Friday, November 4, 2016
LaVille High School
SOUTHWOOD 43, LAVILLE 40
WABASH, IN. – The game was back-and-forth all night.
After all, it was for the Class 1A, Sectional #43 Championship.
LaVille hadn’t won a football sectional since 2003.
Southwood hadn’t won a football sectional since 2002.
LaVille was known as a running team.
Southwood a passing team.
Something had to give.
In the end, Southwood converted a 2nd-and-goal from the eight into a touchdown with 0.8 seconds remaining to eliminate LaVille, 43-40.
LaVille opened the game with a 3-play, 87 yard drive, highlighted by a 59-yard touchdown run by Ethan Kertai. The snap on the PAT attempt was low and run following failed.
Southwood would score on a 10-play drive and added the PAT for a 7-6 lead.
The Lancers scored their second touchdown when Rylan Martin hit pay dirt from six yards out. The two-point conversion was good and LHS was back on top, 14-7.
Southwood used the passing game to tie the game at 14-14 on a long pass play that ended the first quarter.
LaVille took the lead again as Kertai found the end zone from 20 yards out, followed by a 58 yard run that ended in a TD.
The Knights rallied just before halftime to score on another pass play and narrowed the margin to 27-21.
After a David King interception game the Lancers the ball at the Southwood 35, Rylan Martin found the end zone on a 15 yard burst up the middle that ended with Martin diving for the goal line.
Southwood would score on consecutive possessions to take a 36-33 lead.
The Lancers showed poise by answering the scores by taking the ball 15 plays and 59 yards to take the lead, 40-36. Martin once again found the goal line.
Then, after a ruled fumble near the goal line, Southwood took the ball the final 80 yards in 1:08 to end a historic Lancer season.
The Lancers finish the season with a 10 – 2 overall record, 7-1 in the HNAC, and advanced to the sectional championship for the third straight season.
The 10 victories was the most in a season since the 1982 team finished the season at 10-3.
The senior class finishes their career with a 32-14 record, best among any senior class in LaVille football history.