ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
Once again, the Tigers had an answer. Alex went on an 11-play, 64-yard drive that chewed up more than five minutes of the clock and was capped by a Kelly pass to Drew Johnson on fourth-and-2.
Mississinewa continued the see-saw battle with a touchdown drive of its own to trim the advantage to 28-20 when Dailey snuck in from the 1.
After failing to get a first down on a fourth-and-short, the Tigers’ defense and Indians’ penalties forced Mississinewa into a third-and-34. The Indians punted to the Tigers with six minutes left in the game.
One stop and the Indians had a shot to tie. Instead, Hodges took a handoff from Kelly and sprinted to the left sideline, outrunning several Indian defenders on a 68-yard romp to the end zone on the first play from scrimmage.
Mississinewa showed life, driving deep into Alex territory, but Kelly picked off a Dailey pass at the goalline, and the Tigers were able to run out the clock and pick up win No. 3 on the season.
More importantly for the Tigers, it’s a CIC win and a big one.
“It (the win) was huge,” Gast said. “We are now right in the thick of things in the conference. We believe a two-loss team can win this conference. Going in, we felt Eastbrook and Mississinewa were two of the favorites. To get one of those two puts us in a good position to keep competing.”
The road does not get easier for Alexandria (3-1, 1-1 CIC) as Oak Hill comes calling next Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Gast felt the team did not defend the wing T offense well at Eastbrook, and Oak Hill runs the same scheme. For tonight, however, the focus was on a huge home win.
“Credit to our boys, they played physical, they played tough, they played battered and bruised, and I’m proud of them,” Gast said.