BY GREG FLINT email@example.com
---- — VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Fountain Central used a mix of running and passing along with solid defense to get the 45-6 win over Attica on Friday.
Both teams tried to get their running games going at the start of the game and neither was immediately successful, as both squads had to punt on their first possession.
Fountain Central put the first points on the board as they finally began to create holes for running back Daniel Harrison.
The senior running back, who would rack up over 100 yards on the night, carried four times in a row on the second Mustang possession of the first quarter to pick up 45 yards.
Collin Strange then carried for a big gain, but his run was called back because of a Fountain Central holding penalty.
That sent the Mustangs to the air, where Koby Pierce hit Ethan Woodrow for a 16-yard gain to the Attica six from where Harrison would score on the next play.
Attica caught a break on the ensuing kickoff as Fountain Central was flagged for running into a fair catch, but the Ramblers could not move the ball and had to punt.
Fountain Central next used the legs of Pierce as he made several runs on the next Mustang possession — one that added another touchdown to their total on the first play of the second quarter.
The Ramblers continued to try to run the ball, but the Fountain Central defense often was able to string out the plays for little or no gain.
“I thought our front seven played really well tonight,” said Mustang head coach Brian Moore. “I also think we were pretty quick out there. We worked on that in the summer and I think we’re faster than we were a year ago.
Fountain Central added a third touchdown midway through the second quarter and that seemed to change the game.
Down 21-0, Attica had no choice but to try to go to the air to get back into the game. While Sheridan did have several good completions to Cody Parker and Lance Whorrall, he will probably be seeing numbers 68 and 86 in his dreams.
Kiowa Simonton (86) and Blaine Kinderman (68) lined up on the right side of the defensive line and spent much of the night either sacking Sheridan or at least making sure he had little time to find a receiver.
However, it was not only the Mustang defense that had its moments on the night. Justin Harmeson picked off a Pierce pass in the second quarter that led to the lone Rambler score.
With three minutes left in the half, Sheridan began throwing and having enough success despite the Mustang pressure to move the ball down the field.
He hit a pass to Tyler Campbell, ran a reverse to Whorrall and then carried the final 18 yards for a touchdown that made it 21-6, as the two-point pass play was incomplete.
The Mustangs then scored one last time in the first half to go up 28-6 at intermission.
Attica got the ball to start the third quarter, but Trevor Loveall picked off a pass and four plays later, Cristian Viveros kicked a 25-yard field goal to make it 31-6.
The Ramblers kept battling but they never were able to get their running game going despite using a lot of motion and misdirection.
Attica head coach Ryan Good gave credit to the Mustangs for the problems.
“Overall we have the ability to throw,” said Good, “but their line and interior linebackers played well and prevented it.”
Good said he thought his team played hard “until the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter, but then we kind of gave up.”
In that final span, the Mustangs added two more touchdowns.
Moore gave credit to his defense for the win, but also gave kudos to his offense for playing well in the rain.
“When we had possession we took care of the ball,” he said. “We never put it on the ground. We had some big plays like the catch by Woodrow. We took advantage of what we got.”
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 4 0 5 0 Rockville 4 0 4 1 North Vermillion 3 0 5 0 Attica 2 2 3 2 Seeger 2 2 2 3 Turkey Run 0 3 0 5 Riverton Parke 0 4 1 4 Covington 0 4 0 5 Friday, Sept. 20 games Fountain Central 45, Attica 6 Seeger 31, Covington 7 North Vermillion 79, Riverton Parke 0 Rockville 38, Turkey Run 0 Friday, Sept. 27 games North Vermillion at Attica, 7 p.m. Riverton Parke at Turkey Run, 7 p.m. Seeger at Fountain Central, 7 p.m. South Vermillion at Rockville, 7 p.m. Indiana Deaf at Covington, 7:30 p.m.