD.
“We knew with their offense we needed to sustain some momentum, be physical up front and really try to pound the football,” Campbell said. “I’m really excited with how we pounded the ball. Both backs ran well and secured the ball. We’re not afraid to give the ball to either guy.
“The nice thing is they’re both selfless and block for each other. That makes it a lot of fun.”
“We’re both getting better every week,” he said. “We don’t care who gets the ball. As long as we’re winning, it doesn’t matter.”
Campbell said Beech Grove (6-4) used a lot of blitzes and stunts, but his coaches kept making adjustments.
On the first possession, Greenwood quarterback Seth Gallman was intercepted at the Beech Grove 3 on fourth down. The Hornets went 97 yards, including picking up a gutsy fourth down-and-1 from their own 12. Hornets junior quarterback Chase Andries scored on a 3-yard touchdown run.
The Woodmen followed with 21 unanswered points, starting with Gallman’s 5-yard TD run as time ran out in the first quarter.
Rosado followed with TD runs of 28 and 10 yards to give the Woodmen a 21-7 halftime lead.
Beech Grove would cut it to 21-13 on a 53-yard TD passes from Andries to Walter Ballinger. The conversion failed and the Woodmen took control by scoring the next two TDs.
Campbell said his defense played well against Beech Grove’s efficient passing attack.
Woodmen senior defensive back Jackson Daugherty had two interceptions and Noah Compton had another interception.
“The defense made plays when they needed to make plays,” Campbell said. “It’s hard to stop a team with a kid (Andries) that is that elusive. We’re going to continue to work against guys that are great athletes.”