Photo by Brock Kennedy
Story by J.D. McKay
The streak is finally over. After a blowout 70-33 win over Jennings County tonight in Seymour, the boys are sectional champions.
Senior Grant Gohmann and junior Jake Heidbreder led the team in scoring with 16 each.
Gohmann said, “This is something special. We have seen the failure. and to come out here and play like we did, I mean we didn’t even play them within single digits. That’s something really special. You don’t see that very often, and this is 31 years in the making.
After the first quarter, it seemed like it was destiny for the Highlanders to snap the streak, but it did not start out that way.
“We got great contributions from our sophomores off the bench,” said head coach Todd Sturgeon. “They got off to that lead (11-4 Jennings County), Cole (sophomore Cole Harritt) coming off the bench, now it gets forgotten after we win by 30, but those were two big buckets.”
Harritt said, “I knew we needed to score
when I came in, so as soon as I got the ball I had an open look and just shot it. That kind of got the crowd going and it just took off from there.”
This win was particularly special for the seniors after not playing much in the past two years in these sectional games before finally getting their shot.
Senior Ben Purvis said, “We only had one shot at this and we knew we had to make it count. So we got in the gym, put in the work and we got it done.”
“This feels really good, we are excited,” said Sturgeon. “Most happy for this group of seniors. It hasn’t been easy for those guys. They have had their own struggles, whether it was injuries or playing behind the 17 guys in the two classes ahead of them. So they have had to wait their turn and to see those guys rewarded is really satisfying.”
Floyd will be playing Bloomington South Saturday at 12 in Seymour. For more sectional coverage and a preview of regionals, check out next Friday’s print edition of The Bagpiper.