EIAC Football stat leaders

Listed are the offensive stat leaders through week five for the EIAC.



RushvilleNick Jarman954601350.444545
South DearbornAdam Kunkel819701180.5931154
LawrenceburgLogan Ahuas73658860.674735
East CentralCole Burton60432500.641805
BatesvilleWill Jaisle48932650.492725
Franklin CountyWyatt Bowling23317440.386155
GreensburgBryson Abplanalp23232810.395085
ConnersvilleKaleb Caldwell16213280.464135
East CentralJosh Ringer87092185
BatesvilleGage Pohlman78210064
ConnersvilleMicah Buchanan7129875
ConnersvilleDraiden Perez3984955
Franklin CountyWyatt Bowling3805365
RushvilleHarper Miller3745953
Franklin CountyJared Moore3285275
South DearbornCarson Cheek3125575
South DearbornBrady Ballart2815455
RushvilleRalph Eakins2052215
LawrenceburgTeagan Bennett1962923
GreensburgKaden Acton1883723
East CentralDylan Maxwell1831215
LawrenceburgHayden Saylor1503535
GreensburgAustin Cruz1594615
East CentralRyan Brotherton3751664
RushvilleBraydon Wilson3622235
LawrenceburgHayden Saylor3272735
South DearbornRyan Richard3072375
RushvilleChase Woolf3122025
BatesvilleCade Kaiser3182065
LawrenceburgKeaten McGrath2501735
RushvilleRalph Eakins2321115
South DearbornHudson Shackelford2321845
South DearbornOli Babcock2131614
ConnersvilleTrot Davidson137915
East CentralJosh Ringer127525
Franklin CountyJack Seals116805

Wildcats break in new field with a win

Friday night brought one of the most anticipated football games in the long history of Franklin County’s (and Brookville’s) program. For the first half, Rushville seemed to have designs on dimming the excitement of the inaugural contest on the new artificial turf at Wildcat Field.

After Keegan Bowles returned a Hunter Weartz punt to the house with just under eight minutes left in the first half, the Lions – coming in on a 10-game losing streak – built a 15-6 lead and forced a turnover on downs on FC’s next possession. But the first of three lost fumbles by the guests led to the Cats going on a 35-6 run to win by 20 at 41-21.

That said, the home team did put the first-ever points on the board on the new surface; sophomore quarterback Wyatt Bowling became the answer to a trivia question when he bounced a run out for a 37-yard touchdown with 3:26 to go in the opening quarter. The visitors started the game with a long possession and just before Bowling’s run, there were back-to-back turnovers via fumble. Rushville recovered a bad snap at its own 33-yard line, then gave it right back to FC at the 37.

Around a clock malfunction, the Lions marched 69 yards on 10 plays to take the lead. Harper Miller, seeing his first action this year in the backfield, converted a 4th-and-3 near the goal line and a play later scored from the 2 ½-yard line. Braydon Wilson made it 7-6 with the extra point.

A turnover on downs and punt stunted the game’s next two drives. FC also had to punt after a three-and-out and Bowles followed his blockers into the end zone after nearly touching the turf with a knee upon the punt reception.

“Rushville is better than they’ve been in recent seasons, they’ve got some players,” FC coach Wes Gillman complimented. “That was evident on film and their first two weeks with close losses that could’ve gone either way.”

The Cats’ immediate answer was a turnover on downs, but on Rushville’s next snap Blake Stephenson returned a fumble 27 yards to the Lions’ 21. On 4th and a long 4, Bowling pitched an option to senior Jared Moore to move the chains. One snap later, Moore went in from 10 yards out.


The teams traded punts. With a couple completions by Lions’ QB Nick Jarman, the guests got down to the FC 5 with 6.6 seconds before half. Coach Isaac Sliger called timeout and still having one in his pocket, elected to run fullback Sam Pavey on the next play. The Cats’ defense bowed up and stopped him with inches to go. A timeout was called at 2.7; once again Pavey’s number was called and again he was denied with a half-ending goal line stand.

