INDIANAPOLIS - Because of some assistance from the Indianapolis Colts, eight high school football teams from Indiana got to play in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday as part of the Horseshoe Classic.
Two of those teams were Bellmont and Norwell in a 17-9 Braves’ win.
“I told (Bellmont coach) Rick Burkhalter, ‘let’s do this again next year,’” Norwell coach Jeff Miller said. “It is great for the Colts to do that for high school football. How many kids can say they played football at Lucas Oil Stadium?”
The Braves took advantage of the opportunity to play in the regular season at the venue after having won the 2008 Class 3A state championship in the same facility. Bellmont ran off 17 straight points to erase an early 9-0 deficit.
“All we talked about at halftime is that this is your piece of real estate, and start owning your piece and doing your job,” Burkhalter said. “That’s what we did.
“We had a lot of kids (on the team) who didn’t play when we were down here. We are kind of a young team and nobody really knows that.”
One of the players who played a lot in both games was senior Daniel Meyer, who ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns after getting his offensive linemen to be more physical in the second half.
“At half, we really stuck it to our linemen to get it done in the trenches,” Meyer said. “We weren’t getting that push in the first half, but in the second half we were pushing guys all the way down the field, and we just little by little ran it down the field.
“It looked like their defensive line was huffing and puffing a little bit. That’s a lot of our offensive line really kicking it into gear.”
It was the first career start for junior quarterback Brian Fullenkamp after replacing his cousin Forrest, who injured his knee last week and is out for the season.
“Brian has always been that pretty good second-string quarterback, and he really stepped it up this week,” Meyer said. “He was playing wide receiver most of the year, and he had his named called, and he had to step in. He did a great job.”
Brian Fullenkamp completed 4 of 5 passes for 46 yards.