The junior finished with 204 yards to go with his three touchdowns and kept the ball out of Ramirez’s hands as much as possible, limiting the damage that the Wildcats could do with their ground attack.
“We stayed together, and tonight showed it,” Beal said. “The line opened up the holes and the blocking was perfect. This is a game where it shows on the scoreboard what we can accomplish as a team.”
Ramirez certainly did his damage, gashing the Indians for 309 yards and four touchdowns, but each time he came up with a score to bring the Wildcats closer, Camanche followed with a touchdown of its own to ensure that Columbus would never be in position to take the lead.
“This feels really great,” McDaniel said. “As a senior group, it’s sad that we all have to leave, but I’m honored to play with these guys and end on a great note.”
As the Indians walked off the field winners for the first time since the second week of the season, Dougherty pointed out to his younger players that the season was merely one part of a four-year journey and made a point to thank his seniors for their hard work over the course of their journey.
“Each year, we challenge the seniors to ask them what is their legacy,” Dougherty said. “We’ve never had the commitment in the summer workouts and the overall effort that we had this year. This is one of the hardest-practicing teams (I’ve had), and it’s a shame we got off to such a rough start and it took a while for us to put the pieces together.”
But on this night, the only thing that mattered was that the Indians gave their seniors the ending they felt they had earned.