It was all FC when play resumed. The first drive went 68 yards on nine plays, with Bowling rushing for a 7-yard capper. The key play was a completion to Seals on 4th-and-5. Bowling also ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 20-15.

After a turnover on downs, the Cats went back to work from their own 21. Pavey sacked Bowling to set up a 3rd-and-long, but the QB regrouped and hit Seals across the middle at the FC 45; the junior took it down to the Lions’ 32 and a horse collar tackle put the ball at the 17. Moore carried for a 1st at the 7 and toted it in from there for the TD. Weartz’s kick put FC up by a dozen.

On Rushville’s second play of the next series, a pass was completed for an apparent first down, but another fumble landed in FC’s lap. Moore rushed for 28 yards to end the quarter and got the rock five more times ahead of Bowling’s third TD (14 yds.). With just under nine minutes left, the writing was on the wall for the Lions at 34-15. Kaden Welch relieved Moore after a Rushville punt and kept up the ground attack with a 47-yard score. With FC tagged for an unsportsmanlike call after the TD, the Lions had a short field and Jarman connected with Chase Woolf for a long TD.

RCHS (0-3) visits Batesville Friday.


First Quarter 

FC – Bowling 37-yard run, 3:26. Kick blocked.

R – Miller 2-yard run, :36. Wilson kick.

Second Quarter

RBowles 69-yard punt return, 7:54. Woolf run.

FC – Moore 10-yard run, 2:04. Kick failed.

Third Quarter

FC – Bowling 7-yard run, 6:55. Bowling run.

FC – Moore 7-yard run, 1:46. Weartz kick.

Fourth Quarter

FC – Bowling 14-yard run, 8:47. Weartz kick.

FC – Welch 47-yard run, 2:08. Weartz kick.

R – Woolf 55-yard pass from Jarman, 1:49. Kick blocked.

Rush – Rushing: Miller 13-76, Pavey 5-14, Eakins 1(-4), Jarman 4-0. Passing: Jarman 13-23-155. Receiving: Eakins 6-41, Woolf 4-84, Wilson 2-29, Drew McKee 1-1. (Unofficial)

Franklin Co. – Rushing: Moore 24-130, Bowling 25-158, Welch 3-63. Passing: Bowling 5-10-94. Receiving: Seals 4-90, Carter Dozier 1-4. (From MaxPreps)

Total yards: FC 445, RC 241

Rushing: FC 351, RC 86

Passing: FC 94, RC 155

1st downs – FC 15, RC 10

Penalties – FC 10-60, RC 9-76.5

Fumbles/Lost – FC 1/1, RC 3/3

Photos provided by Red Caboose Photography

Dogs remain unbeaten

AURORA- The Batesville Bulldogs improved to 3-0 after defeating the South Dearborn Knights Friday evening. The Dogs used the ground game to pull out the win, rushing for 184 yards on the night. The defense also picked off their opponent four times. The Knights fall to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in EIAC games while Batesville starts 1-0 in EIAC play and will look to continue their win streak against Rushville Friday.   

The Dogs stopped SD on their first drive after Deacon Hamilton made a third-down tackle on running back Carson Cheek. Batesville took possession after a punt on their own 36-yard line. Two runs from Gage Pohlman and a quick pass from Will Jaisle to Cade Kaiser set BHS up across midfield with a fresh set of downs. Jaisle found Kaiser again before several runs (7,11) by the quarterback got Batesville a 1st and 10 on the 13-yard line. A fumbled snap set the Dogs back and they faced 4th and 12 and settled for a field goal attempt. Brady Wonnell’s kick was tipped and fell short, giving the Knights the ball back with just under four minutes to go in the half. 

