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It only took one play for Maconaquah faithful to see that the Braves were ready to end a winless 16-year IHSAA tournament drought dating back to 2002. Jared Blake’s 56-yard TD scamper on Maconaquah’ s first play from scrimmage (Colin Silvers conversion run) gave the Braves a quick 8-0 lead over visiting John Glenn Friday night in Sectional 27 first round action. The Braves, ranked 19th in the final AP poll, once again used a balanced rushing attack to pound the Falcons, 48-13 and earn a second-round matchup at Tippecanoe Valley (6-4) Friday night.
The win moved Coach Austin Colby’s Braves to 8-2 on the year, while the Falcons ended their season at 1-9. Colby becomes only the second coach in MHS history to win eight games and a sectional opener as a first-year head coach. Mike Berry was the first in
1987 when the Braves advanced to the sectional championship, losing to West Lafayette.
The Braves became only the fourth team in school history to win eight or more games and can tie the 1973 team (9-1) for most wins next week at Tipp Valley.
After Glenn took its only lead, 10-8, with a field goal to start the second quarter, Maconaquah used a punishing ground game to put the game away. With Blake, Colin Silvers and Carter Little each scoring two touchdowns in each half the Braves scored on six consecutive possessions after falling behind and lit up the scoreboard with the most points ever scored in a sectional game, erasing the previous record of 43 vs Peru in 1999.
The unofficial 388 rushing yards would also eclipse the tournament single-game rushing record of 385 set in the same game.
Silvers gave Mac the lead for good at 14-10 with a 40-yard TD gallop with 8:07 left in the first half. His one-yard plunge late in the third stanza would give MHS a 34-13 lead and move the sturdy senior into 10th place on the career-scoring list with 114 points. He would finish with 84 yards on eight carries.
Sandwiched in between Silvers’ two scores were short TD runs by Little and Blake. Little led the Braves with 131 yards on 11 carries, while Blake ended with 116 on nine totes. Little, already the school-record holder for most points by a sophomore in a single season (98), also picked off a Falcon pass late in the first period. It was Maconaquah’s 15th interception of the year.
Maconaquah’s lead ballooned to 41-13 at the end of three quarters when sophomore quarterback Nolan Kelly hit a wide-open Paxton Kintner with a 44-yard TD strike. Richie Leary added the PAT kick.
The Braves marched 70 yards in nine plays and used five minutes of clock to cap the record-setting night with 5:38 remaining when Little scored from the four and Leary added the perfect kick, 48-13.
The victory set up only the second-ever meeting between Maconaquah and Tipp Valley. The Vikings came away with a 29-13 win at Maconaquah in 1976.