Cass enhanced its lead early in the fourth when McGehee broke loose again, this time from 24 yards, to make it 28-7, and Payton Young ran in the two-point conversion. But Mac answered quickly when K.J. Walton returned the ensuing kickoff 68 yards for a score to make it 28-14 with 7:35 to play.
But another interception by the 5-foot-4, 135-pound Zeck stopped Mac, and a two-yard TD plunge by Gabe Welch five plays later made it 34-14. On the conversion, 285-pound senior lineman Brady Barber played running back and capped the Kings’ senior night with a two-point run up the middle.
Maconaquah coach Mark Hartman was disappointed in his team’s performance. Coming in on a four-game win streak and bidding for their first five-game winning streak since 1991, the Braves hurt themselves with mistakes.
“It’s a simple fact,” he said, “we did not execute. We played well in spurts, but when you’re playing a team as well-coached and disciplined as Cass, you can’t play hit-and-miss football. You have to have all cylinders firing, and [Friday] we did not.”
Maconaquah hosts Taylor Friday to close the regular season. Maconaquah drew a home game against Fairfield in Class 3A Sectional 26.
— Mike Blatt
NORTHWESTERN 37, PERU 18
Northwestern’s football team scored a 37-18 victory over host Peru on Friday night in a Mid-Indiana Conference game that had a scary moment.
Northwestern two-way standout Michael Plummer collapsed to the field in the second quarter. The Tiger senior was seen going out to the huddle before he collapsed. He was taken by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital and then taken by LifeLine to Fort Wayne's Lutheran Hospital.
Northwestern coach John Hendryx reported over the weekend that Plummer had a concussion and was recovering. He underwent CT scans Friday night and Saturday, with the second one showing a reduction in the hemorrhage. Plummer remained in the hospital as of Sunday night.