Elkhart Central holds off rival Elkhart Memorial in tough season opener

Phillips ran for two scores, Antwaan Allen ran for one, threw for one.

Posted on Aug. 22, 2014 at 11:55 p.m.

ELKHART — Brutal. The hitting was brutal, the avalanche of flags was brutal and the steamy conditions became brutal.

Elkhart Central coach Levon Johnson was brutally honest about what his Blue Blazers had to do to survive rival Elkhart Memorial. Get in condition.

“We’ve talked all season about conditioning, that it would be cool for two-a-days and all of sudden it would get hot,” Johnson said after a 28-12 victory over the Crimson Chargers on Friday, Aug. 22.

“All summer we’ve been working on pace, working on conditioning and pace in practice,” Johnson said, “And that really helped us out tonight.”

Halfback Joe Phillips ran for two touchdowns and 125 yards while quarterback Antwaan Allen ran for a score and tossed a touchdown pass to Vinny Schnell as Central won the annual Mangy Lion game for a third straight season.

“We had too many guys both ways so that’s tough,” Memorial coach Bill Roggeman said. “I think it took more out of us that we would have liked. It’s a lot to build on because there were so many good things to build on.”

Memorial scored in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Christian Donovan and in the fourth quarter on a 8-yard punt return by Kaleb Summer.

Elkhart Central 28, Elkhart Memorial 12

Scoring by Quarters

Central 0 7  7  14 — 28

Memorial 0 6 0 0 — 12

School — Scoring Play

Second Quarter

C — Joe Phillips 1 run; Jacob Kaiser kick, 8:38.

M — Christian Donovan 1 run; kick failed, 7:45.

Third Quarter

C — Vinny Schnell 10 pass from Antwaan Allen; Kaiser kick, 4:50.

Fourth Quarter

M — Kaleb Summers 8 punt return; pass failed, 10:03.

C — Allen 3 run; Kaiser kick, 4:35.

C — Phillips 4 run; Kaiser kick, 2:03.

Officials: Dave Spencer, Tom Holobyn, Bruce Wirick, all of Granger; Mike Grenert, South Bend; Jim Weinberg, New Carlisle.

Team Statistics CEN MEM

Net yards rushing 214 91

Net yards passing 8 24

Total Yards 222 115

First Downs 9 6

Fumbles-Lost 1-1  4-1

Punts-Average 1-30 3-28

Penalties 12-101 9-81

Individual Leaders

Central: Rushing — Joe Phillips 24-125, Antwaan Allen 10-57.

Memorial: Rushing — Jaylin Rhodes 11-88, Christian Donovan 6-31.


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