ST. LEON – A record-tying night came at the right time for East Central.

The Trojans picked off five passes – with Drew Knigga nabbing two – en route to a 35-7 win over Seymour in the second round of Sectional 15 Class 4A tournament at St. Leon.

This was the sixth time East Central has ha five interceptions. The last time was in 1996 against Franklin County.

"One of the strengths is our secondary and they do a great job and they are very athletic," said head coach Don Stonefield.

The win puts East Central up against rival South Dearborn in the sectional finals Friday at Trojan Field.

Knigga was a one-man wrecking machine against Seymour. In addition to the two interceptions, he ran for 147 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also had two fumbles.

"I thought I had to do something. I m real disappointed about those two dorps," Knigga said.

Stonefield said Knigga was the primary rusher because of injuries to Lance Mullins and Joey Bonomini.

"When you get a back like that who cuts and jukes, one minute you applaud him and the next your pulling your hair out," Stonefield said.

The Trojans were determined to play their type of football – run and smash their way to scores. Quarterback Toby Deters threw only eight passes, completing five, for 81 yards. The Trojans ran for 199 yards.

But Friday, they defense was the key. Seymour came into the game with running back Anthony Desender running for more than 1,600 yards. He got 151 yards, but all but 35 yards came in the second half, and 47 came on the Owls only scoring drive in the third quarter.

"When you have a kid (Desender) like that you have to stop him before you do anything else," said. Linebackers coach Derrick Barnes. "We were hoping we’d get them in a situation where they had to throw. We felt we could capitalize with some of our secondary guys because that is one of the strengths of our team.”

Other Trojans with interceptions were Chris Yost, Mullins and Derek Kaiser.

East Central scored in the first and second quarters – Knigga on a 25-yard run in the first quarter and Eddie Graf a three-yard run in the second quarter.

After Seymour quarterback Ben Weller pushed his way into the end zone for the Owl’s lone score, East Central put the game away with three fourth-quarter touchdowns - Paul Christman pushed in form three yards, Knigga took a pitch and ran five yards and Graf scored from one yard out.

"We knew if we could force Seymour to pass, if we could get the ball up in the air then the advantage was ours," Stonefield said. "We wanted to come in and dominate the game both offensively and defensively, eat the clock and basically make them throw."

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