Trojans have shined when tourney time rolls around




It’s Trojan time.

Pick your reason — a tough schedule, playoff experience, fundamental execution, a confounding offensive scheme.

Whatever the impetus, the results on the football field are clear.

When the bright lights of November shine, nobody is as successful during the past five years as Class 5A Center Grove.

As the Trojans host Lawrence Central in a semistate game that looks to be a toss-up, there is one thing unquestionably on the side of the home team: history.

Simply put, when hardware is on the line, coach Eric Moore’s team delivers.

During the past five seasons, Center Grove has won 18 of its 21 playoff games, an astounding 86 percent. The mark is even better (15-1) against teams from outside the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (the only loss to Columbus East in 2010).

By comparison, Carmel is 16-5 (76 percent).

Indeed, the Trojans have a better winning record in the postseason than in the regular season (34-11, 76 percent) over that time frame. All of those regular-season losses came against MIC teams. Roncalli is the last non-MIC team to defeat Center Grove (2005).

Of course, you can throw those records out the window tonight, when all that matters is what happens on the field.

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