Carson Steele’s debut and his 92 yards and 2 touchdowns could easily be the storyline in the rematch of Center Grove and Warren Central in the Class 6A South Regional. However, it would be the Trojans’ stellar performance by their defense that made the headline in the 28-14 Trojan win! Center Grove controlled the game on both sides of the ball. The offense led by Steele, gained 226 yards on the ground, eating up 30-minutes of possession time. Trojan quarterback Tayven Jackson was nearly perfect in the air, completing 6 of his 9 attempts, throwing 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Center Grove trailed by one-point heading into halftime after striking first in the opening period. The second half would be a different story. The Trojans outscored the Warriors 22-7. The defense kept Warriors’ stable of offensive weapons in check. Warriors’ quarterback Cobe Moore was rattled all night by the Trojans. Moore mustered up 130 yards passing on the night, completing 7 of his 16 pass attempts. His lone touchdown pass came in the second quarter. Warren Central’s “do-it-all” Randy Wells never found his groove. Wells was held to 54 yards rushing on 17 carries. The Trojans sacked the Warriors four times on the night. Wells and company gained just 67 yards rushing. Moore ran for a touchdown in the 4th quarter.
Center Grove limited Warren Central to 205 yards of offense and 11 first downs. Center Grove captured its 14th Regional Championship. In next week’s final four, the Trojans host MIC foe Ben Davis. They had little trouble with Giants in their first meeting, handing Ben Davis a 48-20 loss.