Boys Varsity Football · 12th-ranked Braves claim 56-19 TRC victory over Wabash Apaches


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The Maconaquah Braves, ranked #12 in the latest AP Class 3A poll, used a strong second half performance to dismantle the host Wabash Apaches, 56-19, in soggy Three Rivers Conference action Friday night.
Maconaquah, now 6-2 (6-1 TRC) on the year, can claim a share of the league championship next Friday with a win at Rochester and a Southwood loss at Tippecanoe Valley. Southwood is rolling along with a perfect 8-0 record. The league win ties a MHS record for most consecutive conference victories.
After a sluggish first half performance, Coach Austin Colby’s Braves regrouped and completely dominated the final 24 minutes, scoring on their first four possessions and getting a defensive score early in the fourth period when senior Aaron McKinley recovered a botched Apache punt in the endzone.
Maconaquah’s halftime defensive adjustments shut down a fired-up Wabash squad that rushed for 190 yards in the first half. Including the failed punt attempt, the Apaches were held to negative 29 yards in the last half of play. Since it’s season-opener at Southwood, the Braves have outscored their opponents 144-12 in the second half.
After trailing 7-0 and 13-7 in the opening period, Mac’s offense got rolling in the second stanza as the Braves put together back-to-back scoring drives to take a slim 21-19 lead at intermission. After Jared Blake’s first quarter TD run, quarterback Nolan Kelly gave MHS it’s first lead of the game early in the second period with a keeper from a yard out. On the Braves next possession Kelly teamed up with Carter Little for a 21-yard scoring strike with just :11 showing on the clock, 21-19. Richie Leary converted all three PAT kicks and became the all-time PAT scoring leader at Maconaquah, surpassing the previous record (49) set by Clark Chambers during his 1966-68 career as a Brave.
Little scored two more times in the third quarter and added Mac’s first TD in the fourth period as the lead ballooned to 42-19 with 9:46 left in the game. The one-two junior punch of Little and Blake took its toll in the second half as the Braves rushed for 448 yards, fifth-highest in school history. The Braves have rushed for over 400 yards in three of their last four games. Little led the way with 182 yards on 20 carries, while Blake was right behind with a career-high 181 yards on 17 attempts. Blake’s two TD’s moved him past former MHS greats Eric Maris and Alan Mills into seventh place on the career scoring list at Maconaquah with 138 points. Little now has 224 points in his career, trailing only Cody Hicks who is Mac’s all-time leader with 314 points.
Unofficially, Garrett Spohn led the defensive attack with 12 tackles, inluding a qb sack and five for loss. Cole Wininger had eight, while Nate Harding (7) and Bryce Smyth (6) also chipped in with stops.