Moore saw his already stifling defense take another step toward dominance following the Mustangs’ loss to North Vermillion during the regular season.
“We definitely come out butting heads now,” Fountain Central senior running back and linebacker Daniel Harrison said. “Before the North Vermillion (game), we were pretty high up there. We thought we were really good. Every game, we kept falling and falling with how physical we were. Then after that, we just (picked it up).”
And on Friday against Attica (8-4), Fountain Central showed just how focused it was by holding senior quarterback Brady Sheridan and the Red Ramblers to negative-two yards of total offense in the first half.
“We just played really well defensively,” Moore said. “I think we got them out of their rhythm. We covered them very well. Defensively, we played really well in the first half. That whole time, we only had one miscue when they scored on us. In all honesty, we just flew around and took away their running game early. They were throwing and we covered very well. They struggled throwing, and we just got three-and-outs, and they didn’t get any rhythm.
“Our line, offensively and defensively both, just knocked them off the ball and we ran hard, and we’re sectional champs.”
The defensive line kept the Red Ramblers off their game while the Mustangs’ offensive line opened up holes for a running attack that produced a total of 358 yards.
Harrison ran for 207 of those yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns. By the end of the first half, Harrison had rushed for 139 yards and all three of his touchdowns. His first carry of the game was good for 41 yards and led to the Mustangs’ first of seven touchdowns.
Jared Fishero ran for 45 yards on 12 carries, had 39 receiving yards, and scored three touchdowns. Trevor Loveall caught four passes for 45 yards, and quarterback Koby Pierce ran for 56 yards while passing for 102.