Cougars double up Space Pioneers

INDIANAPOLIS — Greenfield-Central’s Jeremiah Fields picked up right where he left off against Indianapolis Northwest a year ago.

The senior quarterback passed for two touchdowns and ran for a pair of scores at Coleman Stadium on Friday night to give Greenfield-Central its second straight 2-0 start.

“We’ll take a win any time,” Greenfield-Central head coach Roger Dodson said. “I was really happy with the way (Jeremiah) played today. The choices he made on the field were great. He commanded the field well. I liked what I saw.”

The senior’s first score — a 2-yard keeper on the Cougars’ first possession — capped a 10-play opening drive that spanned 55 yards and ate up 4 minutes and 21 seconds off the clock.

His second traveled 12 yards through the air to Bryce Ratliff to put the Cougars ahead 18-0 only 58 seconds into the second quarter. The pass highlighted Greenfield-Central’s longest drive, which covered 76 yards.

Northwest clawed through a gritty 14-yard scoring drive, grinding 59 yards in 5:37 midway through the second quarter to slow down the Cougars.

But Fields and the offense picked up the pace in the final five minutes of the first half, converting on two short fields.

Needing only six plays to travel 46 yards, Fields marched the Cougars into the end zone, scoring on a 2-yard keeper.

On Greenfield’s next possession, he completed three passes for a combined 38 yards and three first downs. His final completion zipped 13 yards into the hands of Lee Dullaghan for the quarterback’s second passing touchdown. 

Following an Andy Kim 2-point run, the Cougars carried a 33-7 lead into half time.

In the first half alone, Fields was a flawless 7-for-7 passing for 79 yards. 

The running game kept several drives alive with Kim leading the pack. The bruising back rushed for 87 yards on 10 carries as the team netted nine rushing first downs and five passing. He hit pay dirt on the team’s first possession in the third quarter, powering from 11 yards out to score and give Greenfield-Central a 40-7 advantage.

It took Greenfield-Central a shade over six minutes to get on the scoreboard last week versus Class A Indianapolis Shortridge, but this time around the Cougars were patiently proficient against Northwest.

The Cougars scored on their first five possessions and on defense with a Choncie Burtley punt gang blocked near the 23-yard line. Johnny Bowen scooped up the batted kick attempt and ran it 14 yards for a touchdown to put Greenfield-Central up 12-0.

The Cougars defeated Class 3A Northwest 62-12 in their first meeting last fall.

Signed on to play the Space Pioneers (0-2) for two years, Greenfield-Central athletics director Jared Manning says the school will seek out new non-conference opponents for the 2016 season.

The Cougars enter the Hoosier Heritage Conference portion of their schedule next week at home against Mt. Vernon.

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Rich Torres is sports editor at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at rtorres@greenfieldreporter.com or 317-477-3227.