Big picture: Michigan City is headed to its second consecutive semistate after a dominant 62-21 win over Concord on Friday.
“We want our kids to know that everybody’s got a part in it. The guys that graduated two years ago, they have a part in this,” Wolves coach Phil Mason said. “My administration wants this program to be successful, so they’ve help me bring the right people in to help me make it successful because it’s a tough job.”
The game started poorly for the Wolves. Concord safety Julius James intercepted Bryce Hayman’s first pass and caught a touchdown two plays later.
“Maybe we needed it,” Mason said. “I just told Bryce, ‘It’s OK. Maybe you were due.’ We just needed that. I think we needed a little adversity, get punched in the mouth a little bit and see how we respond.”
Senior running back Lyric McFarrin took control in the second quarter and Michigan City cruised from there.
Turning Point: The Wolves were down 21-20 after Concord quarterback Ethan Cain scrambled and found Amarion Moore for a touchdown with 5:19 left in the second quarter.
Michigan City went 65 yards on four plays on its next drive, capped by a 20-yard McFarrin score. The senior running back added a 15 and 17-yard touchdown runs before the half and the Wolves were up by 20 at the break. City scored the next 42 points, unanswered.
Michigan City player of the game: McFarrin — He had 222 yards and five touchdowns. He had exactly 200 yards in the first half.
Quote: “We had to create a culture and we’ve done that,” Mason said. “It’s just got to keep growing and filtering down.”
Beyond the box score: Michigan City beat Concord 21-7 in last year’s regional.
Up next: Michigan City (10-2) at New Palestine (12-0) Friday.