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October 19, 2013

Falcons finish up strong regular season push

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“Our youth program is great,” Woodard said. “We’re the first group to go through it. It just shows that the youth program was great in teaching us through high school.”

Aside from last week’s 42-35 win over Fountain Central, the Falcons’ first team defense has given up only seven points, and showed its dominance once again when it held a 48-0 advantage over Seeger at halftime of Friday’s game.

On North Vermillion’s first offensive play, Jacob Earl ran 60 yards for his first of four touchdowns. His second came on the Falcons’ next possession on a 43-yard run. Woodard followed it up with a 50-yard touchdown run before connecting on back-to-back possessions with Braedon Hollowell for a pair of scores.

By halftime, Earl had run for 201 yards on nine carries. Woodard threw for 82 yards, passing the 1,000-yard mark for the season, and the Patriots were held to 60 yards of total offense.

North Vermillion senior Ethan Kunkle led the Falcons’ defense with 7.5 tackles while Lucas Clark had 4.5, both in limited playing time.

“All the preparation we have done has come to this,” Kunkle said. “It feels great. It feels great just to have everybody come together and do our jobs and win.”

The dominant win marked the sixth shutout this season by North Vermillion’s first team defense, and served as one final tune-up before next week’s first round sectional game against Rockville.

North Vermillion defeated Rockville 39-0 on October 4, but is anticipating a much different game next Friday.

First, they will briefly celebrate and reflect on all they have accomplished during the last two seasons.

“I’ll always remember this for the rest of my life,” Kunkle said. “It will never be forgotten. You’ll always remember these memories.”

Kickoff for Friday’s first round sectional game in Cayuga is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.

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