MICHIGAN CITY — Before Friday night’s Class 5A Sectional 9 semifinal game against Munster, Michigan City had scored 50 points in a game twice during the regular season.
The Wolves accomplished that task within two quarters against the Mustangs.
Michigan City racked up 428 first-half yards, scored eight touchdowns, annihilated their previous first-half scoring record of 38 points with 58 total points in the first 24 minutes, and set a new school record for points in a game on its way to a lopsided 72-19 victory over Munster.
The Wolves previous school record was 63 when they blanked Gary Roosevelt 63-0 in the first week of the 2009 season.
“We’re getting it together,” Wolves coach Phil Mason said. “We’re seeing our team click on all cylinders. I enjoyed the bye week, and it was a really good thing for a lot of people which included the coaches – but I was chomping at the bit by Tuesday. It’s a great win for the kids.
“We’re in a championship game next week against our rival on their turf, so I know they want some revenge and we need to be ready to go. We came out tonight and ran some tempo stuff which is part of our offense, but we felt that tonight was a really good night to work on that.”
City scored on its first drive, putting together a quick four-play, 70-yard drive which was capped by a 59-yard score by Lyric McFarrin for a quick 7-0 lead with 9:58 left in the first quarter. Less than two minutes later, McFarrin found pay dirt from 25 yards out for a 14-0 lead with 7:55 left.
McFarrin rushed for 120 yards on nine carries for three touchdowns and upped his season total to 978 yards since assuming the running back duties in week five.
“That first score was really good because I got through the line untouched, and Demetrius Garrett gave me a great block,” McFarrin said. “Long practices and preparation have us ready for the playoffs. We definitely played harder tonight.”
From there, quarterback Bryce Hayman (274 passing yards) guided the Wolves to the next two touchdowns, connecting with Garrett Jr. on a 15-yard score with 6:19 left in the first and Detrick Merriweather on a 31-yard strike with 5:22 left.
City capped its first-quarter burst with a three-yard scamper by McFarrin with 4:01 left for a 35-0 lead with three quarters full quarters still left to play.
“Our goal was to come right out and punch them in the mouth real quick and keep our feet on their throat,” Hayman said. “That’s what we did tonight. We work hard in practice every day and try to perfect as much as we can. It’s definitely showing out there.”
The Wolves scored on their first five possessions and racked up 564 yards of total offense – the fifth time the team has done that this season. City is averaging 54 points in its last five games and more than 500 yards to total offense.
The team has won six games in a row since its 14-7 setback against Valparaiso.
“Our defense was solid as well tonight,” Mason said. “Our defense is physical and flies to the ball. I don’t how many yards they (Munster) had, but it couldn’t have been very many.”
With the win, the Wolves (8-2) advance to next Friday’s sectional championship at Kiwanis Field against rival La Porte, which advanced via a 33-19 win over South Bend Adams. City handled the Slicers for the sectional title last year 38-10 and dominated them this season 52-8 for the biggest rout in the history of the longtime rivalry.
Michigan City 72, Munster 19
The Wolves’ Bryce Hayman passed for 274 yards.