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FOOTBALL: BNL lands three on All-HHC team

BNL senior Joe Jackson was named First Team All-HHC as a defensive back.

BNL senior Joe Jackson was named First Team All-HHC as a defensive back.

Scarpellini, Jackson and Flores

named First Team by coaches

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence’s Andrew Scarpellini, Joe Jackson and Esteban Flores were named to the Hoosier Hills Conference’s First Team by the league coaches.

Scarpellini, an offensive lineman, and Jackson, a defensive back, were senior captains for the Stars, who finished 4-6 overall and sixth in the league standings with a 2-5 record. Flores, a junior, was named as a kicking specialist.

Andrew Scarpellini

Andrew Scarpellini

Esteban Flores

Esteban Flores

Jackson led the Stars with four interceptions while also recording two sacks and eight tackles for loss. Flores was a weapon as he kicked 13 field goals, and he also had 15 catches for 342 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. Scarpellini, a 6-5, 290-pound power blocker, was a key piece to BNL’s triple-option running game.

Columbus East, while finished as the Class 5-A state runner-up, led the league with seven First Team selections. The Olympians won their 13th consecutive HHC title and stretched their league winning streak to 70 games.

BNL’s Jackson Bartlett (linebacker) was named Honorable Mention.

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East’s Hogan repeats as Athlete of the Week

Columbus East's Jamon Hogan ran for three touchdowns against Seymour on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East’s Jamon Hogan ran for 260 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 5-A regional.
Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East running back Jamon Hogan, for the second consecutive week and for the third time this season, was named Athlete of the Week by TheHHCSports.com.

Hogan exploded for 260 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the No.4 Olympians conquered Zionsville 42-35 in the Class 5-A regional championship. Hogan ripped off long TD runs of 29 and 92j yards, powering East (12-1) to the semistate at Bloomington South. Hogan now has rushed for 1,994 yards and 36 touchdowns this season.

TheHHCSports.com will honor the best performance during each week during the fall, winter and spring sessions of the 2016-17 seasons. Jeffersonville running back Jordan Barnett, Madison receiver Clayton Hamby, Columbus East quarterback Josh Major, Floyd Central’s offensive line, New Albany running back Darquan Richardson, Seymour quarterback Alan Perry and Columbus East’s defense were honored in previous weeks.

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East’s Hogan named Athlete of the Week

Columbus East's Jamon Hogan ranf or 247 yards and 4 touchdowns in the sectional final. Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East’s Jamon Hogan ran for 247 yards and 4 touchdowns in the sectional final.
Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East running back Jamon Hogan, for the second time this season, was named Athlete of the Week by TheHHCSports.com.

Hogan exploded for 247 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the No.4 Olympians conquered Whiteland 56-31 in the Class 5-A sectional championship. Hogan ripped off long TD runs of 42 and 79 yards, powering East (11-1) to the regional at Zionsville.

TheHHCSports.com will honor the best performance during each week during the fall, winter and spring sessions of the 2016-17 seasons. Jeffersonville running back Jordan Barnett, Madison receiver Clayton Hamby, Columbus East quarterback Josh Major, Floyd Central’s offensive line, New Albany running back Darquan Richardson, Seymour quarterback Alan Perry and Columbus East’s defense were honored in previous weeks.

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FOOTBALL: Stars so close, but couldn’t close

BNL finished Steve Weber's fourth season as head coach with a 4-6 record.

BNL finished Steve Weber’s fourth season as head coach with a 4-6 record.

BNL finishes Weber’s

fourth season at 4-6

with frustrating losses

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

For the first time in Steve Weber’s four-year tenure as Bedford North Lawrence’s head coach, the Stars did not increase their win total from the previous season. Now that’s a difficult standard to maintain over an extended period, but with a few last-minute reversals of fortune and fate, BNL could have easily continued that trend in 2016.

The microcosm of BNL’s 4-6 campaign is simple: Painfully close. BNL, despite constant shuffling of personnel because of injuries, was competitive but yet found frustrating ways to lose., most of them traceable to mistakes or defensive softness.

BNLs Austin Jovanovich powers his way for yards. BNL starters have only played the first half in each of the first two games.

BNL senior Austin Jovanovich led the Stars in rushing with 427 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Perhaps one of these days, in the not-so-distant future, BNL will learn how to win those. To get there, the Stars must figure out why they currently fall short. The most obvious starting point is on the defensive side.

Over the last eight games, discarding the two shutouts that came against opponents that went a combined 1-19 (yes, Indianapolis Marshall did win a game), BNL allowed 33.9 points per game. During that span, the Stars surrendered 196 yards per game and 6 yards per carry. That’s too much, too easy.

“Defensively, we struggled to find certain positions,” Weber said. “We got close, but when you have kids in and out, it’s hard to get that chemistry. That makes it hard.”

That’s an obvious analysis. Now it’s time to dig a little deeper.

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East’s Major named Athlete of the Week

Columbus East quarterback Josh Major was named Athlete of the Week for the second time. Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East quarterback Josh Major was named Athlete of the Week for the second time.
Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East quarterback Josh Major, for the second time this season, was named Athlete of the Week by TheHHCSports.com.