Adam Kunkel was able to find some open targets on the Knights’ next drive and hit Ryan Richard, then Reid Thornton for a first down. Conner Huff was on the receiving end of a Kunkel bullet and Hudson Shackelford caught a 29-yard bomb setting SD up in Bulldog territory. With 30 seconds left in the stanza, Shackelford caught another reception, but two incomplete passes put the Knights in a 4th and 2 situation. Kunkel was unable to find a receiver on the attempt and Batesville got the ball back on downs. Batesville gave the ball to Alex Krekeler on a handoff just to close out the half but the junior took the carry for 44 yards and gave Batesville the ball near the red zone to begin the second quarter. 

A fumbled pitch started the quarter; luckily it netted the Dogs four yards after Pohlman fell on the loose ball. On the next play Batesviile went deep and Jaisle connected with Kaiser for a 24-yard touchdown. Wonnell added the extra point and less than a minute into the second quarter the Dogs led 7-0. After the kickoff return, a Kunkel pass found Thornton for a second time and went for a first down. Two incomplete passes brought up 3rd and 10 for the Knights. Kunkel tossed a quick pass intended for Olli Babcock that Hamilton read from his corner position and jumped the route; he took the ball 40 yards for a pick six. A blocked extra point kick by Griffin Davis made the score 13-0 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half. 

The Knights got their longest run of the game when Cheek picked up nine yards to start the next possession. Hamilton made another great read and stopped Cheek in the backfield on the next play. Kunkel was unable to hit Richard on the third down attempt and the Knights punted. Batesville started the next drive near midfield and 15 seconds later they scored again; this time Pohlman took a handoff and broke a tackle, before outsprinting everyone for a 57-yard romp. Wonnell connected on the extra point and BHS led 20-0 with 8:14 to go in the half.  

The Knights started their next drive picking up first downs using the ground game, with Brady Ballart mowing down the defense getting SD across midfield. A 14-yard rush by Cheek and a six-yard Ballart run set the Knights up inside the 20. Unfazed by a holding call, Kunkel’s line held the Dog defense at bay long enough for him to connect with the streaking Richard who came down with the ball in the end zone to put SD on the board for the first time. Kunkel connected with Richard again for a two-point conversion and the Batesville lead was trimmed to 12 with 4:30 remaining in the half. 

The Dogs began their next drive from the 25-yard line but two stuffed runs by SD and an incomplete pass forced a Batesville punt. Krekeler got the ball right back for Batesville by picking off Kunkel at midfield and the Knights’ Caden Thompson returned the favor jumping on a muffed snap and corralling the fumble recovery for the Knights. After two incompletions Ballart picked up four yards and SD faced 4th and 6. Kunkel found Shackelford for a first down and then went to the end zone, but the Dogs broke up the pass; with under 30 seconds left, SD went back to the same play. Kunkel was unable to connect with Shackelford on the next two plays and a holding call put the Knights at 4th and 23. The Dogs picked off Kunkel on a Hail Mary pass and went into the half up 20-8.  

Batesville took over near midfield to start the third quarter and an 18-yard pass from Jaisle to senior Bobby Weiler and a busted play where Jaisle found Krekeler gave BHS 3rd and 5 from the 33-yard line. A flea flicker was called but the long pass to Kaiser fell incomplete and Jaisle took a fourth-down run two yards beyond the sticks, giving the Dogs a first down. The Knights were able to shut down the Dogs’ next three pass attempts, bringing up another fourth down. An incomplete pass gave SD the ball back on the 21-yard line. A stuffed run, incomplete pass and declined penalty brought up fourth down for SD with Kunkel punting out of the end zone.  

The Dogs started their next drive on the Knights’ side of the field, but the SD defense stuffed two BHS runs behind the line and a Jaisle keeper was good for just three yards. Penalties put SD back near the end zone and they punted on 4th and 23. Batesville with good field position again used the ground game to move the ball and Pohlman got BHS into the red zone as the quarter expired. 

Batesville began the fourth quarter on the seven-yard line facing 3rd and 3. A Jaisle keeper came up a yard short but the same play on fourth down made it 1st and goal with Jaisle getting the Dogs to the three-yard line. The Knights held Batesville out of the end zone; a holding call pushed BHS back to the 15 and SD got the ball back with eight minutes to go. The Knights went to the air and Kunkel found Richard for a 10-yard pickup, he then went deep but Kaiser came down with the long pass and the Dogs had their fourth interception of the game. The Dogs couldn’t get the offense going and punted after a three and out.  

