Fountain Central committed four turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions — but North Central was only able to capitalized on one of them.
Instead it was the Mustangs coming up with the majority of the big plays, especially in the first half, as Fountain Central scored on its first three possessions building a 21-0 lead.
One of the biggest plays came on a 83-yard completion from quarterback Koby Pierce, who threw for 147 yards, to Strange, who was marked down at the North Central 3-yard line. Two plays later, Harrison had a 1-yard touchdown run.
“My mind got moving a little faster than my feet,’’ said Strange, who did get a touchdown reception on a 3-yard pass from Pierce with just 10 seconds left in the first half.
With the victory, Fountain Central advances to next Friday’s sectional championship game against the Attica Red Ramblers, a 13-7 winner over North Vermillion.
“This means a lot, getting to the sectional championship game,’’ Harrison said. “We knew this was going to be a tough game, and it was.’’
The IHSAA Class A Sectional 47 championship game will be held at Fountain Central High School. Kickoff is tentatively set for 7 p.m. (Eastern).
In the regular-season meeting between the Wabash River Conference rivals, the Mustangs defeated the Red Ramblers 45-6 on Sept. 20. Fountain Central will seeking its ninth sectional title in school history and its first since 2010.