VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — The first two possessions, one by Seeger and one by Fountain Central, set the tone for the game as the host Mustangs won by the score of 56-13.
Seeger opened with the ball on their own 20 and, on the second play from scrimmage, saw Cole Blessing go down with an injury. After an incompletion, the Patriots punted, giving the ball to the Mustangs on the visitors’ 44.
As Fountain Central broke the huddle, the Seeger coaches called out to their team to beware of a particular pass play.
The coaches got it right, but the Patriot players did not. The Mustangs completed a pass from Koby Pierce to Ethan Woodrow for a gain of 16 yards. On the next play, Pierce threw to Jared Fishero — who broke free for 28 yards and a touchdown.
So it would go for much of the first half. Seeger would be backed up, starting inside their own 20 for most of their possessions while Fountain Central played on a short field and threw the ball at will.
To make things worse for the visitors, the Patriots lost another player to injury — Aidan Hoskins — in the second quarter.
Seeger head coach Tom Cook said he is afraid it is likely that both Blessing and Hoskins will be out for the rest of the year.
With their team having to adjust to the missing players, the Patriot coaches were kept busy trying to get players into their proper positions. They had no real chance of doing much more than going with basic plays.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs seemed able to execute just about anything they wanted to try.
“We practiced great last week and tonight we came out and played very crisply,” said Fountain Central coach Brian Moore. “I don’t know a better way to say it than ‘crisply’. Our offense got quick strikes.”
The first five times the Mustangs got the ball, they scored a touchdown while the first five times the Patriots had it, they went three-and-out.
With nine seconds gone in the second quarter, Fountain Central had a shutout going at 35-0.
“Yeah, our defense was pretty good, too,” said Moore. “They only got one first down on our varsity, but we still have things to work on.”
That first down did not come until midway through the second quarter after the Mustangs had upped their lead to 42-0.
Terron Wade got things going for Seeger with a kickoff return out to the 47. Trevor Bowlus carried three times and the last carry picked up a first down.
Despite finally getting the ball moving, the Patriots were unable to score on that possession and punted into the end zone.
Having the ball deep in their own end did not seem to bother Fountain Central, who pitched to running back Collin Strange on the first play of the possession.
The junior raced 80 yards for a touchdown that, with an extra point by Christian Viveros, made it 49-0 at halftime.
After the break, Fountain Central went on an 18-play, 11-minute drive using some JV players to take a 56-0 lead.
Seeger got on the board after that with a six-minute drive of their own, capped off by a 48-yard touchdown run by Bowlus.
The Patriots would add another score by their JV in the last minute of the game.
“There’s not much to say that’s positive,” said Cook. “Well, maybe about how the JV bounced back, but that’s about it.”
He spoke of the future, saying, “You look toward the end of the season and sectional, but we’re not resilient enough right now. And with these guys maybe out for the season, too, I just don’t know.”
His counterpart, Moore, summed up the night by saying, “Other than a couple of plays on our last series that weren’t perfect, I think we played about as perfect a first half as you can play.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at email@example.com
Wabash River Conference Glance All times Eastern Conf. Overall Team W L W L Fountain Central 5 0 6 0 Rockville 4 0 5 1 North Vermillion 4 0 6 0 Attica 2 3 3 3 Seeger 2 3 2 4 Turkey Run 1 3 1 5 Covington 0 4 0 6 Riverton Parke 0 5 1 5 Friday, Sept. 27 games North Vermillion 52, Attica 16 Turkey Run 26, Riverton Parke 8 Fountain Central 56, Seeger 13 Rockville 43, South Vermillion 7 Indiana Deaf 21, Covington 14 Friday, Oct. 4 games Covington at Attica, 7 p.m. Fountain Central at Benton Central, 7 p.m. Riverton Parke at North Central (Farmersburg), 7 p.m. Rockville at North Vermillion, 7 p.m. Turkey Run at Seeger, 7 p.m.