ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
Regarding the game, Cress said his kids are brittle and couldn’t overcome the miscues.
“Our kids are really fragile, a turnover and a quick score and we kind of drop our heads,” he said. “They’ve been like that all year. If everything keeps going right, then we’re pretty good.”
On the other sideline, Tigers coach Pete Gast spoke glowingly of the fact this is the first time since 2002 the Tigers have won a sectional game and the first seven-win season since 1998.
Alexandria wide receiver Drew Johnson also broke the school record with his 112th career reception on the final drive of the first half. He finished with 134 yards and two touchdowns.
“Drew is a good kid, a skilled kid,” said Gast. “He loves football, and he loves this football team, and I thought that was important to get that for him. All his hard work has really paid off to a good senior year.”
Gast said he also wished Cress well in his last game of his career.
“Before the game, we wished him well, win or lose, whoever moved on, and I just thanked him for five competitive years of getting to coach against him,” Gast said. “I really respect what he’s done over there.”