BY GREG FLINT
---- — ROCKVILLE, Ind. — Rockville converted a two-point conversion in the final two minutes of their game with Attica to come away with a 30-28 victory. The Rox scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
The game started as a punting contest between the two teams as neither could get their offenses untracked. Actually, it was the defense for the red Ramblers that put them on the board first.
With 1:23 left in the first quarter, Carson Davis picked off a pass and ran it back 45 yards for a touchdown. He then kicked the extra point to put Attica up 7-0.
Rockville immediately countered with a 13-play drive to pull within one at 7-6 when their two-point try failed.
Attica extended their lead to 14-6 late in the half when Brady Sheridan scored from two yards out and Davis ran for two points.
Three plays later, Davis tried to tackle Rockville quarterback Kiontre Wilkey and collided with a blocker. The collision knocked Davis out momentarily and according to Attica head coach Ryan Good, the junior came to but complained of a sore neck.
He was taken away by ambulance after about a ten-minute delay and Good reported after the game that all CAT scans were negative but that Davis had a concussion of unknown severity.
The game then resumed and the Rox went on to tie the game just before intermission with a two-yard run by Wilkey and his two-point conversion.
Rockville received to open the third quarter, could not get a first down and punted. The Ramblers blocked the punt with Good saying he thought it was Lance Whorrall who did it.
Tyler Jordan picked up the loose ball and ran it in for a touchdown, the second defensive score on the night for the Ramblers.
That made it 22-14 after Sheridan converted the two-point try with 9:34 left in quarter number three.
Attica would go on to add another touchdown in the opening moments of the fourth quarter on a pass from Sheridan to Cody Parker good for eight yards and the score.
The Ramblers tried to pass for the two points, but a Rockville defender broke it up to keep the score only 28-14.
Wilkey put the Rox on the board again on the first play after the kickoff return. From 57 yards away, he broke free down the right side for a touchdown and two-point play that pulled Rockville within six at 28-22 with 11:35 left in the game.
Attica chewed up a lot of clock on their next possession, using 14 plays and over seven minutes, but came away empty when they failed to convert a 4th-and-five on their 25.
Rockville took over on downs and proceeded up the field in eight plays to score - tying the game at 28-all on a Wilkey run. After two Rox timeouts, Wilkey broke through the Rambler line for the two-point score that put his team up for the first time in the game at 30-28.
With only 1:43 left when they got the ball, Attica went to the air with Sheridan throwing to Parker and Tyler Campbell to move the ball to the Rox 33 with under 30 seconds left.
After a Rambler penalty, Sheridan then hit Campbell again to move the ball to 34 with 3.5 seconds left. A spike stopped the clock with 1.2 seconds left.
Sheridan threw into the end zone but Ben Eads broke up the pass and time ran out with Attica on the short end of the 30-28 score.
Rockville head coach Herb King gave credit to his team for coming back repeatedly in the contest, especially after what he called a “poor performance” the previous week.
Good said that his team did not play well in the first half, noting, “If we'd played the first half like we played the second, it'd have been a different outcome, but you have to play four quarters, not two.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wabash River Conference Glance All times Eastern Conf. Overall Team W L W L Fountain Central 3 0 4 0 Rockville 3 0 3 1 North Vermillion 2 0 4 0 Attica 2 1 3 1 Seeger 1 2 1 3 Turkey Run 0 2 0 3 Covington 0 3 0 4 Riverton Parke 0 3 1 3 Friday, Sept. 13 games Rockville 30, Attica 28 Fountain Central 68, Covington 0 North Vermillion 37, North Central (Farmersburg) 7 Seeger 64, Riverton Parke 16 Cloverdale 52, Turkey Run 0 Friday, Sept. 20 Games Attica at Fountain Central, 7 p.m. Covington at Seeger, 7 p.m. Riverton Parke at North Vermillion, 7 p.m. Rockville at Turkey Run, 7 p.m.