East Central’s Trevor Becker kneels on the Trojan Field turf to reflect the host team’s emotions, while Evansville Central’s David Payne (28) and teammates celebrate the Bears’ 28-24 Class 4A regional victory Saturday.

Alex Maxwell’s end zone interception with 3:55 remaining seemed to seal East Central’s regional win Saturday, but the Trojans couldn’t close out the game.

Caden Browndyke (48) kicked a school record 50-yard field goal at 8:46 in the third quarter to give East Central a 17-14 lead in Saturday's Class 4A regional playoff against Evansville Central. (Sandy Mahoney)

Sophomore Jake Fike (13) gets a push from Evansville Central DB Malcolm DePriest (4) as he cuts inside the corner pylon for a 10-yard TD run to give East Central the early 7-0 lead in Saturday's Class 4A regional.

EC defenders Kyle Krummen (5) and Gaar Ertel (66) stop Evansville Central's Brennan Schutte (38) in Saturday's 28-24 Class 4A football regional loss at Trojan Field. (Sandy Mahoney)

East Central quarterback Alex Maxwell (12) cuts the corner of the end zone for his final career rushing touchdown with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 28-24 Class 4A regional loss to Evansville Central. (Sandy Mahoney)

Evansville Central defenders, including Malcolm DePriest (4) toss East Central QB Alex Maxwell to the turf on a rushing attempt in the Bears' 28-24 come-from-behind Class 4A regional win Saturday afternoon. (Sandy Mahoney)


ST. LEON - Four plays. 55 yards.

That is all that stood between the No. 3-ranked East Central Trojans and another semistate appearance in Class 4A football.


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