Southsider Voice correspondent
Center Grove has rolled to four dominating wins since losing its first three games to the state’s top three 6A teams.
The Trojans, who jumped a spot to No. 6 in the coaches poll, rolled to 337 yards on the ground during a rain-soaked Metropolitan Interscholastic game at Pike. Six different Trojans scored, including defensive back Zach Hart, who ran 73 yards for a touchdown after picking up a fumble in the third quarter.
The 42-6 triumph continued CG’s winning ways as the Trojans handed Pike their fourth straight loss. CG, 3-3 in the MIC, has outscored its past three foes 148-37.
Coach Eric Moore’s Trojans romped to a 28-6 halftime lead on touchdowns of 12 yards by Max Norris, 1 yard by Titus McCoy, a 15-yard pass to Devon Hensley from quarterback Joey Siderewicz and 14 yards by Jackson Hohlt.
Trevor Hohlt’s 20-yard TD run in the third quarter capped the scoring.
Franklin Central ended a five-game skid with its first Conference Indiana win of the season at Bloomington North, 14-6.
All the scoring took place in the first half as the Flashes hung onto their slim lead for the final 24 minutes. The Flashes picked off a pass to start the second half and stopped the hosts twice in the red zone in the fourth quarter.
Aaron Austin scored both touchdowns for FC. Derek Magee and Spencer Proffer were the leading tacklers.
Perry Meridian dominated Columbus North 34-14 at Perry Stadium as the Falcons captured their second Conference Indiana win.
The Falcons racked up 362 yards of offense with sophomore QB Tristen Tonte accounting for three touchdowns, 201 yards on 19 carries and 100 yards passing.
Elsewhere, losses by Southport, Beech Grove and Greenwood jammed up three conference championship races.
Southport saw its 17-game regular season winning streak come to an end in a duel of quarterbacks as Terre Haute South prevailed 21-14.
The loss leaves Southport, which fell three spots to No. 8 in 6A, Bloomington South and Bloomington North in a three-way league tie at 4-1 apiece. The Cardinals have a showdown Friday with Bloomington North at Perry Stadium.
At Terre Haute South, Southport scored on a touchdown pass from QB Luke Johnston to James Wright and a TD run by Micah Walker. Johnston completed 14-of-31 for 154 yards, while counterpart Timmy Herrin ran for three TDs, rushed for 68 yards and threw for 214.
Southport’s Kevin Wagner gained 146 yards on 25 carries. Jalen Williams led the Cards with 12 tackles; Darius Bryant had 10.
Ritter ended Beech Grove’s five-game winning streak 21-18 in the Hornets’ final home game. Beech Grove fell behind 15-0 in the first quarter but came back in the second quarter as Jamal Brumfield scored on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Chase Andries and a on 15-yard run. Andries completed a 44-yard scoring strike in the third quarter for the final score. The Hornets failed to convert three two-point PATs.
Beech Grove joins three other teams in the Indiana Crossroads Conference with two losses apiece. Triton Central, the league leader at 4-1, hosts the Hornets on Friday. Beech Grove could earn a share of the title with a win.
Lutheran fell to Monrovia 36-18 and dropped from a first-place tie.
Greenwood, previously unbeaten in Mid-State play, ran into a vastly improved Decatur Central defense on the road.
The Hawks handed the Woodmen their first league loss 34-0. Trailing 14-0, the Woodmen got inside DC’s 35-yard line twice in the third quarter but lost a fumble and later stalled.
The Hawks limited the Woodmen to 103 yards of offense and leading rusher Jon Gallman to 51 yards on 15 carries.
DC quarterback and Indiana University recruit Tommy Stevens accounted for two TDs on the ground, a TD pass and 225 yards rushing in the rain-soaked game.
A late fourth-quarter interception ended a Roncalli drive deep in Martinsville territory as the host Rebels fell 12-10.
Roncalli’s hopes for a come-from-behind victory over Martinsville were stymied when a late fourth-quarter interception ended a drive deep in the Artesians’ territory. Roncalli lost 12-10 and fell to 4-3.