TERRE HAUTE —
Between 2007 and 2012, Terre Haute South emerged from its game against Vincennes Lincoln with a 3-0 or 2-1 mark four times.
In each of those seasons, the Braves hit the wall that was Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference football, had their momentum stopped in its tracks, and finished with a losing season.
The Braves have that momentum again after a 48-0 destruction of Vincennes Lincoln on Friday at Bob Clements Field. And this season? They intend to keep it.
“This is a great opportunity for us. [Conference Indiana] is a great football conference. There are great teams, there are no mismatches. That’s all you can ask for as a team. You know you can have a chance to win,” South coach Tim Herrin said.
South (2-1) was solid in all phases of the game, but it started up front for the Braves. On both sides of the ball, South’s line brokered little resistance from the out-manned Alices. Vincennes Lincoln’s ball control offense was stymied as it gained just 104 total yards and averaged a meager 2.7 yards per play.
The Alices had only three gains over 10 yards … one was a fake punt.
Meanwhile, the Braves put up prodigious numbers behind an equally dominant offensive line. Starting with a 10-yard pass from Timmy Herrin to Johnathan Rogers to the 8:30 mark of the third quarter, the Braves had 13 consecutive gains from scrimmage that resulted either in double-digit yardage or a touchdown.
“The offensive line has an understanding that we want to be a physical football team. We have to dominate out front and they’ve accepted that challenge,” coach Herrin said.
Was it the offense that fed off the defense? Vice versa? From South’s perspective, it doesn’t matter as long as they’re successful.
“Our kids feed off of each together. During practice, we have some intense times. Our offense challenges our defense. They take a lot of pride in each other,” coach Herrin said.
At halftime, South had 282 yards of its 438 yards of total offense by halftime and would’ve had more had a running clock not been implemented. Herrin was 6 of 10 with 152 yards and two touchdowns, all of his yards amassed by the break. The Braves never punted.
“Our efficiency goes back to our offensive line. They’re creating big holes. Our running backs are running hard. They’re breaking arm tackles, something we haven’t done in the past,” Timmy Herrin said. “Receivers are getting open. I have plenty of time to throw it and I’m just throwing it to them.”
The Braves got started with a 10-play, 80-yard opening drive, capped by a 4-yard Logan Deady touchdown run to make it 7-0.
The defense added its contribution to the scoreboard with 2:19 to go in the first quarter. Cornerback Jacob Johnson stepped in front of Nick Holt’s pass and scampered 29 yards for an interception return touchdown to make it 14-0.
With that cushion, South was in good stead, but its offense made sure it stayed that way. Herrin threw a perfect strike to Koty Hall on South’s first play of the second quarter for a 65-yard touchdown pass.
Herrin, who played in fits and starts in 2012 when Danny Etling (now at Purdue) was banged up, looked like a picture of poise and confidence.
“A lot of that goes to Danny Etling. They worked together in the past; they worked in the offseason together. Timmy did five camps this year. He’s put in the time, but he’s learned a lot from Danny in the past,” coach Herrin said.
The Braves would not stop. A 26-yard touchdown run by Deady and a 25-yard Herrin-to-Ian Newton connection rounded out a productive 34-point half for the Braves.
The second half? More of the same. On South’s first play from scrimmage after the break, Michael Watt serpentined his way through the Alices’ tacklers for a 52-yard touchdown to make it 41-0.
The deal was already for South. Not long afterwards, the teams agreed to use a running clock. South would score once more when Carson Brown had a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The Braves will try to maintain their promising start in their first Conference Indiana game against Perry Meridian next Friday.
“It’s fun being in a new conference. The coaches can honestly tell us we can go win a conference championship if we play hard and play physical. We just have to keep the momentum going,” Timmy Herrin said.
Perry Meridian does not have its own home field. The Falcons’ home games are played at Southport.
Terre Haute South 48, Vincennes Lincoln 0
Vincennes Lincoln 0 0 0 0 — 0
Terre Haute South 14 20 7 7 — 48
THS — Logan Deady 4 run (Carter Hall kick), 3:55 1Q.
THS — Jacob Johnson 29 interception return (Hall kick), 2:19 1Q.
THS — Koty Hall 65 pass from Timmy Herrin (kick blocked), 8:47 2Q.
THS — Deady 26 run (Hall kick), 4:24 2Q.
THS — Ian Newton 25 pass from Herrin (Hall kick), 1:06 1Q.
THS — Michael Watt 52 run (Hall kick), 11:43 3Q.
THS — Carson Brown 10 run (Hall kick), 11:40 4Q.
First downs 6 21
Rush-Yds. 34-78 25-286
Rec. Yds. 26 152
C-A-I 2-5-1 6-10-0
Pen. Yds. 2-10 7-40
Fumb.-Lost 0-0 1-1
Punts-Avg. 4-34.6 0
Rushing — VL: Maples Brandt Nowaskie 13-47, Tyjuan Hawkins 9-17, Gabe Quintanilla 4-14, Caleb Brackin 4-10, Joe Bauer 1-4, Robinson 1-(-2), Chris Bouchie 1-(-5), Nick Holt 1-(-7). THS: Watt 3-101, Deady 3-45, Newton 3-42, Sammy Velasquez 6-41, Justin Jenkins 3-25, Herrin 1-10, Brown 1-10, Chase Morris 3-8, Avery Meadows 1-4, Gabriele Leonelli 1-0.
Passing: — VL: Holt 2-5-1, 26; THS: Herrin 6-10-0, 52.
Receiving: — VL: Kevin Pratt 2-26. THS: Jacob Johnson 3-72, Hall 1-65, Newton 1-25, Johnathan Rogers 1-10.
Next — TH South (2-1) plays Perry Meridian at Southport and Vincennes Lincoln (1-2) plays at Mount Vernon (Posey) next Friday.