The Triton Central football team is fast.
But Scecina is faster.
Scecina’s speed and dominant work on the defensive line led to the Crusaders ruining Senior Night at Triton Central with a 27-0 Indiana Crossroads Conference victory at Mendenhall Field.
The teams exchanged possessions and punts in the first quarter until the game’s first mistake led to its first points. Scecina 6’3” junior defensive end Tamir Woods blocked a Tiger punt with 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Crusaders took advantage of the short field and capped a 34-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run by backup sophomore quarterback David Mendez with 8:31 left in the half.
Mendez and senior starting quarterback Aidan Ray shared snaps throughout much of the game.
Scecina’s front line defense controlled the line of scrimmage. Triton Central freshman quarterback Chase Chandler started in place of injured sophomore Jace Stuckey. Chandler was only 2-for-11 passing for 15 yards. Chandler was under constant pressure, sacked three times and knocked down several more.
Following a second quarter punt that left Scecina with a short field again, the Crusaders added to their lead. DeQuan Stennis recorded his sixth rushing touchdown of the season from four yards out with 3:16 left in the half to extend the Scecina lead to 14-0.
The teams exchanged possessions in the final three minutes. Triton Central defensive back Levi Dewey grabbed an interception on an overthrown ball with 50 seconds left in the half but the Tigers weren’t able to turn it into points.
The Tigers (4-3, 2-3 ICC) found some success in the running game but nothing they could sustain to lead to points on the scoreboard. Leading rusher Ray Crawford ran for 112 yards on 25 carries. Several of the Crawford runs were the product of direct snaps in the wildcat.
Scecina (4-3, 3-2 ICC) added a third quarter touchdown on a 47-yard pass from Aidan Ray to Keaton Thibo who broke two Tiger tackles to reach the endzone.
Travion Woods capped the scoring with a 15-yard run with 3:24 remaining in the game.
Triton Central will finish the season on the road with trips to Beech Grove next week and Speedway in the season finale.