The Knights started the next drive with six minutes left in the game on their own 30-yard line.  After two completed passes the Knights had the ball near midfield. A holding penalty gave SD a first down and Kunkel connected with Shackelford for 27 yards giving the Knights a first down on the 15-yard line. A second down pass from Kunkel found Shackelford again and the next pass to Richard got three-yards to the six-yard line facing 4th and 1. Ballart picked up a first down on the next play and with 2:28 remaining SD punched in a three-yard score with Ballart doing the honors. A two-point conversion attempt sailed over Kunkel’s target.

The Dogs used the ground game coming out in a power I formation to move the chains and force SD to use their timeouts.    

Scoring Summary 

Second Quarter 

BHS 11:09 Pass xp good 7-0 

BHS 10:52 INT xp no good 13-0 

BHS 8:14 57-yard run xp good 20-0 

S.D. 4:38 23 yard pass 2-pt good 20-8 

S.D. 2:38 3 yard run XP no good 20-14 

Individual Stats (unofficial.) 

Passing – BHS Jaisle 6-16-63-1-0, SD Kunkel 13-34-170-1-4 

Rushing – BHS Pohlman 18-115 -1, Krekeler 4-44-0, Jaisle 7-33-0, Weiler 1-6-0, SD Ballart 14-49-1, Kunkel 3-8-0, Cheek 10-13-0 

Receiving BHS Kaiser 3-42-1, Krekeler 1-6-0 Weiler 1-18-0, SD Shackelford 5-90-0 Huff 1-9-0, Richard 4-45-1, Thornton 3-26-0 


Greensburg blanked by Cougars

The Pirates were blanked by Greenfield Central on Friday evening 57-0. The #9 Ranked Cougars earned their second shutout in as many games after taking out Madison 49-0 in week one.

Three opening quarter scores put Greenfield up early with a 21-0 lead. The Cougars added another 20 in the second stanza, putting Greensburg down 41-0 at the half. With a running clock, Greenfield added nine points in the third quarter, and a final touchdown in the fourth, gave the Bucs a 57-0 loss. The Bucs are now 0-2 to start the season.

The Cougars put up 198 rushing yards on Greensburg while GCHS could only muster 24, led by Kaden Acton who picked up 15-yards. Bryson Abplanalp added 13-yards rushing and threw for 24 more. Owen Meadows was on the receiving end of 20 of those yards on his two receptions. Meadows also led the defense with nine tackles. Brayden Ranklin and Elliott Weber each recorded a tackle for a loss. Myles McKinsey forced a fumble that was recovered by Junior Camden Loudin as a defensive highlight in the contest.

The Bucs will look to get it together when they travel to take on Connersville (1-1) this Friday. The Spartans lost to Franklin County this past Friday.  


Moore’s four lead Wildcats to Keg victory

CONNERSVILLE – Senior Jared Moore scored four times and sophomore quarterback Wyatt Bowling put the cherry on top with a late 78-yard romp as Franklin County’s Wildcats retrieved the Water Keg from rival Connersville with a 35-26 comeback win Friday.

The game’s opening kick was pushed back an hour and teams were allowed frequent water breaks due to an excessive heat warning. The visiting Cats took even longer to warm up as the offense secured just one first down prior to the team’s second possession of the third quarter, though just trailing by one score (20-14).

“We just gotta’ grow,” said Wildcat head coach Wes Gillman. “I told our kids after the game how proud I was. I’ll be happy the rest of the year if we just compete. If we play hard like we have the first two weeks, that’s all we can ask.” 

After a turnover on downs by the Spartans, Moore cranked out a 30-yard run on first down. Following an FC holding call, Moore added a 22-yard scamper into the red zone. Sophomore Keegan Clark busted 15 yards to get the Cats near the end zone, where Moore scored his third touchdown of the game after a CHS timeout. The point after by Hunter Weartz broke a brief 20-20 tie.

