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Campbell brothers help Ole Miss roar past Huntington North

TOP: Keagan Landrum carries the ball during Huntington North’s 30–6 Sectional semifinal loss to Mississinewa on Friday night. BOTTOM LEFT: Jackson Holzinger returns a kickoff during Friday’s game. BOTTOM MIDDLE: Reid Johnson fends off a Mississinewa defender. BOTTOM RIGHT: Lawson Shearer receives a handoff from Johnson on Friday.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

Mississinewa’s Cade and Carson Campbell wasted little time getting acquainted with the end zones at Huntington North’s Kriegbaum Field on Friday night, as the duo combined to score all four of the Indians’ touchdowns in a 30–6 triumph over the Vikings in Sectional semifinal action.

With Mississinewa receiving the opening kickoff and starting the first drive of the night at their own 25-yard line, Cade and Carson Campbell combined to earn 55 of the 75 yards en route to a quick 7–0 lead, capped by a 13-yard run to the house by Carson Campbell not even five minutes into the night.

Before the cheering on the away sideline could die down, the Indians were at it again, as Peyton McPeak forced a Jackson Holzinger fumble on the ensuing kickoff, giving the ball right back to the Mississinewa offense. The Indians wasted no time, as Ethan Bennett connected with Cade Campbell for a 31-yard touchdown strike, doubling the Ole Miss advantage to 14–0 just 16 seconds after the opening score. The margin would hold entering the second quarter.

Mississinewa again did not need much time on their first possession of the second frame to strike, as Cade Campbell took the first play 53 yards to bring the ball to the Viking 10-yard line. Three plays later, the senior took the ball in from four yards out for his second score of the night and a 21–0 Indians lead with 9:20 to play in the first half.

The teams would exchange unsuccessful drives following that, and Ole Miss would pin the hosts down at their eight-yard line on the punt. On the third play of the drive, Kyler Funk chased Huntington North quarterback Reid Johnson into the end zone and brought down the signal caller, putting another two points on the board for the visitors for a 23–0 lead with 4:10 left in the frame. Making matters worse for the home team, Johnson would leave the game with an injury after the play and would not return, forcing the Vikes to turn to backup quarterback Keagan Landrum the rest of the way.

Landrum and the Vikings threatened to break their goose egg on their next possession—which started with great field position after a blocked punt by Cam McCarver—getting all the way down to the Mississinewa 10-yard line before having to ultimately settle for a 27-yard Aidan Hosler field goal to cut the score to 23–3 with just 17.9 ticks left, which would hold up as the score entering halftime.

Though Huntington North received the second-half kickoff, a turnover on downs gave the Indians the ball in Viking territory. The Campbell brothers combined to do all of the damage on the drive, with Cade Campbell capping off the possession with a 13-yard run into the end zone to put the game out of reach at 30–3 Ole Miss with 6:41 to play in the third quarter.

Mississinewa’s defense got the ball right back, as Jason Arbogast recovered a Foster McDonald fumble in the backfield on the third play of Huntington North’s ensuing drive. Ole Miss kicker Andre Sallade would attempt to push the Indian lead to 30 on the free drive, but his 48-yard field goal bid fell short, keeping the score at 30–3 entering the final quarter.

The Vikings made good on their next possession, a lengthy 18-play, 6:30 drive that was finished off by a 33-yard field goal by Hosler, cutting the Mississinewa advantage to 30–6.

Both teams would turn to their reserves the rest of the night, and the Indians walked away with a 30–6 decision when the final seconds ticked off the clock.

“I think our kids played hard,” said Mississinewa head coach Curt Funk. “I thought Huntington North played real hard and I thought our kids match that at times. Our kids were a little sloppy with the penalties and things like that, but I thought our effort was there all night. … It was a good team win for us. In the Sectional, in the tournament, it’s just all about surviving and advancing and that’s what we did tonight.”

Ole Miss limited the Vikings to just 100 total yards of offense throughout the night, with 80 of those yards coming on the ground.

Landrum led Huntington North’s yard generators with 46 yards on 11 carries, while Garret Johnson added 24 on a team-high 15 runs. Samuel Close and Aden Dennis rounded out the double-digit run production for the Vikings with 15 and 10 yards, respectively.

Reid Johnson and Landrum combined to complete three of six passes, with McCarver hauling in each reception for a total of 20 yards.

