Friday, November 11, 2016
East Central High School
Trading in Friday Night Lights for a Saturday afternoon matchup, the East Central Trojans made the long trip to Evansville, Indiana, to take on FJ Reitz for the IHSAA 4A Regional Championship. The first quarter saw the Trojans and Panthers trade punches as both put 7 points on the board in their first drive. ECâs score came as Alex Maxwell ran a 12 yard QB keeper to the end zone. The second quarter was a Reitz passing clinic resulting in a 13 yard pass to Isaiah Dunham and a 14-7 Reitz lead.
The Trojans received the ball first the second half and dominated the clock in the third quarter, only to let Reitz have it for 48 seconds. The clock control yielded another Maxwell keeper evening the score to 14 all. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Reitz didnât need much time to put up another score off of a blocked punt picked up by Connor Deweese who ran it back 49 yards to give Reitz a 21-14 lead.
The fourth quarter was explosive, delivering everything football fans want to see. At 8:08 in the fourth, Alex Maxwell once again runs the ball in and Nick Stidhamâs extra point tied the game at 21. With a couple minutes left to play the fireworks began with a series of quick hitting scores and fans reeling in excitement. Alex Maxwell once again called up his number and scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the night. Nick Stidham, who is spot on with extra points, had a rare miss opening the door for Reitz to possibly take another lead in the final minutes of play. Wasting no time,Reitz mounted a fast paced offense and took the ball 65 yards in 7 plays to score with a pass to Eli Dunham with 42 seconds in the game. Trojan fans sensing an end to their season were quickly cheering as Joel Horner had a rare extra point miss leaving a tied score, 27-27. It was now the Trojans turn to make quick work of a long field and try and keep the game from going into extra play. Going 42 yards in five plays, the Trojans were on the Reitz 38 yard line with only 4 seconds to play. With a clean snap, Alex Maxwell sent the ball flying in a Hail Mary that was pulled down in the end zone by Justin Dress for an EC touchdown as time expired. For the second straight year, the East Central Trojans are Regional Champs!
The Trojans will now face Indianapolis Roncalli November 18th, at East Centralâs Trojan Field, for the Semi-State game. Stay tuned to ectrojansathletics.com and @ECTrojanFB for game time details as soon as they are released.
1st Qtr 06:58 FJRHS Reid MAHAN Passes to Noah JONES for 14 yd TOUCHDOWN, PAT Kick by Joel HORNER GOOD.
1st Qtr 01:52 ECHS Alex Maxwell Carries(QB Keeper) for 12 yd TOUCHDOWN, PAT Kick by Nick Stidham GOOD.
2nd Qtr 10:04 FJRHS Reid MAHAN Passes to Isaiah DUNHAM for 13 yd TOUCHDOWN, PAT Kick by Joel HORNER GOOD.
3rd Qtr 07:25 ECHS Alex Maxwell Carries(QB Keeper) for 2 yd TOUCHDOWN, PAT Kick by Nick Stidham GOOD.
3rd Qtr 02:08 FJRHS Nick Stidham 37 yard Field Goal attempt blocked by Ryan KASSEL, recovered by Connor DEWEESE for 49 yd TOUCHDOWN, PAT Kick by Joel HORNER GOOD.
4th Qtr 08:08 ECHS Alex Maxwell Carries(QB Keeper) for 3 yd TOUCHDOWN, PAT Kick by Nick Stidham GOOD.
4th Qtr 01:55 ECHS Alex Maxwell Carries(QB Keeper) for 2 yd TOUCHDOWN, PAT Kick by Nick Stidham NO Good
4th Qtr 00:42 FJRHS Reid MAHAN Passes to Eli DUNHAM for 14 yd TOUCHDOWN, PAT Kick by Joel HORNER NO Good
4th Qtr 00:00 ECHS Alex Maxwell Passes to Justin Drees for 38 yd TOUCHDOWN.