Southridge Wins Football State Championship

Indianapolis (NNDC) – The 2017 Southridge Raiders football team became instant legends Saturday afternoon with a heart-pounding, come-from-behind victory over Woodlan at Lucas Oil Stadium to win the IHSAA Class 2A football state championship, the Raiders first gridiron state title in four tries.

Raider coach Scott Buening gambled and won after the Raiders scored with 1:22 left in the game on a Jayce Harter to Tucker Shank pass, cutting the Warriors’ lead to 14-13. Needing a PAT to tie the game and a possible overtime, Buening decided to gamble for the win and go for broke – go for the lead with a two-point conversion. The same Harter-to Shank combination clicked again and it proved to be the game-winner as the Raiders stopped Woodlan in the closing moments and held on for a 15-14 win.

After spotting Woodlan a 7-0 lead in the opening moments of the game, the Raiders pulled even with 2:08 left in the first quarter with a 6-play, 71-yard drive capped off with an 8-yard touchdown run by Colin Smith and a PAT kick by Jeovany Dubon.

Neither team scored in the second and third quarters before Woodlan scored 31 seconds into the fourth period on a 13-yard Justin Durken to Ah’Lan Howard pass and the extra point, giving the Warriors a 14-7 lead. It appeared it was going to hold up as Woodlan had the ball and the lead with only 2:40 on the clock. That’s when Southridge’s Jacob Masterson intercepted a Woodlan pass and returned it to the Raider’s 33 yard line. The Harter to Shank TD pass and 2-point conversion followed 78 seconds later and the rest is history – the Southridge Raiders are State Champions.




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