Rebels defeat Culver 26-21 for Sectional 33 championship
CULVER — Championships are often awarded to the team that makes the fewest mistakes.
A bad punt snap turned into a big-play South Newton touchdown to give the visitors some breathing room in the third quarter, and Culver Community gave up three turnovers, including a game-sealing interception inside the South Newton 5-yard line with 14.5 seconds on the game clock in a down-to-the-wire 27-21 Sectional 33 championship loss to the No. 8 Rebels at home at Cavalier Field Friday.
South Newton moves on to host No. 1-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic — which trounced Caston 69-8 in the Sectional 34 championship Friday — in regional play next Friday.
"They deserve credit. They're a good football team," said Culver Head Football Coach Andy Thomas. "They made plays; we didn't. They went on the road and didn't turn it over and made big plays, and we made too many mistakes to win. I'm proud of our kids for hanging in there and battling down to the wire, but you just can't play football games turning it over like that and having issues on special teams like that."
"It turned into a war. We made the least amount of mistakes, and we were lucky to come out on top tonight," said South Newton Head Coach Chris Bell, who earned his 100th coaching victory with the sectional championship.