ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — The weather was once again perfect for some Friday night high school football action at Alexandria as the Tigers hosted Madison-Grant in a Central Indiana Conference tilt. Alexandria took control of the game early en route to a 40-13 win over the visiting Argylls.
The Argylls opened the scoring with a 72-yard drive that culminated in a Luke Stroup touchdown run from 6 yards out with 8:08 left in the first quarter. The drive included a 40-yard run by Cameron Myers on a wide pitch play on a third-and-2.
“They (Madison-Grant) were running their pitch play a little wider than we thought,” Alexandria coach Pete Gast said.
The Tigers responded quickly with a 77-yard touchdown pass from Blaize Kelly to Mason Hoke on a third-and-13 from the 23. Hoke caught the pass over the middle, spun out of the tackle and sprinted toward the end zone.
“It’s our Achilles’ heel,” Madison-Grant coach Craig Barr said. “We’re our own worst enemy, we don’t deal well with success.”
After Anthony Thomas picked off Argyll quarterback Dakota Brooks on the next possession, the Tigers scored on a 10-yard pass from Kelly to Dane Johnson.
The Tigers scored again with 3:35 left in the half when Kelly tossed a short screen pass up the middle to Evan Hodges for a 36-yard score.
The Tigers again drove into Argyll territory late in the half but could not score.
Alexandria broke the game open early in the third as Hodges scored on a 39-yard run on the second play from scrimmage.
Madison-Grant mounted a drive to the Tigers’ 24-yard line but failed to convert on fourth down and turned the ball back to Alexandria.
The Argylls appeared to have stopped the Tigers on the next possession, forcing the Tigers into punt formation for the first time. But Kelly threw a screen pass to Hoke for a 33-yard gain and a first down. The Tigers finished the drive with Hodges going in from the 7.