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McCutcheon blanks Harrison, 34-0

October 20, 2012
McCutcheon High School



To congratulate their classmates on their first postseason victory in five years, McCutcheon’s student section wisely took the long away around Harrison’s Rickard Field.

Thanks to the all-weather track, the McCutcheon faithful avoided the sloppy soil on Friday night. One other Maverick did his best to do the same all night.

Nate Deno found firmer ground on the edges while rushing for 277 yards and four touchdowns as McCutcheon defeated Harrison 34-0 in a Class 5A, Sectional 34 opener.

“No one wants football to stop,” Deno said. “Records are past. Everyone’s 0-0 now. Some people won. We just have to keep moving week to week. We can’t worry about anything else.”

The Mavericks (2-8) broke a five-game postseason losing streak dating back to a 32-22 victory over Anderson Highland in 2007. McCutcheon will travel to Noblesville, where it suffered a 21-14 loss on Sept. 14, for next week’s semifinals.

“Winning this means everything,” McCutcheon junior linebacker Caleb Harper said. “The rivalry for one, and just coming out in sectionals and beating them 34-0 — it pretty much feels amazing to me.”

Much like the teams’ first meeting, Harrison was still in the game to start the second half, trailing 7-0. But the Raiders netted minus-15 yards and, just like in the 40-6 loss to McCutcheon on Sept. 8, did not achieve a first down after halftime.

With its second straight 0-10 season, Harrison’s losing streak extended to 27 games.

“You could blame it on the mud; you could really blame it on anything,” said Harrison linebacker Mitchell Kotterman, one of 16 seniors who played their final game. “But what it came down to really was who came to play. McCutcheon did; they had a great game, and we wish them the best in sectionals.”

Deno scored from 36 yards out on the game’s third play from scrimmage. He added touchdown runs of 1 and 18 yards in the third quarter, and a 4-yard run in the fourth put the Mavericks up 27-0.

A slick, mucky pit extended nearly the length of the field between the hashes. So Deno, with fullback Lane Beeler often leading the way, headed for greener grass on the outside.

“We had to run to the boundary,” said Deno, who rushed for 238 yards against the Raiders earlier this season. “You can’t run through this; we knew that. You saw a couple of times me and (Lane) Beeler were just slipping — we didn’t even get touched. We knew we had to run to the short side of the field, because you can’t run much faster in just straight mud.”

Harrison enjoyed some success passing the ball early, when it could throw on early downs or with short yardage. Facing poor down-and-distance situations late in the game, quarterback Jake Lasky was sacked five times, and his final seven pass attempts were incomplete.

“It’s really hard to be at third-and-long,” Harrison coach Tony Martin said. “That allows the secondary to play loose, and they can bring a little more pressure.”To congratulate their classmates on their first postseason victory in five years, McCutcheon’s student section wisely took the long away around Harrison’s Rickard Field.

Thanks to the all-weather track, the McCutcheon faithful avoided the sloppy soil on Friday night. One other Maverick did his best to do the same all night.

Nate Deno found firmer ground on the edges while rushing for 277 yards and four touchdowns as McCutcheon defeated Harrison 34-0 in a Class 5A, Sectional 34 opener.

“No one wants football to stop,” Deno said. “Records are past. Everyone’s 0-0 now. Some people won. We just have to keep moving week to week. We can’t worry about anything else.”

The Mavericks (2-8) broke a five-game postseason losing streak dating back to a 32-22 victory over Anderson Highland in 2007. McCutcheon will travel to Noblesville, where it suffered a 21-14 loss on Sept. 14, for next week’s semifinals.

“Winning this means everything,” McCutcheon junior linebacker Caleb Harper said. “The rivalry for one, and just coming out in sectionals and beating them 34-0 — it pretty much feels amazing to me.”

Much like the teams’ first meeting, Harrison was still in the game to start the second half, trailing 7-0. But the Raiders netted minus-15 yards and, just like in the 40-6 loss to McCutcheon on Sept. 8, did not achieve a first down after halftime.

With its second straight 0-10 season, Harrison’s losing streak extended to 27 games.

“You could blame it on the mud; you could really blame it on anything,” said Harrison linebacker Mitchell Kotterman, one of 16 seniors who played their final game. “But what it came down to really was who came to play. McCutcheon did; they had a great game, and we wish them the best in sectionals.”

Deno scored from 36 yards out on the game’s third play from scrimmage. He added touchdown runs of 1 and 18 yards in the third quarter, and a 4-yard run in the fourth put the Mavericks up 27-0.

A slick, mucky pit extended nearly the length of the field between the hashes. So Deno, with fullback Lane Beeler often leading the way, headed for greener grass on the outside.

“We had to run to the boundary,” said Deno, who rushed for 238 yards against the Raiders earlier this season. “You can’t run through this; we knew that. You saw a couple of times me and (Lane) Beeler were just slipping — we didn’t even get touched. We knew we had to run to the short side of the field, because you can’t run much faster in just straight mud.”

Harrison enjoyed some success passing the ball early, when it could throw on early downs or with short yardage. Facing poor down-and-distance situations late in the game, quarterback Jake Lasky was sacked five times, and his final seven pass attempts were incomplete.

“It’s really hard to be at third-and-long,” Harrison coach Tony Martin said. “That allows the secondary to play loose, and they can bring a little more pressure.”


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