But the end of an impressive run meant more to the Falcons than simply wins and losses.
“I don’t think there’s any way, really, to express it accurately,” North Vermillion coach Brian Crabtree said. “It’s heartbreaking. It’s one thing to lose a game, but knowing that you’re never going to get to play again with that group of seniors; we’re never going to get to coach them again. Their high school careers are done.
“I don’t think you can put words on how hard it is on the night that it all ends. But, they’re an awesome group of kids and they’ve got awesome futures ahead of them, and they’re going to do great things because of who they are.”
The Red Ramblers didn’t have to contend with North Vermillion dual-threat quarterback Brayden Woodard, who passed for over 1,000 yards and finished his final high school season eight yards shy of 1,000 rushing yards. But Attica still had an answer for other threats like back-up quarterback Cody Wright and 1,600-yard rusher Jacob Earl.
The Falcons managed only 44 total yards of offense in the first half and trailed 13-0 at the break. Sheridan helped the Red Ramblers take advantage of a short field on their first possession of the game — starting at the North Vermillion 30-yard line — and ran 22 yards on their third offensive play to go up 7-0 three minutes into the contest.
Not only did it give Attica momentum and the lead, it forced North Vermillion to fight through the adversity of trailing for the first time since losing to Indianapolis Scecina in last year’s regional.
Attica scored its second touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Sheridan to Carson Davis with one minute, four seconds left in the first half. North Vermillion’s lone score came with 4:26 remaining in the third quarter when Earl capped a 66-yard drive with a one-yard run.