BY GREG FLINT
---- — ATTICA, Ind. — Big plays were the difference when Attica hosted Covington in sectional football action. The Ramblers got most of the big plays to go their way as they won 54-0.
Early in the game, both teams played well. Attica drove from their own 20 to the Covington 33, but a flag backed them up and forced a punt.
It was a good one by Carson Davis as Lance Whorrall caught it on the Covington six-yard line.
The Trojans showed they had come to play on their first snap. Quarterback Halen Noble faded back into the end zone from where he threw a long pass down the right sideline that went slightly beyond the receiver.
“We worked on that play all week,” said Travis Brown, the Covington head coach. “We were going to use it no matter where we were on the field.”
Attica got its first two big plays on the next drive - a 20-yard and a 16-yard run by Lance Whorrall, the latter to give Attica a 6-0 lead.
Covington got the ball back and started a good drive primarily using the legs of Gage Hegg. They moved into Attica territory, but Carson Davis picked off an errant pass to end the threat.
Two plays later, the Trojans got the ball back when Quentin Andrews also garnered an interception.
That would have ended the first quarter except there was a penalty, so the teams played an extra untimed down. It resulted in a Covington fumble that gave the ball back to Attica.
On the ensuing snap, Attica quarterback Brady Sheridan ran 60 yards for a touchdown.
Covington went to the air at that point, but Whorrall picked off a pass and the Ramblers had a short field to work with. They took advantage when Sheridan threw to Davis for a 41-yard score. The extra point was wide but the hosts were up 19-0 with less than three minutes gone in the second quarter.
“I thought we were okay being down only 7-0 after a quarter,” said Brown, “but then they got a few big plays and it got away from us.”
Attica added another score late in the half on a 57-yard throw from Sheridan to Whorrall to lead 25-0 at intermission.
After the break, Covington could not move the ball and punted. Attica drove deep into Trojan territory but a sequence of penalties moved them back to the 30 facing a 4th-and 27.
Sheridan passed to Davis who ran down the right sideline and pulled in the ball with a diving catch at the two for a first down. Whorrall scored on the next play. Sheridan ran for the two points and it was 33-0.
“I thought we played okay tonight,” said Attica coach Ryan Good, “but we had way too many penalties. We've got to get rid of those.”
Later in the period, Sheridan ran for a 48-yard score and, on the first play of the fourth quarter, he threw to Davis for another to go up 47-0.
With eight minutes left in the game, Sheridan again hit Davis, this time for 79 yards and the final touchdown of the game. Davis kicked the extra point to make the score 54-0.
At that point, both teams put in their subs and ran the clock down and out.
“We didn't come out very polished in the first half,” said Good of his team, “but I thought we played much better in the second half.”
“I thought our defense played well, especially our backers — they really kept us in the game.”
Brown spoke about how his team had improved from when they faced Attica in week seven.
“We looked a lot better,” he said. “Our effort was good all night and we had some good drives where we moved the ball. We just couldn't get the big plays they did.”
Brown said he was particularly pleased with the defensive effort, noting that his team did well for the most part but did give up big plays.
He then looked at next season, saying, “We were a very young team this year, but we got a lot of experience. We're looking to bring those guys back and build on what we learned this year.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org