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FB 1A SECT. 37: Eastern Hancock falls 35-19 to #6 Scecina & MIFC roundup
November 3, 2012Hancock County Sports
A successful season for the Eastern Hancock Royals came to an end Friday night at the University of Indianapolis's Key Stadium as the Royals fell to the homestanding Scecina Memorial Crusaders in the sectional 37 final 35-19, ending the Royals' season at 6-6.
The Royals bobbled the opening kickoff, which gave the Crusaders favorable field position at the EH 30 to start the game, setting up a five-play drive that ended with a 10-yard run for Scecina senior running back Thomas Allgood. The Crusaders would score again to end the first quarter as as junior Sam Burck pounced on a Scecina fumble in the end zone, making the score 14-0 as the first quarter expired.
Sophomore QB Logan Splater would get the Royals on the board midway through the second on a 10-yard keeper, capping off a twelve-play drive, but Scecina would answer with their third sub-three minute drive capped by a 49-yard run by Allgood. Scecina had another potential scoring drive as the half came to a close, but the Royals' defense held them up long enough to force Luke Frain into a long FG attempt that came up short.
Speedster Spencer Gilbert, who had rushed for over 1,500 yards on the season, capped a short drive for EH with a one-yard drive to bring the Royals back to within nine at 21-12 (a trick play two-point conversion would fail as Gilbert was stuffed at the two), but Scecina would go on an extended drive that gobbled seven minutes off the clock. Allgood would end the drive with his third score, this time from nine yards out. The 28-12 score would hold until late in the fourth, when another seven-minute drive would end with juniorr Jordan Brown scoring form the one; the drive saw Brown carry the ball a dozen times and represent 81 of the drive's 86 yards.
The Royals would tack on a final score with 31 seconds remaining as Gilbert scored from 3 yards out. The Royals' strong late-season drive ends after a three-game win streak that included a signature win over Hagerstown in the sectional opener two weeks ago.
With the loss, the football careers of Royal seniors Dalton Korlowicz, Sam Novick, Jake Hicks, Mitchell Kramer and JT Marley come to a close; however, the future looks bright for the rpogram next year as much of the starting lineup returns, include sophomores Splater and WRs Derrik Noel and Cooper Henderson, and juniors including Gilbert and WR Sam Carlton.
Scecina (9-3) will travel to North Vermillion for the regional round next Friday
Class A, Sectional 37
Friday, Oct. 19
Scecina 40, Cambridge City Lincoln 13
Knightstown 74, Indiana Deaf 52
Eastern Hancock 42, Hagerstown 14
Northeastern 22, Tri 0
Friday, Oct. 26
Scecina 55, Knightstown 13
Eastern Hancock 34, Northeastern 6
Friday, Nov. 2
Scecina 35, Eastern Hancock 19
Elsewhere in the MIFC
(3A 22) Greensburg 27, Indian Creek 19: The Pirates pulled away with a strong running game in the second half to end the Braves' season at 8-4. Greensburg won its first sectional since 1989. Matt Wray threw for three TDs for Indian Creek in the loss. SEI Local Sports | Johnson County Daily Journal (subscription)
(1A 39) West Washington 24, Milan 7: The Senators scored 22 points in the final six minutes of the game to beat Milan. The game was a 7-2 contest early in the fourth quarter, before West Washington got rolling. Milan had five turnovers in the game that led to the bulk of WW's points. Scott Pennington rushed for 122 yards and Gavin Detraz threw for 68 for the Indians, who finished 8-4. West Washington won its first sectional since 1994. SEI Local Sports