“I thought our kids played extremely hard (and) battled the whole time,” said Huntington North head coach Bob Prescott. “There was a point, and I think it was probably early in the second quarter, I thought we got on our heels a little bit and they scored and I just brought everybody together and said, ‘Hey, that’s not who we are.’ We go back at halftime, we talk to them, … we say, ‘Hey, there’s four plays there if we could change those, you’re just playing so hard.’ … I can’t put into words how proud I am of our kids and the way they just continue to play through adversity. When things are a little tough on the scoreboard, I thought every kid that got out there tonight just gave everything that they had and that’s all we can ask of them.”

Prescott added the experience of an opponent like Mississinewa greatly decreases the margin for error and noted how his team made some mistakes that cannot be made against a quality team like the Indians.

“They adjusted to some things (we did),” Prescott said. “And, they’re a very, very good football team and (are) very deserving of the win. I wish them nothing but the best as they move on next week.”

Meanwhile, Ole Miss racked up 293 yards of offense, highlighted by Cade Campbell’s 142 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards, both game-high totals. The senior scored three of his team’s four touchdowns.

Carson Campbell completed the six-point scores for the Indians, finding the end zone on one of his eight rushes for a total of 47 yards. Tai McClung ran for 52 yards, while Hayden Nelson wrapped up the double-figure rushing for Mississinewa with 19 yards.

Bennett completed three of his seven pass attempts for 52 yards, highlighted by a 31-yard touchdown catch by Cade Campbell. Kyler Funk caught a pair of passes for 21 yards to round out the Indian aerial attack.

Curt Funk noted his team needs to clean up some things in order to have success next week in the Sectional championship game, particularly in terms of penalties and finishing off drives.

The opportunity will be the Indians’ third straight season playing for a Sectional title, with Ole Miss having defeated Western in 2017 and falling in 2018 to Marion, who the Indians will face again this year.

“For these kids, it’ll be their third straight year playing for a Sectional championship,” Curt Funk said. “They kind of know the drill. It’s not new for them. Two years ago, we were able to win a Sectional. Last year, we got beat in the championship game. Hopefully we can have a better performance this year than we did last year.”

The loss capped Huntington North’s season record at 3–8 and ended the high school football careers of the Vikings’ six seniors, Ricky Foster, Cameron Foust, Isaac Hill, Aidan Hosler, Cade MacAleese and Nathan York.

“Our six seniors are going to be desperately missed,” Prescott said. “It’s never easy when it’s kind of a transition year with the different styles and maybe some different thoughts and maybe different ways of looking at things. Our guys have just hung in there and (I am) so grateful for them. They’ll be greatly missed.”

Mississinewa improved to 10–1 with the win. The Indians will return to the gridiron on Friday when they battle Marion for the Sectional 20 title. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Marion.




First quarter

M — Carson Campbell 13-yard rush, Andre Sallade kick good 7:18

M — Cade Campbell 31-yard reception, Andre Sallade kick good 7:02

Second quarter

M — Cade Campbell 4-yard rush, Andre Sallade kick good 9:20

M — Kyler Funk 8-yard safety 4:10

HN — Aidan Hosler 27-yard field goal 0:17

Third quarter

M — Cade Campbell 13-yard rush, Andre Sallade kick good 6:41

Fourth quarter

HN — Aidan Hosler 33-yard field goal 9:16


Huntington North

Rushing (attempts–total yards)

Keagan Landrum — 11–46

Garret Johnson — 15–24

Samuel Close — 3–15

Aden Dennis — 5–10

Cam McCarver — 4–9

Nathaniel Elliott — 1–(-1)

Reid Johnson — 3–(-5)

Foster McDonald — 2–(-6) (one fumble)

Lawson Shearer — 7–(-12)

Total — 51–80 (one fumble)

Passing (completions–attempts–total yards)

Reid Johnson — 1–3–8

Keagan Landrum — 2–3–12

Receiving (receptions–total yards)

Cam McCarver — 3–20

Total yards — 100


Rushing (attempts–total yards)

Cade Campbell — 16–142 (two touchdowns)

Tai McClung — 10–52

Carson Campbell — 8–47 (one touchdown)

Hayden Nelson — 5–19

Drew Castanon — 1–5

Ethan Bennett — 2–(-24)

Total — 42–241 (three touchdowns)

Passing (completions–attempts–total yards)

Ethan Bennett — 3–7–52 (one touchdown)

Receiving (receptions–total yards)

Cade Campbell — 1–31 (one touchdown)

Kyler Funk — 2–21

Total yards — 293