Rourke Jones

Rourke Jones

GREENSBURG — Indiana mounted one of its best drives of the season to forge a 7-7 tie, but Greensburg Salem scored on all five of its first-half possessions and its first of the second and handed Indiana 48-7 loss in the WPIAL Class 4A Big Eight Conference finale for both teams.

Indiana marched 79 yards on 13 plays on its first possession after Greensburg Salem opened the game, but things went

downhill after that. The Indians (1-9) committed five turnovers — losing all four of their fumbles and throwing an interception. They set a school record for turnovers in a season at 33 and extending the school record for fumbles to 25. The 1985 team that went 10-2 committed 32 turnovers.

After Greensburg Salem (5-5) took a 7-0 lead, Indiana went to work and finished off the long drive than spanned the first and second quarters with Fox Van Leer’s 1-yard quarterback speak.

Then Greensburg Salem quarterback Trent Patrick took over. He accounted for six touchdowns, passing for four and rushing for two.

The Golden Lions also benefited from two first-half Indiana turnovers and two long punt returns to start three drives in Indians territory and another at midfield. The Golden Lions ran 15 plays for 228 yards in the first half.

Patrick, who had 97 yards and four touchdowns passing and 103 yards and two scores rushing, rushed for Greensburg Salem’s first two touchdowns on the ground, one on a sneak at the goal line and another for 60 yards.

He went to the air for the next three touchdowns with a 20-yard strike to wide receiver Aaren Putt, a 32-yard pass to tight end Ryan Thomas and a 33-yard toss to Jalen Page to take a 35-7 lead into halftime.

Patrick connected with Cavan Trout for a 6-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Indiana gained 206 total yards to Greensburg Salem’s 201. Indiana freshman running back Rourke Jones rushed for 103 yards on 16 carries.

Greensburg Salem will play in the WPIAL playoff next week.