Kyle Hill (@Coach_Kyle_Hill)
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Indiana Preps Game Recap: Sectional 32 – Semifinals:
Gibson Southern @ Southridge – 10/30/2020
Huntingburg, Indiana: What a game I was able to witness on Friday Night at Raider Field! Two top-10 ranked teams in Class 3A in a close, tight football game.
The Raiders were able to stop Gibson Southern’s first drive after Kaleb Wibbeler intercepted Brady Allen’s pass. Southridge capitalized with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a Chase Taylor 5-yard TD pass to Camden Gasser.
The Titans were eventually able to cut into the Raiders’ lead, as Ryan Ziliak connected on a 31-yard FG to make it 7-3 in favor of Southridge. The Raiders were able to immediately respond with a 57-yard TD pass from Taylor to Gasser to make it 14-3.
Gibson Southern, on its next possession, which was keyed by a 53-yard pass from Allen to Logan Murfin, ended up converting the drive with a FG, as Ziliak connected again from 31 yards to make it 14-6 in favor of Southridge.
Gibson Southern then capitalized on a Southridge turnover, ending the ensuing possession, just before the end of the First Half, with a 10-yard pass from Allen to Rory Heltsley. The conversion was no good, and Southridge took a 14-12 lead into the locker room.
Southridge responded with a 10-play, 63-yard drive to open the Second Half, a drive that ended with Taylor and Gasser connecting for a third time (this one from 18 yards out) to make it 21-12 in favor of the Raiders.
What followed was a crazy sequence of events, as the following events happened on the next handful of possessions: Southridge blocks the GS punt; GS forces a turnover (Carter Green interception of Taylor); a high GS snap results in a Safety for Southridge (making it 23-12 in favor of the Raiders); GS Free Kick; Southridge lost fumble on the first play following the return of the free kick; Allen connects with Murfin on a 17-yard TD (off a deflection).
The Titans’ 2-Point Conversion (Pass) was good, cutting the Southridge lead to 3, 23-20, with 2:10 remaining in the 3rd Quarter.
With the game hanging in the balance as the Fourth Quarter started, Gibson Southern put together a drive and moved into field goal position, but was unable to convert the game-tying FG. Southridge responded with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that Taylor capped with a 2-yard run.
The Titans were able to cut into the Southridge lead, as Allen connected with Heltsley from 7 yards out with :42.1 remaining. The Titans’ onside kick was recovered by Southridge, and the Raiders held on for a 30-27 victory in a thrilling game.