Center Grove lineman lives dream with scoring dash


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Center Grove defensive back Joshua Piper, left, tackles Columbus North running back Jesse Tompkins during Friday's Class 5A sectional championship game at Center Grove. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON


Center Grove defensive end Dillon Dallas, right, sacks Columbus North quarterback Michael Vogel during the first half of Friday's Class 5A sectional championship game at Center Grove. The Trojans will host Castle in a regional game at 8 p.m. Friday. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON


Nathan Krohne and his teammates along Center Grove’s offensive line have opened up impressive holes for wingback Conner Stapleton and the Trojans’ high-powered running game all season.

Stapleton finally got a chance to return the favor.

Krohne, a 6-3, 230-pound guard, scooped up a fumble deep in Center Grove territory in the closing minutes of a 42-7 sectional win over Columbus North on Friday night and knew just what to do with it. The senior caught the ball on a bounce, broke a tackle and took off down the left hash in a footrace that seemed part dash and part marathon.

The crowd rose to its feet — at least those few who had not already been standing all game — as Krohne lumbered into the clear.

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