The biggest pregame mystery at Center Grove Saturday was whether workers could hold down the team’s giant inflatable helmet amid 30-mile-per-hour wind gusts long enough for the Trojans to run through it.
They did and Class 5A No. 6 Center Grove did not slow down from there.
The Trojans’ running game overwhelmed Lawrence North, piling up 661 yards, including 557 on the ground, en route to a 77-0 win Saturday over the Wildcats.
The victory produced the most points scored and the largest margin of victory in coach Eric Moore’s 14 seasons, and sent officials scurrying to record books for comparisons. The 77 points is a school-record and is the Trojans’ highest output since a 70-21 defeat against Bloomington North in 2007.
With the win, Center Grove moves to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.
The record-setting blowout, while eye-catching on the scoreboard, was uncomfortable against a conference opponent, Moore said.
“You hate it for their kids and coaches,” Moore said. “You hate to be in a game like that. It is hard to take much out of it.”
Still, Center Grove did what it set out to do on both sides of the ball.