The Royals had a chance to add to their lead before halftime, but after completing a pass to the two with six seconds left and no timeouts they elected to go for a touchdown. Jamitreus Crockham was stuffed at the line to keep it 14-3 at halftime.
“Turnovers were really good and I thought we could capitalize on them but we didn’t get a single point off of them,” McWhorter said. “I thought the stop was significant and would give us some momentum in the second half and we had a couple stops early in the third quarter, but we couldn’t get anything going and they decided they could run it down our throats.”
Unfortunately, Zionsville’s offense struggled even more in the second half.
Zionsville gained only 41 second half yards and managed only one first down that was not granted via penalty.
The Eagle defense held strong, but The Royals closed than game out with a clock-killing 63-yard drive on its final possession. Hunter Hardee scored from two yards out with just under a minute to play to make the final margin 21-3.
“We have to find a way to score points and it is just painfully obvious to anyone who watches us,” McWhorter said. “We’re averaging barely double digits and that is not how this league goes. I don’t know where we go for those answers. We’re working as hard as we can and it is just not happening.”
Hardee finished the night with 125 yards on the ground and a touchdown, which was almost equal to Zionsville’s entire offensive output of 120 yards.