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Scecina Memorial Falls Short of Football State Title
November 29, 2011VYPE MAGAZINE - Central Indiana
By Damani Dickerson
For VYPE Magazine
Indianapolis Scecina Memorial High School fell one victory short in its run for its first state football title since 1991.
Throughout the tournament the Crusaders (11-4) were dominant, averaging 37.6 points per game while only allowing 7.6 points per game, until they ran into two-time defending state champions Lafayette Central Catholic (15-0).Â
The No.1 Knights defeated the No.10 Crusaders 38-7 in the Class A state championship game Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
â€œItâ€™s been a great year and thereâ€™s no embarrassment getting beat by this team. Weâ€™re one of two teams that got here and weâ€™re very proud of that,â€ Scecina head coach Ott Hurrle said following the game. â€œWe got here and we hadnâ€™t been here for 20 years, so thatâ€™s an honor.â€
In order to win Scecina knew they would have to find an answer for Lafayette Catholic Central leading rusher and receiver, star running back Danny Anthrop. The Purdue-bound Anthrop made it very apparent early on that the Crusaders didnâ€™t have one.
â€œDanny got off to a great start. Heâ€™s obviously a great football player,â€ Lafayette Catholic Central head coach Kevin Oâ€™Shea said. â€œThe ability for us to run the ball was the difference; our kids up front did a great job.â€
After forcing Scecina to a three-and-out on their initial possession, Lafayette Central Catholic took over on their own 20. On the Knights fourth play from scrimmage Anthrop took senior quarterback Austin Munnâ€™s pitch 68 yards to score his first touchdown of the game.
Early in the second quarter, Anthrop scored his second touchdown of the game on a one-yard plunge that capped a 16-play, 99-yard drive by the Knights that put them ahead 14-0.
"We put some hits on him, but couldn't get him down,â€ junior defensive back Thomas Allgood said. â€œHe runs hard and breaks a lot of tackles. Once he made that long run, we got our heads down and they kept coming at us, play after play.â€
A few minutes later on first-and-10 Munn hit junior receiver Timmy Mills on a 40-yard play-action touchdown pass.
To end the half junior running back Brad Schrader finished a six-play, 63-yard scoring drive with a five-yard touchdown run to put his team ahead 28-0 with 13 seconds left in the second quarter. Lafayette Central Catholic scored on all four of its first-half possessions.Â
Anthropâ€™s final score of the evening came on a 41-yard touchdown run with 7:40 left in the third. He finished with 256 yards on 23 carries.
â€œThatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve been calling him anthrax all week long, heâ€™s good. We thought we had a good game plan of keeping him in.â€ said Hurrle, who is in his 20th season at Scecina. â€œHis feet never stopped. He made things happen when things werenâ€™t really there initially for him.â€
The Crusaders only score of the evening came on junior quarterback Robert Rennickâ€™s 33-yard pass to senior receiver Matt Deering with under a minute left to play in regulation.
The win marked the 45th straight victory for Lafayette Central Catholic and gave the Knights their third consecutive undefeated season and state title. The Knights made history becoming the first team to accomplish the feat since the introduction of the state tournament in 1973.
â€œIt will sink in here eventually. You donâ€™t think about that kind of stuff three years ago.â€ Oâ€™Shea said when asked about the significance of making history. â€œI think this is going to be something five or ten years down the road when these kids come back to visit. It will be something no one can take away from them.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1stÂ Â 2ndÂ Â 3rdÂ Â 4thÂ Â FINAL
Lafayette Central CatholicÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 7Â Â Â Â Â 21Â Â Â Â Â 7Â Â Â Â Â 3Â Â - Â 38Â
Scecina MemorialÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 0Â Â Â Â Â Â 0Â Â Â Â Â 0Â Â Â Â Â 7Â Â - Â Â 7
LCC -- Danny Anthrop 68 run (Matt Bouggy kick)
LCC -- Anthrop 1 run (Bouggy kick)
LCC -- Timmy Mills 40 pass from Austin Munn (Bouggy kick)
LCC -- Brad Schrader 5 run (Bouggy kick)
LCC -- Anthrop 41 run (Bouggy kick)
LCC -- FG Bouggy 30
S -- Matt Deering 3 pass from Robert Rennick (Ryan Frain kick)