The Spartans gained one first down on the ensuing drive but came up short on a 4th-and-5 play as FC took over at the Cats’ 39-yard line.

Moore promptly ran for 24 tough yards into CHS territory. As the fourth quarter dawned, the senior broke off another 27 yards to the Spartans’ 5. FC opted to feed the beast again, and he obliged with his fourth score from five yards out. Weartz’s kick put the guests up eight with about a full quarter left.

“We came into the week preaching physicality and toughness,” said Gillman. “We knew the more physical team would win the game, and that’s what happened. Jared ran extremely hard, and our O-line blocked our run plays exactly like they should probably 90% of the time. Wyatt had some difficulty getting going and made some sophomore mistakes but also had a big run to put the game away.” 

Connersville had something left in the tank and Micah Buchanan, the Spartans’ elusive and speedy back who had earlier burned FC’s defense for two long TD runs, returned the kickoff all the way to the Cats’ 36. After two plays for a net loss of one yard, the lights went out at Spartan Stadium which brought a delay of about three minutes. 

The issue resolved, Buchanan gained a first on a 4th-and-short play. Later, he set up 1st-and-goal with a 12-yard burst to the 9. Three plays later, Spartan senior QB Kaleb Caldwell punched it in from the 1. The hosts needed a successful conversion play for the tie; Buchanan got the call but was stuffed inches from the goal line. 

A touchback put FC at the 20 to start the next possession. After Moore’s 2-yard jaunt, Bowling made some initial moves and was off to the races for what proved to be the last straw for CHS. Freshman Parker Flanigan had a nice run to get the Spartans across midfield, but it was soon 4th-and-8. A couple timeouts later – one by CHS, then a counter by FC – a pass to Buchanan was shy of the first-down marker and FC was able to run out the clock.

Connersville opened the game with a 70-yard, 9-play scoring drive. Buchanan ran for 58 yards, but the Spartans went to the air on 4th-and-5 from the 7; Caldwell connected for a rollout TD to his tight end. Breck Bohman blocked Nolan Shawl’s PAT attempt to keep the game at 6-0.  

Both offenses then went three-and-out, though on a Spartan punt attempt Bohman snaked through and batted the ball back toward the CHS goal. From the 1, Moore ran in and Weartz booted FC into the lead by one. 

On the first play of the second quarter, Buchanan took a 3rd-and-5 handoff around the left end and went untouched for 58 yards into the end zone. After a three-and-out by the Cats, Buchanan did it again on first down from the CHS 44; the 56-yard sprint with no defenders’ paws and Shawl’s kick made it 20-7.

Late in the half, FC (1-1, 1-0) put together its first drive of substance. Starting past the 50 after a punt, Moore went for 28 yards on a 3rd-down play. Bowling completed a short pass to Kayden Kerr in the red zone and Moore scored on 4th-and-2 from the 3. 

Buchanan had over 250 yards rushing but just 61 after intermission.

“We started doing the things we worked on all week,” Gillman explained. “That first half we had a few players out of position, not playing their responsibility in the run game. When you face a running team like Connersville with a lot of misdirection and option, you have to be gap disciplined. We recognized those mistakes and fixed them. 

“Coach Adam Kelly Sr. does a great job of putting our kids in the right position to be successful, we just executed that plan better as the game went on,” continued the coach. “We’re very young at a lot of positions and sometimes you have to fail before you can succeed.”

Moore was just over the 150-yard mark to go with 4 TDs and Bowling’s breakout run boosted his rushing numbers for the evening. Jack Dirkhising, Luke Halpin and Ben Becker were in on double digit tackles.

“We have kids in key roles who quite honestly aren’t ready for Friday nights yet, but they’re playing extremely hard, and they’ll grow as the season progresses,” Gillman added. 

Friday is a big night in the tradition of FC football. For the first time ever, the home team will be competing on artificial turf as a revamping of Wildcat Field was completed recently. Rushville provides the opposition.

