SJ Central edges Winnetonka

By Levi Smith News-Press Now
Posted: October 19, 2018 - 9:47 PM

On senior night, Central’s seniors stepped up.

Running back Hunter Madison led the team with the majority of a team total 301 rushing yards, and defensive back Trevor Meyer picked off a Griffins' pass late in the first half to propel the Indians to a thrilling 39-35 win over Winnetonka on Friday at Noyes Field.

It’s been a frustrating season for the Indians (2-7), but as the team played one of their most complete outings of the year, coach Reggie Trotter said the resilient attitude his players have directly corresponds with their growth on the field.

“These guys have never quit. Probably the question I get the most is, ‘How are the kids holding up?’ You know what, these guys come to work and fight every single day,” Trotter said. “I’ve been really proud of the way this team is coming together and fighting for each other. It’s a great feeling to come out with a win on senior night at home.”

Central established the ground game from the first drive, chewing up the field to set up a touchdown for senior Luke Sweerink, his first of two on the night, that gave Central the lead over the Griffins (1-8).

The team’s exchanged scoring, but with Winnetonka driving late in the first half, Meyer picked off Winnetonka sophomore Jovan Satterwhite to set up the go-ahead score by Madison to take a 20-14 lead.

Trotter touched on this late half succession of plays.

“We made some big plays here and there, and that interception by Trevor Meyer right before the half really set the tone and allowed us to get the ball in the end zone right before the half. It really made the difference, and looking at the end result that extra score really helped us for sure,” Trotter said. “And any time Hunter Madison is in the backfield, that’s a plus for us for sure. We’ve been really missing him these last couple weeks, because he’s been banged up. He’s the type of back where if he gets just a little bit of space he can makes things happen like he did.”

Meyer’s interception was a pleasant surprise for the team at large, but perhaps even more unexpected for him.

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