BY ROB WITZEL
ATTICA, Ind. —
Surrounded by players, parents and fans North Vermillion Coach Brian Crabtree stood drenched in water from a recently over turned water cooler and simply said “I feel great.”
The feeling came from winning the school’s third sectional championship and its second straight title.
Though they were not given much attention on the stat sheet, the offensive and defensive lines were the biggest drivers in the 27-7 win over Attica.
“Defensive and offensive line control the game.” Senior running back Kody Zumwalt said. “We truly won this game in the trenches.
The defense held Attica to just 31 rushing yards while forcing three interceptions and a fumble. Meanwhile the offensive line dominated as well.
“The O-line was great.” quarterback Brayden Woodard added. They opened up big holes for us to run through, it’s all up to them.”
Woodard was able to run for 103 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns. Meanwhile, his teammate Zumwalt carried the ball 26 times for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
“This was a total team effort.” Crabtree said. “The offensive line played very well, Kody and Brayden ran well. There are a lot of guys on this team who played a game to be proud of.”
The game started out sloppy by both teams while in the first quarter both teams gave up a fumble and an interception. But after the mistake North Vermillion got rolling. With just over five minutes left in the opening quarter, Zumwalt ran for an 18-yard touchdown run.
In the second quarter, the Falcons would extend their lead with a 15-yard touchdown run by Brayden Woodard.
In the late minutes of the first half, North Vermillion looked to extend their lead, but with poor time management and Attica stepping up big on defense, the Falcons would have to settle for a 13-0 lead going into the half.
The third quarter was once again all Falcons.
Woodard and Zumwalt each scored a touchdown apiece and all but locked up their sectional championship.
On a late attempt at a comeback, Attica managed to score in a very uncharacteristic way.
The team that had done so well running the ball this season threw the ball very well and scored a touchdown from Brady Sheridan to Jeremiah Dunwell, a 15 yarder.
Sheridan would finish the game 146 passing yards and led the team with 23 rushing yards.
This marks the second year in a row where Attica’s season is brought to an end by the Falcons.
“Our kids played hard but we went up against one heck of a team,” Attica head coach Ryan Good said. “The defensive was tough and forced us to pass. We made some good plays out there but were just out played.”
Next Friday, North Vermillion will host Scecina in regionals.
“We are very excited about playing Scecina, they have a great football tradition,” Crabtree said. “We are very excited that we’ve gotten to the point in the season where we’re in it with teams like that. But we also feel like we have a lot more to accomplish.”