Sophomore running back Jack Bolin scored three first-half touchdowns and Fountain Central held Attica to 69 offensive yards en route to a 48-0 victory Friday in a Wabash River Conference game.

The Red Ramblers (3-2) had four first downs as the Mustangs (5-0) stuffed the run and quarterback Brady Sheridan’s passing game floundered.

Fountain Central found the end zone on its first four possessions and one of Attica’s — a 32-yard Michael Duane fumble recovery for a touchdown — to create a 35-0 halftime lead the Mustangs would not relinquish.

“Nothing went right,” Attica coach Ryan Good said. “I thought we would be able to run a little bit. I thought we’d at least be able to move the chains.”

Attica running back Jarrett Smart found a bit of success early, running the ball six times for 23 first-half yards. But inaccurate passes and dropped passes stymied the Red Rambler offense. Sheridan completed 5-of-10 passes for six yards and an interception.

Fountain Central coach Rick Malone credited his team for starting and finishing with focus, executing on offense and defense, and adjusting to Attica’s defense properly.

Mustang quarterback Andrew Mitchell was in control of his own destiny, spinning and breaking away from tacklers for a rushing touchdown and completing 9 of 13 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Bolin’s three touchdowns came on just four first-half runs. It could have been a bigger night for him, though, as a long first-half run and a 46-yard touchdown run were called back for Fountain Central penalties.

Fountain Central came into the game with momentum, with a No. 9 state 2A ranking, having dismantled Covington 54-14 the previous week. However, the 1A No. 11 Red Ramblers faced a tough week to rebound from a 30-27 loss at 1A No. 9 Rockville last week.

Good said the mental letdown could have had negative effects and carried over against Fountain Central.

“Or it might be a mental block with Fountain Central,” he said. “(Attica players) see all the hype with Fountain Central and maybe they were beat before they took the field.”

The Mustangs, who have been no stranger to large second-half leads, often play junior varsity or freshman players when the game is out of reach. But starters stayed in the game until the fourth quarter against Attica, Malone said, because he was worried about the safety of some younger players.

Malone said it was a “physical mismatch” to pit younger players against the likes of Smart, a 220-pound running back and linebacker, and Marcas Mickle, a 290-pound lineman

“We weren’t trying to send a message or anything,” he said. “They’ve got some big, strong, physical kids.”

Smart finished the game with 12 carries for 31 yards.

Mustang Eli Moore ran the ball 21 times for 99 yards. Bolin had the next-highest rushing total for Fountain Central with six carries for 60 yards.

Fountain Central hosts Seeger next week while Attica hosts North Vermillion.

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