EAST CHICAGO — T.F. South aimed to start the year with a win with its first trip to Indiana in 15 years.
The Rebels did just that thanks to their running game.
T.F. South totaled 235 yards rushing in a 28-0 victor at E.C. Central.
"First time we started the year 1-0 in seven years," T.F. South coach Robert Padjen said. "We have been teaching kids the acronym EAT: Effort, Attitude and Trust."
The Rebels dominated on the ground all game, in large part due to senior Johnt'e Crawford. He rushed 12 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.
"The offensive coordinators did a great job running schemes," Padjen said. "We saw great blocking up front."
T.F. South did not stop there. It kept going to the ground with Crawford and senior Charles Peoples Jr, who ran for 204 yards combined.
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"Two seniors on offense, and they have great leadership," Padjen said.
E.C. Central (1-1) had a scoring opportunity in the second quarter, but a 15-yard penalty stopped its momentum.
The Rebels added a 23-yard scoring pass from Kameron Clayton to Jayden Webster to close out the first half with a commanding 21-0 lead.
The Cardinals could not recover as they were held off the scoreboard all night.
T.F. South meets Urban-Prep Englewood next Friday.
E.C. Central aims to bounce back as the Cardinals meet Munster in a sectional opener rematch next Friday. Munster fell to 0-2 with a loss Friday against Chesterton.