Senior staff writer
It will always be known as “the play” among Greenwood football coaches and players and the band of travelers who witnessed it Friday at Northview in a 4A sectional semistate game.
Greenwood was clinging to a precarious 22-17 lead against the Knights with few seconds remaining. Northview had driven to the 1-yard line and tried a running play, but Greenwood’s Will Wolf stripped the ball, and junior Dylan Rosado – in a career highlight – picked it up ran 99 yards as time expired for the 29-17 upset over previously undefeated and 4A No. 2 Northview.
“A pretty unbelievable play,” Greenwood coach Mike Campbell said. “They were driving, but we keep preaching to our kids to get to the next play and something good will happen. Our defense never gives up on each other and keeps making plays.”
Greenwood sophomore quarterback Seth Gallman connected on three touchdown passes. The Woodmen went ahead for good when Gallman combined with receiver Rosado for a fourth-down 65-yard TD with 1:31 left.
Defensive ace Jackson Daugherty intercepted two passes for the second straight sectional game.
The Woodmen (7-4) remain at the Woodshed Friday at 7 p.m. to face Roncalli (7-4) for the Sectional 21 championship.
Roncalli advanced by coming from behind to defeat host Lebanon 28-14 in a 4A sectional semifinal for the Rebels’ fifth straight win.
The No. 9 Rebels trailed 14-9 early in the third quarter before putting up the final 19 points unscathed. Quarterback Robbie Strader and Justin Saylor combined for a 61-yard TD; Patrick Sandler kicked a 43-yard field goal; and Strader hit Will Harris on a 17-yard TD pass.
Strader connected on 9-of-15 passes for 198 yards and three TDs. Running back Nate Fries picked up a hard-earned 78 yards on 28 carries. Lebanon’s passing game racked up 280 yards, but the Rebels held the Tigers to minus 16 yards rushing.
“We have been getting healthier and healthier,” Rebels coach Bruce Scifres said. “We’re getting over those early season injuries, and we’re the healthiest we have been all season.”
Center Grove earns sectional crown
Class 6A No. 1 Center Grove dominated visiting Jeffersonville 56-0, scoring all eight touchdowns on the ground, to win its 11th football sectional championship Friday.
Titus McCoy, Ethan Huntzinger and Jackson Hohlt each scored two TDs.
The Trojans (11-0) travel Friday to No. 5 Warren Central (8-3) for a rematch of their season opener, which Center Grove won 42-38.
Lutheran host sectional title game Friday
Lutheran (7-4) returns home Friday for the Class A Sectional 46 championship game against Cambridge City (5-6).
The No. 13 Saints dominated Indiana Deaf School 53-0, scoring all their points in the first half.