Tell City overcomes shaky start to topple Vikings

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TELL CITY—Tell City dominated the last three quarters to beat North Posey 20-7 in PAC football Friday.
Tell City trailed 7-0 after the first quarter but mounted a 73-yard touchdown drive early in the second quarter.
That drive included nice runs by Elliott Brown, Brennan Malone and Reese Miller and was capped by Brown’s 18-yard touchdown run to the left side.
The extra-point kick was no good, though, leaving the Vikings ahead 7-6.
Late in the first half the Marksmen mounted a drive based mostly on passes, though it did include a 17-yard run by Miller on a fake-punt play.
Spenser Beard caught an 11-yard pass from Malone for the touchdown, though he was not the intended receiver. The ball was tipped once or twice before it ended up in Beard’s hands in the end zone.
“I just saw it go through a lot of people and then someone said we got a touchdown,” said Tell City Coach Ryan George.
Beard kicked the extra point to put the Marksmen up 13-7 with eight seconds left in the first half.
After North Posey punted in the third quarter, Tell City mounted an 80-yard touchdown drive mostly on runs by Brown, though it also included a 16-yard run by Miller.
Brown scored the touchdown on a 34-yard run that included several nice cuts to dodge tackles.
Chris Schaefer intercepted a pass on North Posey’s next play.
But after partially blocking a Tell City punt, the Vikings took over on the Tell City 38-yard line late in the third quarter.
They drove to the Tell City 8 before Brown sacked quarterback James Marshall for a 10-yard loss. That led to the Vikings turning the ball over on downs two plays later.
Tell City then ran out the clock, with Brown gaining four first downs and Malone one.
Brown rushed for 197 yards on 34 carries.
Miller added 56 yards on seven carries and Malone 40 yards on nine carries as the Marksmen ran for 312 yards, nearly tripling North Posey’s rushing total.
They had trouble containing North Posey’s passing game early, though. The Vikings completed their first five passes, including a 14-yard touchdown strike from Marshall to Derek Lindauer with 2:52 left in the first quarter.
“They ran good routes and we were out of position a few times,” said George. “I thought we made some good adjustments at halftime, though. Chris did a heck of a job on that interception—he played it about as well as you can.”
The Marksmen fumbled a handoff on their next possession and North Posey recovered it. And their offensive line didn’t seem to be making as strong a push as usual in first quarter.
“I think we were just not mentally ready to play (at the start),” said George. “I think we’re healthy physically but we’ve got some growing up to do mentally.”
With its first win over the Vikings since 2007, Tell City improved to 5-2 overall, 3-2 in the PAC. North Posey fell to 2-5 overall, 1-5 in the conference.
Tell City will visit Gibson Southern, which is ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A, Friday at 7 p.m.