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By MIKE SPRAGUE
POSEYVILLE—North Posey dominated offensively and defensively in beating Tell City 35-7 in the first round of the Class 2A football sectional Friday.
North Posey scored on its first possession, driving 63 yards. Alec Werry bootlegged around the left end for a 5-yard touchdown.
Tell City was forced to punt on its first possession. North Posey muffed the punt return, though, and Tell City recovered at the Viking 37.
However, the Marksmen were unable to gain a first down. On fourth-and-three from the North Posey 34, Tell City faked a punt. Reese Miller ran over the right side but did not get the first down.
On the Vikings’ ensuing possession Werry threw a 58-yard pass to James Marshall, who had gotten behind the Marksmen’s defense. On the next play Wes Harness ran 9 yards up the middle virtually untouched for the Vikings’ second touchdown.
Tell City threw an interception on its next possession.
On the next play Spenser Beard intercepted a Viking pass at the Marksmen 38. But Tell City was unable to capitalize.
After North Posey had extended its lead to 35-0 in the fourth quarter, Tell City took the ball at its 32. Elliott Brown’s first-down run gained nothing, but a personal foul face-mask penalty against the Vikings gave Tell City a first down.
Two plays later the Marksmen faced a third-and-9 from their 49-yard line. Brennan Malone threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Schaefer with 7:48 left in the game. Hunter Sandage kicked the extra point.
North Posey out-gained Tell City 380 total yards to 119. The Vikings completed 10 of 14 passes for 213 yards and rushed for 167 yards on 34 carries.
Brown led Tell City’s rushing attack with 23 carries for 52 yards.
“Last time we played them, they were in a four-man front,” Tell City Coach Ryan George noted about the Vikings. “Tonight they were in a five-man front. They shut us down with that.
“I told the kids that we made some steps this year, but you win and lose games in the offseason. I think our future is bright.”
Tell City finished the season with a 4-6 record. North Posey improved to 10-0.