Brownstown accumulated 292 yards rushing and owned time of possession en route to a 30-7 win over Evansville Memorial Friday night in a Class 3A regional championship matchup.
The victory marks the first-ever regional crown for the Braves (12-1) on the 3A level. Ninth-ranked Brownstown advances to a semi-state bout at No. 13 Lawrenceburg Friday at 7:30 p.m. With a win, the Braves clinch a spot in the 3A state title game at Lucas Oil Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 26.
Senior wing back Gavin Bane opened scoring for Brownstown Friday with a 10-yard run late in the first quarter, preceding a 45-yard touchdown run from senior quarterback Kyle Kramer that extended the Braves’ lead to 14-0. A 44-yard touchdown connection between the two sent Brownstown into halftime with a 22-0 lead.
Junior running back Gus Hogan posted a one-yard touchdown run to close scoring for Brownstown with more than six minutes left in the third. The Braves attempted two-point conversions throughout and converted three of four.
Olympians win first 5A regional
Columbus East captured its fifth regional crown in the past six years by way of a 42-35 win at Zionsville on Friday. It’s the first 5A regional title for the Olympians.
No. 4 in the final 5A AP poll, Columbus East (12-1) is set for a semi-state bout at No. 3 Bloomington South (11-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. Winner advances to a state-title matchup against No. 1 Fort Wayne Snider or No. 5 Westfield.
The Olympians led 35-28 at the break and extended it to a two-possession game as junior quarterback Josh Major dashed 48 yards for a touchdown in the third. Major had two rushing touchdowns to add to Jamon Hogan’s four for Columbus East.