Tucker's TD Shocks Sparkplugs 27-26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Kelly   
Sunday, 26 August 2012 04:01

Organizers of the Horseshoe Classic had to have a good inclination that the matchup between Speedway and Scecina Memorial was going to be a donnybrook. If not, they sure saved the best game of the series for last.

It was a typical knock-down, drag-out battle between two area football teams in the second week of the season for the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Class 1A, No. 2 Scecina Memorial fell behind early only to pull within striking distance before the Class 2A No. 6 Sparkplugs scored the winning touchdown late in the game. Or so they thought.

Senior quarterback Austin Angela scampered in from 10 yards to give Speedway a 26-21 lead with 2:03 remaining in the game and led by only five points when a two-point conversion failed after Scecina senior linebacker Connor Tooley batted down a pass, setting the stage for the comeback Crusaders.

Speedway did not have an effective kickoff game for four quarters and it continued on the ensuing kickoff when the Crusaders returned the ball to the 41 yard-line. The big play in this final series came on a 17-yard run by junior fullback Jordan Brown who ran down to the 27 yard-line. Four plays later, Brown managed to gain two yards for first down at the 17 with just eight seconds left in the game.

On the ensuing play, senior quarterback Robert Rennick scrambled and was able find senior wide receiver Jordan Tucker behind the defense and in the back of the end zone for the winning pass as time expired to give the Crusaders a 27-26 win in perhaps the most competitive game in the Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday. And Scecina Memorial pulled off one of the program's biggest wins many years.

Tucker describes game-winning play

Tucker expectledy was all smiles after the game when he talked to The Sports Chronicle.

"Our play was the ICC right jam and I had to get to a corner, but I was covered so I scrambled to get open and Robert did a great job in getting the ball to the back of the end zone. It is just an amazing feeling."

The Crusaders posted two wins to start the season for the first since their 2001 season when they won their first four games of the season on the way to a 10-2 record.

Scecina Memorial head football coach Ott Hurrle likes how his team was able to battle back in the game.

"Last year, we led a lot but talked about how we could not hold onto a lead," Hurrle said. "We stressed that they had to play hard for 48 minutes. We got that big play by Tucker at the end of the game and our other players played well, and we just have to carry this into the rest of our season."

Hurrle continued on how he hopes this win impacts his team.

"I hope this sets the tone for the rest of our season," Hurrle said. "We beat a very good team tonight and a hall of fame coach in Denny Pelley."

Click here to see slideshow from the game.






1955 ─ Six players have a hand in scoring as Scecina defeats Pike Township 27-0.

1965 ─ Sophomore Tommy Armour leads the city in passing for quarterbacks with 467 yards and four TDs.

1975 ─ Brebeuf garners 15 points to beat Scecina (45 points) in cross country.

1985 ─ Chatrand beats Scecina 15-3, 9-15, 15-3 in volleyball match.

1995 ─ Crusaders grab 16 first-place votes to grab top spot in Class 2A football poll.


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