East Central (2-0) did not make things easy for first year head coach Tim Behlmer in his quest to get his first home win and one over rival Harrison (0-1). The Trojans looked sluggish from the start fumbling on their first play from scrimmage.
The Wildcats would capitalize on the turnover as quarterback Marcus Woelfel capped off a 26-yard drive with a five yard touchdown run. East Central would answer with a Seth Federle one yard plunge to make it 7-7 to end the first quarter.
Harrison scored 10 unanswered points in the second quarter. Kyle Knowlin connected on a 26-yard field goal and Alex Gill would score on a four-yard run. The Wildcats took 17-7 lead into halftime. Nowlin led all receivers with five catches and 109 receiving yards in the contest. It was the seventh time in his career that he has eclipsed the century mark.
After intermission the Trojans' defense set the tone as they held Harrison to just 66 yards of total offense. They set up the offense time and time again. Federle would fin tight end Evan Fette in the front left corner of the end zone from 20 yards out midway through the third stanza to make it 17-14.
The Wildcats just couldn't get anything going as Nowlin was getting a workout punting the ball. Finally the Trojans broke through with 7:01 left in the fourth quarter. That's when fullback Taylor Mischell scored on a three yard run for East Central. The drive was set up by a 39-yard punt return by Nick Lambrinides. The backfield tandem of Mischell and Tyler Douthit had worn down the Wildcats. Douthit led all rushers with 103 yards on 26 carries.
Even the East Central defense flexed its muscle as Harrison could only must 87 yards on the ground on 32 carries. The Trojans held the Wildcats to just 1-of-9 on third-down conversions. It was an A+ effort and the break for the victors.
Next Friday East Central will host another FAVC foe as Edgewood (1-0) comes to town next Friday night. Harrison (0-1) plays host to Oak Hills (0-1).
*Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com