By Travis Miller
It was a bittersweet night at Zionsville Community High School. Not only was it senior night for 29 seniors on the football team, it was the final regular season home game for coach Larry McWhorter. McWhorter entered with 150-58 record in 18 seasons that included seven sectional titles and the 1996 state championship.
While the 2013 season has been a struggle on offense, the defense has not been a disappointment. That defense helped to send McWhorter out a winner in his final home game at Zionsville with a 27-3 win.
“Well, the second half was definitely the most complete we have played all season, so I wouldn’t call it a complete game, but it was in the second half,” McWhorter said. “I was very pleased with the way we played on defense. No. 44 (Toks Akinribade) is a tremendous player and I don’t know what he got tonight, but it was far less than what he usually does.”
During the first 24 minutes the defense was completely dominant. It gave up only 16 yards and a single first down before Hunter Johnson completed a 37-yard pass to Bryce Tolle with just under a minute to play in the half. Zionsville held the Bulldogs (3-5) to only a 24-yard field goal from Brandon Dowers, however.
The defense gave Zionsville’s offense plenty of chances, but the Eagles could only cash in once in the opening half. Brad Guilinger and Caleb Cooley each intercepted Josh Hinkle in Brownsburg territory, with Guilinger’s coming in the end zone.
“Tonight was about our complete inability to move the football,” Brownsburg coach Brett Comer said.”We had two things working for us tonight in our defense and our special teams, but two thirds of my engine working is not enough. We’ve finally got some juniors that are vocal and upset and that’s really what we need going forward.”
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.