SELLERSBURG — Silver Creek’s season came to an end in a muddy 23-15 loss to Edgewood in Friday’s Class 4A Sectional 23 semifinal.
The Dragons (7-4) fell behind by two possessions late in the fourth quarter, but an offensive push and blocked extra point with just minutes remaining kept hope alive.
After Mustang running back Levon Bellemy dashed 57 yards into the red zone about halfway through the final frame, Eithan Jacobs capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to give Edgewood (8-3) a 23-7 lead.
After the Dragons’ defense stepped up on the following drive by forcing a punt, a huge gain by Landers pushed his offense into Mustangs territory. An interception by Edgewood’s Levon Bellamy, however, put an end to the comeback.
“We faced some adversity,” Silver Creek coach John Dablow said. “We had three starters go down and we had some guys that really stepped up and kept fighting. In the second half, we had a couple turnovers, but we kept fighting and kept pushing. Right there at the end, we had a chance to tie the ball game and put it into overtime. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. But the effort was great by the guys that had to replace some guys that had been playing for us all year.”
Aside from the interception, three other plays stood out as having a significantly negative impact on the Dragons’ chances.
The first came about halfway through the third quarter when the Mustangs scooped up a botched Silver Creek lateral and returned it all the way into the red zone.
The Dragons put up a fight on the ensuing drive by forcing a fourth-and-goal from the 1. Schuyler Curtis, however, charged through the line on a keeper to extend Edgewood’s lead to 14-7.
A blocked punt by the Mustangs that set them up at the Silver Creek 19 to start the fourth quarter was the final game-changer before the pick. They ultimately had to settle for a field goal, but the damage was done.
The Dragons mustered just 185 total yards on offense. Josh Landers led the team with 95 yards through the air and 26 yards on the ground. Ben Landers finished with 29 yards rushing and Silver Creek’s other touchdown.
Bellamy ran for 127 yards for Edgewood.
The loss ended Silver Creek’s eighth full season fielding a football team. According to Dablow, the Dragons’ departing seniors will graduate as the winningest class in that time.
“I’ve been a part of a couple startup programs and I hope that this senior group has established the fact that Silver Creek is no longer a startup program, but is a football program,” Dablow said. “I think we were able to do that. Teams are no longer able to say, ‘Oh, we’re playing Silver Creek this week.’ They’ve got to get ready for the game and prepare and the reason for that is the seniors and how hard they’ve worked. They’ve set the tone for the future and we’ve got a lot of guys coming back. We’re excited to see where we go from here.”
The Mustangs host Class 3A No. 3 and defending state champion East Central (10-1) for the sectional championship next week. The Trojans edged South Dearborn 9-7 in the other semifinal.
CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 23
EDGEWOOD 23, SILVER CREEK 15
Edgewood 7 0 7 9—23
Silver Creek 0 7 0 8—16
E — Ethan Jacobs 1 run (Austin Heckman kick), 1:45.
S — Ben Landers 1 run (Jonathan McIntyre kick), 4:22.
E — Schuyler Curtis 1 run (Heckman kick), 4:19.
E — Heckman 28 field goal, 8:40.
E — Jacobs 7 run (kick blocked), 5:05.
S — Easton Messer 9 run (Josh Landers run), 4:00.
Edgewood (4-5-27-0) — Curtis 4-5-27-0.
Silver Creek (10-20-95-1) — J. Landers 10-20-95-1.
Edgewood (45-130) — Levon Bellamy 26-130, Jacobs 5-12, Curtis 13-4, Heckman 1-minus 16.
Silver Creek (32-84) — B. Landers 7-29, J. Landers 13-26, Messer 3-16, Elijah Bays 7-9, Heath Knight 2-4..
Edgewood — David Brown 2-20, Shane Wickens 1-5, Tyler Martin 1-2.
Silver Creek — Jacob Graf 4-29, Bays 2-4, Knight 2-21, B. Landers 1-19, Dylan Goodlett 1-2.
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