Nine seconds is all it took to set the tone of Friday night’s Class 5A sectional championship game at Center Grove. Double it, and that might be how long Drew Wozniak felt the football was suspended in midair.
Columbus North opted for some trickery at the outset, an onside kick that bounced once before being plucked from the chilly night air by Wozniak, a Trojans’ junior whose 51-yard return for a touchdown gave the hosts immediate momentum in what evolved into a 42-7 romp.
“We teach our kids to keep your eye on the ball and to be an athlete. Drew did a good job of keeping his feet active and ran it down there,” said 14th-year Trojans coach Eric Moore following what is the eighth sectional title in school history and seventh since Moore took over.
Next up for Class 5A’s sixth-ranked squad (11-1) is a regional date at home next week against No. 3 Castle (12-0), which defeated Jeffersonville on Friday night.