FAIRLAND — It did not take long for 2A No. 6 Triton Central’s momentum to continue in their 37-25 win over the Beech Grove Hornets Friday night.
Sophomore Brad Schultz opened the game with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that put the Tigers up 7-0 just a few seconds into the game. Beech Grove would immediately respond to the Tigers touchdown with an 85-yard drive that would be capped off with a 20-yard touchdown pass thrown by senior Gavin Mitchell to senior Garrett Esposito.
Both sides would score touchdowns on their next drives that would bring the score 14-12 after the first quarter.
TC’s running game played a big factor, as the Tigers were able to tally 237 rushing yards between senior Hayden Kermode and freshman Ray Crawford, who most notably had 141 yards on the ground in his return after not playing last Friday night.
Senior Erick Hebauf would join the rushing attack in the second quarter, as he would scramble for a 15-yard touchdown that would put TC up 21-12 with just 10 minutes left in the half
The Tiger defense would hold their own against Beech Grove’s powerful offense and would hold them to no points in the second quarter, and that would be the case for much of the third quarter.
In what was a back-and-forth affair between the Hornets and the Tigers, TC’s defense took a big stand in the third quarter, as they were able to force a Beech Grove safety to make the score 23-19. Triton Central marched down the field for a 50-yard touchdown drive that was capped off by Kermode scoring one of his two touchdowns from 10-yards out that would make the score 30-19 with just under a minute left in the third quarter.
TC carried that momentum into the fourth quarter. Both teams had drives that stalled for much of the fourth quarter until Mitchell threw a 20-yard touchdown strike that would cut the TC lead 30-25 with just 6:00 remaining.
Just like TC has done all season, they responded to the Beech Grove touchdown, led by Kermode taking the rains of the offense in the fourth quarter. Kermode rushed a couple of huge gains and Crawford capped the drive by rushing in for the clinching nine-yard touchdown run to put TC up 37-25 late in the fourth quarter.
That touchdown would end up being the difference maker, as the Tigers would pick up a huge Indiana Crossroads Conference win. The win brings Triton Central’s record to 6-1 (4-1 Indiana Crossroads).
The Tigers host Speedway in their regular season finale on Friday night, before beginning sectional play next week.