Senior staff writer
The Roncalli and Greenwood football teams remain unbeaten after scary outcomes Friday, while Beech Grove suffered its first loss after rolling over three straight foes.
Roncalli and Greenwood are 4-0 after the 4A No. 2 Rebels shut out Plainfield and the 4A No. 12 Woodmen edged winless Mooresville in overtime on the road. They were among seven Southside teams that won during the fourth week of the season.
Kenny Gillum’s 1-yard touchdown run with six minutes left in the game and a strong defense shut out the host Quakers. The Rebels stopped Plainfield on the 1-yard line on the last play of the game. Gillum rushed for 142 yards on 22 carries, and the defense held Plainfield to 162 yards of offense.
Mooresville pushed Greenwood to overtime before Isaiah Borjas scored on a 1-yard TD and Brandon Rosado ran for a two-point conversion after scoring two TDs in regulation. Rosado ran for 127 yards on 18 carries.
Perry Meridian picked up its first win in dramatic fashion for first-year head coach Matt Henninger at Terre Haute South on freshman Jeffrey Wells’ 9-yard run with less than two minutes to go. The Falcons got the ball for their game-winning 93-yard drive by stopping the hosts on fourth down.
Quarterback Jalen Lee, 72 yards passing, and running back TJ Comer, 18 rushing yards, scored TDs earlier for the Falcons, who won 21-20. Lee rushed for 154 yards on 21 carries.
Southport won its second straight game in Perry Stadium, this time by dominating Terre Haute North 52-14 with a running clock late in the game due to threatening weather. The Cardinals remain unbeaten in Conference Indiana play.
Southport quarterback Ed Schott was 17-of-24 for 246 yards and two TDS; backs Andrew Mappes and Micah Walker combined for nearly 200 yards rushing.
“We’ve put it together for the last two weeks,” Cardinals coach Brandon Winters said Friday on “Indiana Sports Talk.” “We were behind early but we made it one-sided with good execution (offense and defense).”
Beech Grove fell to Scecina at Tech as the Crusaders’ defense stopped three Hornets drives in the second half. The Hornets held a 13-7 halftime lead on 30- and 10-yard scoring passes from quarterback Chase Andries to Montrez Hearon.
No. 5 2A Scecina’s defense stopped BG on the 30 to end the first half, then in the second half halted BG on the 10-, 34- and 19-yard lines; the final fourth-down stop came with one minute left. The Hornets had a touchdown called back on a holding penalty.
Andries completed only two passes in the second half for short yardage and threw for a season-low 136 yards.
“They did a good job of taking away the pass,” BG coach Mark Weller said. “They changed up on us and started dropping guys back so we felt we could run at them, get first downs and get into position to score,” We made too many mistakes to expect to come out on top.”
Walter Ballinger ran for 70 yards and Isaiah Hulse for 58 yards.
No. 5 6A Center Grove upended No. 2 Ben Davis, Lutheran pounded Oldenberg Academy, and Manual won its third game.
Friday’s games (7 p.m.): Bloomington South (3-1) vs. Southport (2-2) at Perry Stadium; Howe (2-2) at Beech Grove (3-1); Lutheran (2-2) at Park Tudor; Manual (3-1) at Providence (1-3); North Central (0-4) at Center Grove (3-1); Perry Meridian (1-3) at Franklin Central (1-3); Plainfield (2-2) at Greenwood (4-0); Scecina (4-0) at Roncalli (4-0).