“Should be a fun night,” the coach confirmed. “The field looks incredible. I think everyone will be proud of what our administration has been able to bring to our community. Rushville is a game we can win. Like the first two weeks, if we play hard and physical and limit mistakes, we can be successful.”


First Quarter 

C – #9 7-yard pass from Caldwell, 6:13. Kick blocked. 

FC – Moore 1-yard run, 1:29. Weartz kick.

Second Quarter

C – Buchanan 58-yard run, 11:49. Shawl kick.

C – Buchanan 56-yard run, 9:31. Shawl kick.

FC – Moore 3-yard run, 1:27. Weartz kick.

Third Quarter

FC – Moore 2-yard run, 4:52. Weartz kick.

Fourth Quarter

FC – Moore 5-yard run, 11:22. Weartz kick.

CHS – Caldwell 1-yard run, 5:53. Run failed.

FC – Bowling 78-yard run, 4:56. Weartz kick.

Franklin Co. – Rushing: Moore 13-158, Bowling 7-96, Clark 5-28, Carter Dozier 1-1. Passing: Bowling 3-6-36. Receiving: Kayden Kerr 2-20, Moore 1-16. (From MaxPreps)

Conn. – Rushing: Buchanan 28-257, Flanigan 5-19, Caldwell 6-(-1), Draiden Perez 6-5.   Passing: Caldwell 2-3-10. Receiving: Buchanan 1-3, #9 1-7.

Total yards: FC 319, C 290

Rushing: FC 283, C 280

Passing: FC 36, C 10

1st downs – FC 6, CHS 8

Penalties – FC 8-68, CHS 10-62.5

Fumbles – FC 0, CHS 0


Knights shut out Cubs in Aurora

The South Dearborn Knights broke in their new field on Friday night when they hosted the Madison Cubs, shellacking the team from Jefferson County 41-0.

South Dearborn went up 14-0 after two Adam Kunkel to Hudson Shackelford passes that both found the end zone. Taytum Barker connected on both extra-point attempts and the score was 14-0 through one quarter of play. 

Kunkel added two more touchdown passes in the second quarter; the senior connected with classmate Reid Thornton, and then hit his tight end Ryan Richard for a score. Barker added two more PATs and the Knights went into the half up 28-0.  

Kunkel found his tight end again in the third quarter and connected on a 23-yard score, his fifth of the evening. Not to be outdone, the Knights’ defense added an interception that Brady Ballart returned for a 39-yard score and a Barker extra point put SD up 41-0. After the running clock, the Knights pulled out the victory to move to 1-1 on the season.  

Kunkel went ham on the Cubs’ defense, connecting on 17 of his 22 attempts for 263 yards and five scores. He now has 488 yards and eight passing touchdowns to start the season.

Junior Carson Cheek saw a bulk of the carries (14) for SD, gaining 54 yards that included a 19-yard pickup. Shackelford led the receiving corps,  finishing with four receptions for 89 yards and scoring twice, Richard caught five Kunkel passes and took them for 83 yards and two scores. Olli Babcock finished with four receptions for 40 yards and the rest of the Knights’ receivers hauled in five catches for 61 yards.  

The SD defense was led by Brayden Johnson’s seven tackles. Ballart and Colton McClure each had an interception, and junior Caden Thompson had two tackles and a fumble recovery for the Knights in the shutout. SD finished with 350 yards of offense while the defense held the Cubs to just 52 and forced three turnovers.
The Knights will host Batesville (2-0) to start EIAC play this Friday. The Bulldogs shut out Milan this week 21-0 to earn their second win on the season.


Lions fall to 0-2

SHELBYVILLE – The Rushville Lions fell behind early on Friday against the Shelbyville Golden Bears in a matchup on the gridiron, eventually trailing at the final horn 26-14.

