Senior staff writer
Southside football teams accomplished a clean sweep by winning all nine of their games during Week 8 of the regular season on Friday.
Undefeated 4A No. 1 Roncalli romped to an impressive 43-25 home win against 5A No. 7 Decatur Central with a season-high six rushing touchdowns.
Patrick McManama and Derick O’Connor each scored twice, and Kenny Gillum and Luke Smock crossed the goal line once. Coach Bruce Scifres’ Rebels are 8-0 for the first time since 1999, when they went 15-0 and won the 3A state championship.
The Rebels and host 3A No. 5 Guerin Catholic collide Friday with the winner earning the inaugural Circle City Conference championship.
Center Grove (6A No. 3) remained undefeated by blanking Lawrence North for its first shutout of the season. The Trojans have clinched second place in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.
Franklin Central, Perry Meridian and Southport were victorious against Conference Indiana foes. Southport needs help from rival Perry Meridian to force a two-way tie for the league title. The Falcons (3-5) face league leader Bloomington South (7-1 and No. 3 in 5A), while Southport visits 6A No. 4 Columbus North; each have 5-1 league records.
Beech Grove quarterback Chase Andries threw for three TDs and ran for two more scores as the Hornets dominated Triton Central. The Hornets can be part of a three-way Indiana Crossroads title deadlock Friday if Monrovia upsets visiting Scecina to give the three teams identical 5-2 league records. Lutheran (1A No. 14) belted ICC foe Speedway.
Manual defeated Broad Ripple at Ray Schultz Field for its fourth win of the season, matching the number of wins in 2006. Coach Robert Orkman’s squad seeks to match the 2004 regular-season mark of five victories.
Greenwood junior running back Brandon Rosado broke loose for 157 yards on 13 carries in the second half against visiting Franklin on senior night. Rosado’s brother, senior Dylan Rosado, was his biggest cheerleader from the sidelines while on crutches after suffering an ankle injury on the game’s third play.
Brandon Rosado, a 5-4 scatback, propelled the Woodmen to a 36-22. He had runs of 47 yards that set up Greenwood’s go-ahead touchdown and a 46-yard scoring run that iced the team’s fifth win and snapped a three-game losing skid.
‘We took the game over when we had to,” Brandon said. “The line was unbelievable in the second half. Ryan Burchett (left tackle) knows how to really stay with his man and make the block. I couldn’t have done it without line and the blocks from the backs.”
The two teams were deadlocked at 22 with nine minutes left in the fifth annual Cannon Clash, named in memory of former Greenwood football player and Franklin High School teacher Rick Cannon, who died of cancer.
Greenwood gained a 29-22 lead on quarterback Seth Gallman’s 1-yard plunge and regained the football quickly when its defense stopped Franklin on three plays, capped by senior Nick Chesser-Schritter’s third-down sack of Franklin quarterback Drew Byerly.
Rosado led all rushers with 176 yards on 21 carries with tandem running back Isaiah Borjas scoring two TDs and gaining 147 yards, mostly in the first half.
“This is a big deal for us to play for the Cannon Trophy,” Greenwood coach Mike Campbell said. “We needed to get back on track. I think we started to wear them down a bit. Our defense answered when we need to put out some fires. Offensively we started to hammer away at the end.”
Friday’s games are the final tune-up before the playoffs begin. Unless otherwise noted, all games start at 7 p.m.: Beech Grove (6-2) at Mooresville (1-7); Bloomington South (7-1) at Perry Meridian (3-5); Cathedral (5-3) at Center Grove (7-1); Greenwood (5-3) at Whiteland (5-3); Roncalli (8-0) at Guerin Catholic (7-1); Southport (5-3) at Columbus North (7-1); Terre Haute North (2-6) at Franklin Central (4-4), 7:30; Tindley (3-5) at Manual (4-4); Washington (1-7) at Lutheran (5-3).