Major ran for 161 yards and one touchdown, plus he completed all four of his passes and threw for two TDs, in only one half of action as the Class 5-A No.4 Olympians crushed Martinsville 49-9 in the sectional semifinal.

TheHHCSports.com will honor the best performance during each week during the fall, winter and spring sessions of the 2016-17 seasons. Jeffersonville running back Jordan Barnett, Madison receiver Clayton Hamby, Columbus East running back Jamon Hogan, Floyd Central’s offensive line, New Albany running back Darquan Richardson, Seymour quarterback Alan Perry and Columbus East’s defense were honored in previous weeks.

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FOOTBALL: Highlander Heartbreak for BNL

Floyd Central's Zach Rodgers eyes the end zone. Rodgers and the Highlanders stopped the Stars 40-34 in the Sectional 16 semifinal on Friday night.

Floyd Central’s Zach Rodgers eyes the end zone. Rodgers and the Highlanders stopped the Stars 40-34 in the Sectional 16 semifinal on Friday night.

Floyd Central advances

with wild 40-34 victory

over Stars in sectional

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

On one side, pain. The kind that never heals. The anguish that cuts deep, the sorrow that suffocates, the tears that flow from the soul.

On the other side, ecstasy. The joy that is indescribable. The emotion that explodes, the bliss that smothers, the rush that charges from the heart.

When the classic sectional confrontation ended Friday night, Bedford North Lawrence mourned the death of its season, while Floyd Central celebrated a just, deserved, earned victory in a rematch of almost-equal teams. The Highlanders proved better, for the second time, but this one had the sense of a fantastic escape as Floyd conquered the Stars 40-34 in a wild and gut-wrenching battle of tournament survival.

BNL's Logan McDonald catches FC quarterback Matt Weimer for a safety.

BNL’s Logan McDonald catches FC quarterback Matt Weimer for a safety.

Floyd Central (7-3) advanced to host the Class 5-A Sectional 16 final and will face defending champion No.10 Castle (a 21-14 winner over Evansville North in the other semifinal) next week. BNL bowed out at 4-6.

The Stars did everything except win. They owned the lead most of the night. They had the final possession, with a chance to rip victory from Floyd’s nervous hands. They were 26 yards away from glory. They never got there.

The Highlanders finally found a way to stop the march, smashing through to twice tackle BNL running back Wyatt Martin in the backfield, then twice pressuring quarterback McCall Ray into desperate throws. That’s how it ended. How it got to that point was a thrilling story of guts, determination and a total willingness to sacrifice everything. It’s the way football should be played.

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HHC Roundup: Center Grove crushes Devils

Center Grove, the defending Class 6-A state champion, pounded Jeffersonville 62-6 in the sectional semifinal.

The No.3 Trojans (9-1) rolled up 489 rushing yards while running over the Red Devils (4-6). Trevor Hohlt and Russ Yeast paced the ground attack with 105 yards apiece as Center Grove averaged 13 yards per carry. Center Grove will visit Columbus North in the Sectional 8 final next week.

Yeast ran for three touchdowns and Hohlt added two. The Devils didn’t get on the board until Jordan Barnett’s 6-yard run with 4:16 left.

Columbus North 56, New Albany 6: The Bull Dogs took advantage of three turnovers while cruising to a 42-0 halftime lead.

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FOOTBALL: Stars shifting from idle to postseason gear

McCall Ray scrambles away from Floyd Central's Trevor Clark.

BNL quarterback McCall Ray and the Stars will clash with Floyd Central in Sectional 16 on Friday night.

BNL faces tough rematch

with Floyd Central in first

round of Class 5-A sectional

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

After an idle week, Bedford North Lawrence will look to shift into high gear against a familiar, slow-lane foe as it turns onto the state tournament road.

The Stars (4-5) will face conference rival Floyd Central (6-3) in the semifinal round of Class 5-A Sectional 16 on Friday night. The winner will clash with either defending champion Castle (6-3) or Evansville North (3-6) in the final on Nov. 4.

If those pairings seem common, they should. Those are the exact same first-round battles as last year in the four-team sectional, and BNL won the postseason encounter with the Highlanders last season before bowing to the Knights in the championship.

Jason Cundiff looks for running room. Cundiff scored two touchdowns for the Highlanders in the second half.

Jason Cundiff and the Highlanders ran over BNL 39-23 in the regular-season game on Sept 30.

But this time is different. Last year the Stars swept Floyd, winning the regular-season game at FC before returning there and posting a 17-0 victory in the sectional opener. Now the Highlanders hope to return the favor, heading to BNL for a rematch after smacking the Stars 39-23 on Sept. 30.

BNL needed the week off between the regular-season finale with HHC champion Columbus East and the second round with Floyd Central.

“We’re still trying to recover from the last time we played Floyd,” BNL coach Steve Weber said. “We used it to get the motors revved back up. At this point in the season, the kids are beat up, they’re tired. So it was good to get away from it and get freshened up.”

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