Indiana 7th grade football team falls short in tournament

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South Florida rolled out a dominating defense to shut out Indiana 33-0 in the Football University (FBU) Seventh Grade National Championship semifinal game, setting up a title showdown with Iowa on Sunday.

In holding Indiana to just 12 total yards, including minus -39 rushing and 51 passing, during the late afternoon game at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex in San Antonio. South Florida employed a suffocating defense that swarmed and sacked the Hoosiers throughout the contest.

On offense, South Florida also had the right stuff, courtesy of Nayquan Wright and his two 60-plus yard touchdown runs on the way to 158 rushing yards on just seven carries.

Wright's runs followed South Florida's first score with 7:16 remaining in the opening stanza when quarterback Nik Scalzo found running back James Cook with a two-yard touchdown pass, and after a Billy McConnell kick, the lead was 7-0.

Their second score came near the end of the first half when Wright bolted 64 yards to take the lead up to 13-0.

Then in the third quarter, Wright struck again when he galloped 63 yards down the right side of the field, giving his Sunshine State team and its smothering defense a commanding 20-0 lead.

But they weren't done yet, as Daniel Carter plunged one yard for a TD with 9:30 left in the game, and then it was Carter again closing it out on the game's final play with a 22-yard fumble recovery for a score to set the final tally at 33-0.

The Indiana team was made up of students from across the state. The tournament started with a field of 64 teams.

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