Triton Central hosted Indian Creek on Friday for homecoming. Bud Mendenhall Field was flooded with Triton Central students repping construction vests for the night’s theme.
Whether it was intentional or not, all the construction garb helped the Tigers build a massive lead over the Braves.
In the first quarter, junior Brayden Wilkins and the rest of the Tiger offense wasted no time getting points up. Wilkins capped the first drive with a run to the left for a touchdown. After the opening score, Indian Creek dialed up a big drive with a 35 yard shot to Lance Butler evening up the score.
During the play, Butler went up for an aggressive catch and came down with the ball and points for his team. In the big picture, that moment was the beginning of the end for the Braves.
After the first quarter, both teams were tied at 7.
In what can only be alluded to as a perfect quarter, Triton Central put up 35 points. They wasted no time putting up points in a flurry of takeaways and touchdowns.
With 5 interceptions in the game and 136 return yards, the Tiger Defense was consistently putting the offense in some dream scenarios to put up points.
For one of the interceptions, junior Levi Dewey picked it off in Braves territory and ran it back 34-yards for a pick-six.
Junior Ray Crawford picked off two balls and had 102 return yards. With the defense forcing takeaways and giving the offense the ball with great field positions, the Tigers were able to enter halftime at a staggering 42-7.
With Triton Central up so much with so much time to go, the clock began to fly. Each team put up a touchdown in the second half, but the emphasis was heavily on running out the clock. The remainder of the game wasn’t too much longer than the 24 minutes of time the Tigers were looking to wind down.
“We had a variety of things that went well for us tonight.,” Triton Central Coach Tim Able said. “We got more run game going, obviously the defense had some great takeaways and that made things a bit easier. We were able to mix the run and pass effectively early and sustained that. The biggest thing is we were the better team and we played like it. We built off of last week and now we need to build off this one for next week.”
For Triton Central, all three sides of the ball played dominantly and did exactly what they needed to. With two very capable kickers, the Tigers are versatile on special teams.
The Tigers didn’t punt and were also consistently forcing Indian Creek to take the ball the whole length of the field, making any attempts to come back very difficult.
“We really emphasize our special teams year around,” Able said. “I think that’s something we emphasize in the first practice. We have two great kickers right now. Our first kicker is an All-State kicker and Brogan would be kicking for probably 90 percent of the schools in the state.”
For Triton Central, junior Jace Stuckey went 12-for-14 with 259 yards and 2 touchdowns. Stuckey had a 165.2 passer rating on MaxPreps.
Ray Crawford led the way for Triton Central on the ground. Crawford had 15 carries for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Crawford also caught an 11-yard pass from Stuckey. Stuckey also had a 30-yard run and a touchdown on the ground.
Wilkins also had the touchdown that kicked off the night for Triton Central.
Senior Brad Schultz continues to give opposing secondaries nightmares.
Schultz had 4 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in the game, but also made a big impact in the blocking game and on defense.
Schultz has gone over 100 yards in four of his five games and is averaging 150 yards per game right now on the season.
“He is an outstanding receiver. He’s very smart, athletic and versatile. He can run it, he can catch it, he can turn a two yard pass into a 50-yard touchdown,” Able said. “He’s got great cuts too. He’s a player some people are sleeping on, but there are no opponents that are sleeping on him. Indian Creek tried a variety of things to cover him but once we get him in the right spot with play calls, he is hard to stop.”
Mason Compton also caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Compton also grabbed an interception in the game.
“Indian Creek is a young program and their coach is awesome, they have a quarterback that was very helpful for us,” Able said. It’s going to benefit us a lot going up against a young man who can throw the ball that well. We were really proud of the physicality of our defense as well as our offense. We were able to knock people off the ball and run the ball when we wanted to and run when we wanted to. That’s the balance we want to get every week.”
“I’m so proud of and happy for the seniors,” Able said. “Brogan Winslow doesn’t get to play that much on defense and he got an interception and that was really neat. He kicked some too and he is a very talented kicker. Really proud of all the kids, even with the distraction of homecoming they did a good job of compartmentalizing everything and when the game was on they focused well.”
With the win, Triton Central makes the jump to #5 in 2A action and sits at #62 for Indiana according to MaxPreps.