News and Tribune

October 13, 2012

H.S. FOOTBALL: NA, FC produce another thriller

Diehl’s overtime TD, Falcone’s PAT helps ‘Dogs beat Highlanders, 28-27


FLOYDS KNOBS — Floyd Central football coach Brian Glesing described his team’s latest rivalry game with New Albany perfectly on Friday night at Ron Weigleb Stadium.

“It was a typical New Albany-Floyd Central game,” Glesing said.

You can say that again.

After Bulldog quarterback Michael Diehl made a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the game in the first overtime, place-kicker Vincent Falcone converted the all-important extra-point kick to give New Albany a dramatic 28-27 win.

The Bulldogs (5-4, 4-3 Hoosier Hills Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak in their series with the Highlanders. Friday’s contest marked the fifth time in seven New Albany-Floyd Central rivalry games that the final margin has been two points or less.

“They’ve had our number. Also, these kids went 1-9 last year, so they were motivated,” Bulldogs’ coach Charlie Fields said. “[The Bulldogs] understand now that this plan for our program works.”

Floyd Central kicker Ryan Lenz had a chance to win the contest in regulation with 3.2 seconds to go. But his 35-yard field-goal attempt landed 2 yards short of the crossbar, sending the game to overtime.

After the Highlanders (2-7, 2-5) decided to go on offense after winning the coin toss, Floyd Central quarterback Colton Kimm threw the ball on fourth-and-goal at the New Albany 7-yard line to Nick Uhl in the right corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Glesing decided to go for the two-point conversion. But running back Chase Herron failed to get into the end zone on a running play, giving the Highlanders a 27-21 lead.

“Our team held them when they went for two, and that was a key stop,” Fields said. “When you go to overtime, you want to play defense first. They want that challenge.”

Glesing went for two because his team had struggled making extra-point kicks throughout the season. Not only did Lenz miss the 35-yard field goal, he also misfired on an extra-point try earlier in the game.

“Our percentage of getting extra points is not very good this year,” Glesing said. “There was no doubt we were going for two.”

On New Albany’s overtime possession, Diehl started the series with a 7-yard pass to James Ray. After a 1-yard run by Tuwan Payton on second-and-goal, Diehl scored the tying touchdown with a 2-yard plunge into the end zone.

That was followed by Falcone’s dramatic point-after-touchdown kick.

“Their kicking game was better than our kicking game today,” Glesing said.

A long run got the Highlanders on the scoreboard first. On their first possession of the contest, Uhl capped off an eight-play, 73-yard touchdown run on an off-tackle play to put Floyd Central up 7-0 with 9:02 left in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs drove the ball 47 yards on their first series down to the Highlander 16. But Falcone missed a 33-yard field goal wide right at the 5:29 mark in the opening quarter.

During the second quarter, the Highlanders drove the ball 74 yards to the New Albany 15. But on fourth-and-9, Kimm threw an incomplete pass into the end zone to turn the ball over on downs with 2:08 remaining in the opening half.

Glesing felt the turning point in the game happened before that drive. On fourth-and-19 at the New Albany 11 with the Bulldogs lined up to punt, Floyd Central got called for a roughing-the-kicker penalty that gave New Albany a first down.

Even though the Bulldogs did not score on the possession, Glesing thought the momentum of the game turned his rival’s way and helped New Albany flip field position in its favor.

“The roughing-the-kicker penalty was the difference,” Glesing said. “We would have gone up 14-0 on them if that didn’t happen.”

The Bulldogs got their first touchdown inside 2 minutes before halftime. Following a 31-yard reception by New Albany wide receiver Jarred Jones, Diehl hit wideout Ravon Wright on a quick slant. Wright took the ball from the right side to the left for a 54-yard TD reception at the 1:46 mark, tying the score at seven.

Floyd Central took a 13-7 lead with 3:57 left in the third quarter as Herron made a 3-yard run. But Lenz missed the extra point to keep the Highlanders’ lead at six points.

With 1.1 seconds left in regulation, Diehl hit Jones on a 5-yard TD pass to put the Bulldogs up 14-13.

Herron got the lead back for the Highlanders with eight minutes left in regulation on a 27-yard TD run, followed by him running into the end zone for a 2-point conversion to put Floyd up 21-14.

Diehl tied the score at 21 with a 1-yard TD run with 4:38 remaining.

Both teams will have first-round games in Class 5A Sectional 8 next Friday. New Albany will travel to Jeffersonville, while the Highlanders will host Class 5A No. 3 Castle.



New Albany    0 7 7 7 7—28

Floyd Central    7 0 6 8 6—27

First Quarter

    FC — Nick Uhl 43 run (Ryan Lenz kick), 9:02.

Second Quarter

    NA — Ravon Wright 54 pass from Michael Diehl (Vincent Falcone kick), 1:46.

Third Quarter

    FC — Chase Herron 3 run (kick failed), 3:57.

    NA — Jarred Jones 5 pass from Diehl (Falcone kick), :01.1.

Fourth Quarter

    FC — Herron 27 run (Herron run), 8:00.

    NA — Diehl 1 run (Falcone kick), 4:38.

First Overtime

    FC — Uhl 7 pass from Colton Kimm (run failed).

    NA — Diehl 2 run (Falcone kick).