Shelbyville scored the first points of the contest early in the first quarter on a pass, and they connected on their extra point attempt to go up 7-0. The Golden Bears scored again in the second quarter but missed the extra point and the score was 13-0 at the half. Rushville was unable to get the running game going and turned the ball over on downs before they could get into scoring range. The first half was not the best for Rushville, but it did give fans a chance to watch the Lions’ passing game with the run not working.

Both teams used the air to move the ball down the field, but Rushville was unable to get to the end zone. Not the case for Shelbyville’s senior quarterback Eli Chappelow who started the second half by connecting for his third passing touchdown of the game and the Lions fell behind 20-0. On the following drive Rushville was able to get the offense clicking and moved the ball down to the seven-yard line. Quarterback Nick Jarman connected with Ralph Eakins on a 61-yard pass that set up Rushville in the red zone. Sophomore Sam Pavey then took a handoff and put the first points on the board for the Lions with a seven-yard score. Junior Brayden Wilson put the extra point through the uprights and the Lions began to close the gap, making the score 20-7.

The Rushville defense made a huge play on the next drive when Adrian Apodaca forced a fumble on a run by Shelbyville. The loose ball was scooped up by senior Keegan Bowles and run back for a 40-yard touchdown, making it a one-score game. With Rushville down 20-14 they did their best to stop Chappelow’s aerial attack; unfortunately, the Golden Bears made their way down the field and finished the drive with the quarterback connecting for another passing touchdown. The Shelbyville signal caller hit a different receiver on all four of his touchdowns. The Lions stopped the two-point conversion attempt by the Golden Bears and the score was 26-14, a two-score game again. Jarman did his best to get the Lions back down the field, but time ran out and Rushville fell to 0-2.

Jarman and the Lions’ offense were pass heavy in the game with the quarterback finishing with career highs in passing yards 325, passing attempts 48, and completions 26. This makes the first 300-yard passing game from a Lions’ quarterback since joining the EIAC a decade ago.

Pavey led Rushville in the rushing department with 65 yards and he scored the lone offensive touchdown of the game for the Lions. Senior Chase Woolf led the receivers with 10 receptions, picking up 97 yards in the game. Eakins hauled in three receptions for 96 yards, Wilson added 76 yards and Bowles caught four passes for 51 yards receiving.

Turnovers and penalties hurt the Lions with Jarman tossing two interceptions and 16 penalties whistled on the Lions that cost them over 150 yards. Rushville stalled out on offense several times and were unable to finish most of their drives, going just 2-for- 10 on their fourth down attempts. They elected to punt just twice in the game.

The defense kept the Lions in the game and were led by Apodaca and Zach Tressler who each had nine tackles in the contest. Eakins and Drew McKee both brought down eight Shelbyville ball carriers and senior Landon Browning finished with seven tackles. McKee had two tackles for a loss in the contest and Apodaca had another to go with his two forced fumbles and a sack. The Lions’ offense picked up 390 yards.

The Lions will travel to take on the Franklin County Wildcats (1-1) this Friday who are fresh off a come-from-behind win over Connersville this past Friday.

1 2 3 4 F

RCHS 0 0 14 0 14

SHS 7 6 7 6 26


Pohlman runs wild as Dogs shut out Milan 21-0

Gage Pohlman gave the Batesville Bulldogs an early lead when the junior scored from 29 yards out to give Batesville the lone score of the first quarter. Pohlman added to the Dogs’ lead in the second quarter with a 47-yard run that put his squad up 14-0. Quarterback Will Jaisle connected with Cade Kaiser to put Batesville’s third touchdown on the board. Final in the Victory Bell showdown: 21-0.

Pohlman carried the ball 21 times and totaled 230 yards to go with his two scores. The Dogs put up 244 rushing yards and Jaisle tossed for 110 yards on five completions, adding a touchdown and one pick. Kaiser led the way for the receivers with 63 yards.  

The Dogs’ defense allowed just 105 yards to the Indians in the shutout, totaling seven tackles for a loss; they picked up three sacks, one each from Pohlman, Bobby Weiler and John Dirkhising. Junior Alex Krekeler forced a fumble and came away with an interception for the second game in a row. Dirkhising and senior Carter Bohman led the Dogs with six tackles each. Sophomore Brady Wonnell was 3-of-3 on extra point attempts in his special teams effort.  

