North Vermillion led Rockville 15-0 at halftime, but it began to pull away midway through the third quarter when a crucial turnover that by the Rox kept Rockville out of the end zone and led to North Vermillion’s third touchdown of the game.
The Rox burned up nearly five minutes of the third quarter on a drive that had the potential to get them back in the game. But the Falcon’s defense toughened up.
Rockville had three attempts from inside the five yard line — once, just inches from the goal line — to push the ball into the end zone. But the Falcons’ defense stripped the ball from the hands of running back Ben Cunningham. North Vermillion’s Ethan Lee recovered the fumble, and it took only two plays to put the Falcons up 22-0.
Quarterback Brayden Woodard ran for 16 yards, and then following a false start penalty, Jacob Earl ran 86 yards virtually untouched for his second touchdown of the game.
“We started kind of slow, but we came back in the second half firing,” Woodard said. “It was a great game. It was our toughest competition yet.”
Earl ran for 120 yards on 10 carries while Woodard finished with 135 yards rushing and 109 passing. Woodard found the end zone twice, once on a two-yard run, and another on a 39-yard run.
Woodard’s first touchdown came just moments after Earl, on defense, stripped the ball out of the hands of Cunningham. On the first play of North Vermillion’s drive, Woodard connected with Ethan Lee for a 44-yard completion. Lee, who finished with 76 receiving yards, also ran for 76 yards and one touchdown.
The win marked the fifth shutout this season for the Falcons’ defense which has given up only seven points as a first-team unit this season.
“It gives us a big confidence boost if we stop them, but if they’re moving the ball on us, we just have to move them and push them back,” said Kunkle, who had a team-high 11 tackles. Jumps finished with eight tackles, and Lucas Clark and Lee each had 5.5.