Not only did Harrison play a key role in the Mustangs 435 yards of total offense on Friday, he was also one of four Fountain Central linebackers responsible for containing VanSchoyck.
“That’s an area that has been scrutinized all year,’’ Moore said. “I think our linebackers played their best game all year. We tackled really well except for one play.’’
And that one play was an 80-yard touchdown run by VanSchoyck, but his other 15 carries amounted to just 72 yards, well under his 12.96 yards a carry average he had coming into the contest.
“When the gaps would open, we would just be there to fill them and create the pile,’’ Harrison said.
The Mustangs also adjusted their defense a little bit with junior Collin Strange moving up from his defensive back position into an outside linebacker spot.
“We had a pretty good game plan for him,’’ Strange said of VanSchoyck. “We just made sure to shut the holes as fast as we could, and we knew we had to get him to the ground.
“My job was coming off the edge. I’m pretty quick and I can get into the backfield pretty fast. Jared (Fisher) is pretty quick on the other edge and we knew we had to get in there fast and keep him contained.’’
That defense not only bottled up VanSchoyck, but it was also good enough to stop North Central quarterback Dillon Bailey, who had 68 rushing yards on 24 carries. Additionally, Bailey was just 2-of-14 passing for 22 yards in the contest, but two of his final five pass attempts wound up in the arms of Fountain Central safety Trevor Loveall.
The second interception in the end zone by Loveall sealed the victory for the Mustangs.
“I’m excited for these kids and I’m excited with the way that we came out and played,’’ Moore said. “We made some mistakes. But in big game, you are going to have some mistakes. The key is overcoming them and we did.’’