The Floyd Central Highlanders scored early in their Hoosier Hills Conference game against visiting Jennings County on Senior Night Friday and maintained that momentum into the second half for a 54-30 win. The victory improved Floyd Central's overall record to 6-2 and 5-1 in the HHC.
The Highlanders got their first two scores on major plays. Kolby Vaughn got the first one on a 63-yard punt return in the first period. Minutes later, Gaige Klingsmith scored on a 74-yard run and Adam Wallace caught a pass from Brandon Stout for a 14-0 lead.
Jennings County scored in the second quarter on a 45-yard pass play and a 32-yard field goal. Klingsmith, however, scored twice in the period, on runs of 10 and 48 yards.
In the third period, Gabriel Kennedy scored on a 55-yard run then Stout took a 16-yard pass from Colton Kimm to the end zone.
The Panthers got three scores on running plays in the second half, and Garry Posey put a TD in for the Highlanders from five yards out. The biggest run of the night came on the final touchdown when Blake Carl scored on an 85-yard run for the 54-30 win.
Floyd Central finished with 530 yards of total offense, running 37 plays on the ground for 439 yards, and Kimm completed five of 10 passes for 91 yards.
Jennings County had 465 yards of offense, completing just five of 20 passes for 85 yards and running 41 times for 380 yards.
Floyd Central's Wallace caught one pass for 34 yards, and Austin Carl had one catch for 18 yards. Stout and Nick Uhl had catches of 16 and 15 yards, respectively. Rushing, Klingsmith carried 21 times for 226 yards, and Carl had six carries for 101 yards. Kennedy had one carry for 55 yards.
On defense, Nick Wagner, Stout, Aaron Smith and Elijah Miller had six tackles each, and Jacob Trudeau had five.
The Highlanders will finish their regular season Friday night at rival New Albany.