Cougars come from behind to defeat Yorktown


Greenfield-Central’s Jake Hinton had three touchdowns in Friday’s 35-30 win over Yorktown.

Tom Russo | Daily Reporter

YORKTOWN — Trailing 30-23 in the fourth quarter, Greenfield-Central rallied with two touchdowns and a key defensive stop to defeat Yorktown 35-30 Friday.

Ranked No. 7 in the Indiana Football Coaches Association Class 4A poll and No. 8 in the Associated Press 4A rankings, Greenfield-Central improved to 6-1 on the season and 4-1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Yorktown dropped to 4-3 and 2-3.

Jake Hinton scored on a short run in the final three minutes to give Greenfield-Central a 35-30 lead. The Cougar defense stopped Yorktown and got the ball back with 1:21 remaining and ran out the clock.

Hinton had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving. He finished with 85 yards on 18 carries and one reception for 14 yards. He also helped lead the defense with 11 tackles.

Quarterback Dallas Freeman scored on a one-yard run with just over five minutes remaining to cut Yorktown’s lead to 30-29, but the Cougars failed on the conversion attempt.

Freeman rushed for 72 yards and threw for 157 and two touchdowns.

Kirk Knecht had five catches for 95 yards and one touchdown.

On defense, Payton Foley had two fumble recoveries.

“Our kids are hungry,” Greenfield-Central offensive coordinator Will Coonce said of the team rebounding from a loss last week and being down Friday against Yorktown. “They want to have success on the football field. They’ve set their own goals and terms of what success looks like. We were down at halftime a few weeks ago at Pendleton (Heights) and they just keep plugging along.

“Our defense got some key stops late in the second half that got us the ball back and our offense made plays.”

The Cougars host Class 3A No. 14/No. 16 Delta (5-2, 3-2) Friday.