INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Halftime adjustments proved the trick for Jimtown, sending it to its fourth Indiana high school football championship Friday.

Tied 7-7 at the break, Jimtown moved 56 yards in 14 plays to score the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard run by Ryan Konrath before defeating North Posey 35-7 in the Indiana Class 2A high school championship game.

“We kicked it in, both sides of the ball. The defense stepped it up, played very well, and our offense just started pounding them,” said Konrath, who led all backs with 63 yards on 16 carries.

The first of Konrath’s two second half touchdowns capped a drive that consumed 6 minutes, 39 seconds to start the second half. The Jimmies (14-1) converted four times on third down en route to the score, with no play gaining more than nine yards. Konrath accumulated 17 yards on six carries and quarterback John Soli gained 21 on four carries during the drive.

North Posey (12-3) had only one serious shot at tying the game after that. On its first possession of the second half the Vikings moved from their 10 to the Jimtown 25. The threat ended with North Posey turning the ball over on downs after four consecutive incomplete passes. Jimtown then moved 75 yards in 12 plays to take a 21-7 advantage on Konrath’s second 2-yard scoring run.

“In the second half they were content to get three-, four- or five-yard runs. Jimtown didn’t make any big plays, but they kept making third-down conversions,” said North Posey coach Joe Gengelbach, who had the Vikings playing for their first state football championship.

Jimtown accumulated 164 yards rushing on 47 plays. North Posey was never able to get its ground game going and netted only 40 yards on 21 carries.

Interceptions set up a pair of fourth quarter scores by the Jimmies, who closed their season with nine consecutive victories after suffering its only loss to Class 4A Concord in September. Jimtown beat Cass 28-13 in the northern semistate.

Brian DeShone picked off a Josh Wagner pass and returned it 76 yards for a score, giving Jimtown a 28-7 advantage.

“When I got that, I knew it was over, I knew we were state champs. It’s great,” DeShone said. “We talked some stuff over at halftime. … We were ready to jump them.”

On the following possession, Garrett Kavas intercepted a Wagner pass and returned it 19 yards to the North Posey 11. Four plays later, Soli scored on a 7-yard run.

“Soli has done a great job for us all season. If you look back at our run in the tournament, he has made play after play after play,” said Jimtown coach Bill Sharpe.

The teams exchanged fumbles on their first possessions of the game before North Posey moved 77 yards in 13 plays to take the early lead. Jared Baehl carried two tacklers into the end zone from the 5-yard line to cap a drive that consumed 6 minutes, 47 seconds.

Jimtown then drove from its 37 to the Vikings’ 22 before North Posey’s defense stiffened and the Jimmies settled for a 29-yard field goal attempt by DeShone. It went wide right.

The Jimmies tied the game at 7-7 when Ross Bauman, on a punt return, took a step to his right and then reversed direction to go 55 yards down the left sideline without being touched for a touchdown.

“When I saw the wall form, I knew we were in trouble,” Gengelback said. “In the second half, they had great ball control, and we couldn’t make enough first downs.”

The IHSAA’s mental attitude award was presented to North Posey’s Ryan Kerney after the game.

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