On Friday, September 30th, the Terra Houte South Braves(3-3) came to North Central for a football showdown. Both teams were coming off big losses, as the Braves lost to Ben Davis 63-17, and the Panthers lost to the rival Carmel Greyhounds 56-0. The Panthers came into the game, hoping to end their 4 game losing streak, which began at home against Ben Davis on September 2nd.
The Panthers came out on fire, scoring on their first drive, and again on their third, each on Jalen McIntyre runs. Tough Panther defense kept the Braves scoreless, and North Central pulled ahead with a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was not much tougher for the Panthers, as they seemed to destroy the Terra Houte defense with the run game. Two more second quarter touchdowns, and a stagnant defense, allowed North Central to go up 28-0 at halftime, their biggest lead of the season.
The halftime intermission wasn’t even able to slow down the Panther offense, as they continued to put up more points in the second half. The defense stayed tough, not allowing a single point. This allowed the North Central backups, including quarterback Michael Loggan, to gain much valuable playing time and experience. The Panthers won 47-0, earning their first shutout of the season, and putting forth their highest scoring effort in their final home game.
North Central’s schedule gets tough again next week, as they will travel to play the Center Grove Trojans (5-2). The Trojans are coming off of a 42-14 loss to Ben Davis.