For The Tribune
East Central opened up 28-6 lead at halftime and went on to a 58-6 win against Seymour in the championship game of the Class 4A Sectional 23 at Trojan Field.
The Trojans, led by Doug Rosemeyer with 109 yards rushing and three touchdowns, scored twice in each quarter.
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East finished with 361 yards on the ground and 127 in the air, while the Owls had 169 yards passing and 48 net yards rushing.
“They’re really good,” Owls coach Josh Shattuck said. “We couldn’t string anything together offensively. We had some really good plays, and every time we’d get something going something would fizzle out.
“They made a couple nice interceptions. I thought we had something going when we scored that touchdown late in the first half. We had another drive and came up a couple inches short on fourth down, and the next thing you know its 28-6. But at the end of the day, they’re a better team than us.”
The Trojans scored two touchdowns each in the first and second quarters and held a 28-6 lead at the half.
East scored on its first two possessions with both touchdowns coming on 6-yard runs by Doug Rosemeyer, at 5:48 and 2:25 of the first period.
Seymour had a 5-yard offside penalty on a fourth-down that kept the Trojans’ first drive alive.
The Owls put together a 10-play, 80 yard drive on its first possession of the second quarter for its first touchdown.
Alan Perry completed three passes for 53 yards, including one to Luke Dover for 20 yards for the touchdown at 6:34.
The Trojans scored on their final two possessions of the half, on another 6-yard run by Rosemeyer, and on a 27-yard pass from Luke Patton to Nolan Moser with 16.3 seconds left in the half.
Jackson Morris added to his school record for receptions with eight for 78 yards, and Perry moved into second place in season passing yards with 169.
“I’ll give credit where credit is due,” Shattuck said. “They’re more aggressive, they’re bigger, stronger. It’s great for our kids to go up against them. Even with the score, I felt we belonged in this game. The score got out of hand, but we showed we could play with them for a while.”
The Owls finished 5-7 while the Trojans are 10-2 and will play host to Evansville Harrison on Friday for a regional game.