Tigers top Zionsville on Senior Night


Tigers line up for a field goal against Zionsville on Oct. 16. The Tigers won, 35-14.

On Senior Night, the last regular season game of the season, the Tigers hosted the Zionsville Eagles.

Zionsville got the ball to start, and that drive ended in a punt that was mishandled and shanked. The Tigers took over at the Eagles’ 43. The Tigers were able to get into field goal range, but a special teams mishandle of their own led to a turnover and no points scored.

The first quarter ended scoreless.

A little over six minutes into the second quarter, FHS struck first with a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Zach Eaton to junior wide receiver Devonte Adams. A 53-yard touchdown run from Zionsville not even a minute later knotted things up at 7. A three-minute Tigers drive ended in a touchdown from senior running back Jeremy Chinn to put the Tigers up 14-7.

“I think it’s worked out pretty well. We just kind of go with the guy that gets hot. Last week it was Jermaine [Huddleston], and Jermaine did a nice job for us today, but Jeremy [Chinn] had some big runs for us too. I thought Mike Noble and [Trevor] Newman, all four of our backs that we use did a nice job for us and all contributed. It’s a good thing. We keep them fresh, keep them hungry, and I like the way they’re playing right now,” head coach Rick Wimmer said.

Before the half ended, the Tigers’ defense was able to stop Zionsville and get the ball back in the offense’s hands. Eaton found senior wide receiver Kade Orris for an eight-yard strike to go up 21-7 with 10 seconds left in the half, and went into the half with that score.

Five minutes into the third quarter, Chinn was able to score another one on the ground to put the Tigers up 28-7. From here on out (with the exception of a few plays), senior quarterback Brent Hays came in to replace Eaton for the remainder of the game.

Hays hit Orris on a 10-yard corner fade with 1:46 left in the third to go up 35-7.

Zionsville scored for the last time on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 6:13 remaining in the game. Sophomore safety Jake Willard intercepted the Eagles with 2:13 left and the rest is history, with the Tigers winning 35-14.

After a stretch of three losses in four games, the Tigers have won two straight and will host HSE in sectionals on Oct. 23.

“We were kind of beat up there in that middle stretch and lost some people and now we’re getting healthy. We weren’t quite a hundred percent tonight but we did have everybody dressed and ready to go. I think we’ll be healthy for the first time since about Week Two or Three. We’re excited about that and eager to get everybody on the same page,” Wimmer said.

The Tigers are 3-1 all time against HSE in the postseason, outscoring the Royals 91-7 in those three wins.