FARMERSBURG, Ind. — Special players can make a difference in a football game, but on Friday night, it was a whole group of players that found a way to get the job done.
The Fountain Central Mustangs used a balanced attack to beat the North Central Thunderbirds and running back Chase VanSchyock, 34-20 in a IHSAA Class A Sectional 47 semifinal.
“North Central have some great football players and some great athletes,’’ Fountain Central coach Brian Moore said. “This is a good football team and that No. 21 (VanSchoyck) is a special player.
“But we have some special players as well, and we have a great team. We came together and a lot of different people made plays.’’
VanSchoyck, who came into Friday’s game with 2,229 rushing yards in 10 games, did finish with 152 yards and 16 carries and he scored all three touchdowns for the Thunderbirds (8-3), but for all he did, the Mustangs (10-1) always had an answer.
North Central pulled within 28-20 on a VanSchoyck’s 5-yard touchdown reception with 3 minutes, 28 seconds left in the third quarter.
That’s when the Fountain Central team pulled together on the ensuing offensive possession.
“It took heart and a special mentality,’’ Fountain Central’s Daniel Harrison said.
The Mustangs ran 13 plays — 12 of those on the ground — covering 65 yards and taking 6:59 off the clock. Senior Jared Fishero, who carried the ball on the final six plays, capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge giving Fountain Central a 34-20 lead.
“Our offensive line did a great job,’’ said Moore, as Fountain Central was 3-for-3 in third-down conversions on those drives. “And, our running backs made the plays.’’
Fountain Central wound up with 288 yards on the ground as Harrison led the way with 194 yards and a touchdown, while Fishero chipped in with 72 yards and two scores.
“Our line did a really good job of opening the gaps, and we just ran through the holes they created,’’ Harrison said. “Our offense has been pretty balanced all year between the run and he pass. Tonight, we should that we can run the ball down the throats of our opponents.’’