Batesville will travel to Aurora this Friday to take on South Dearborn (1-1) who is fresh off a 41-0 shutout of Madison. The two teams will battle in their first EIAC contest of the season at 7pm.


Greensburg and South Dearborn come up short in for the EIAC small school division

Kunkel tosses three scores in loss

The South Dearborn Knights started 0-1 after a loss to a talented Jennings County team.

SD matched the Panthers with a touchdown each in the first quarter. Quarterback Adam Kunkel tossed his first of three passing TDs when he connected with Ryan Richard for a 45-yard score. The Knights took the lead in the second quarter when Taytum Barker hit a 25-yard field goal to make it a 10-7 game. The Panthers finished out the half scoring on a nine-yard run, then Panthers’ quarterback Parker Elmore’s second touchdown toss sent the Knights into halftime, down 19-10.

The lone score in the third stanza was another Jennings County rushing TD. The fourth frame began with Elmore tossing another touchdown from seven yards out and SD was down 34-10. The Knights attempted a comeback scoring twice in the final quarter. Kunkel led SD downfield scoring on a nine-yard pass to Olli Babcock, Hudson Shackelford ran in a two-point conversion, and the Knights’ final touchdown was a Kunkel to Shackelford touchdown from 13 yards out. The Panthers got a fourth quarter rushing touchdown, and the final score was Jennings County 41, South Dearborn 25.


SD displayed a good mix of runs and passes putting up 300 yards of offense. Kunkel was 24 of 40 for 224 yards and three touchdowns. CJ Evans led SD on the ground pounding out 98 yards on 19 carries. Kunkel hit five different receivers with three of them each getting to the end zone. Babcock caught seven passes for 104 yards, Richard 6-76, Evans 4-13, Reid Thornton 3-15 and Shackelford 3-11.

Brady Ballart, a sophomore, was all over the field with seven total tackles and one for a loss. Tyeler Gulden picked off the Panther QB and Brayden Johnson recovered a fumble for the SD defense. Caden Thompson and Elliott Meek each made plays behind the line of scrimmage and the pair each finished with two tackles for a loss. Barker was 2-for-2 on extra points and hit one of her two field goal attempts. The Knights were plagued by penalties throughout the contest, getting whistled 15 times for 112 yards.

The Knights will look to pick up a win this Friday when they host Madison (0-1) who was shut out last week by Greenfield-Central.


Greensburg falls to Shelbyville

The Golden Bears took a 26-0 lead into halftime against the Bucs on Friday and parlayed that into a 39-14 win.

Kaden Acton was finally able to get Greensburg on the board with nine minutes to go in the third quarter. The junior rumbled for a 47-yard score and it was 26-6. Shelbyville scored again to match the Pirate touchdown, connecting on a 17-yard pass as they went up 32-7. Acton added another score in the fourth quarter, but the Golden Bears matched that score also and defeated the Bucs to open the season.

The Bucs’ new signal caller, sophomore Bryson Abplanalp, completed 50% of his passes going 14 for 28 with 119 yards in his debut. Acton finished the game with 126 yards on 24 carries. Junior Carson Miller and freshman Myles McKinsey both grabbed five receptions and Hunter Springmeyer and Camden Loudin grabbed two catches each. Springmeyer also led the Greensburg defense in tackles, tying senior Brayden Rankin with five each. Acton had four tackles with two for a loss. Freshman Jacoby Miller was 2-of-2 on extra point attempts.


Coach Wes Anderson had this to say about his Pirates after Friday’s game. “Acton played well. It’s good to have him back at full strength. He’s a difference-maker when he gets to the second level of the defense. Overall, a solid first career start for Abplanalp at QB. He made good reads and delivered the ball on time and on target.”

Anderson added, “In the first half, we honestly played about as poorly as I’ve seen us play. Too many mistakes on the offensive line and in the secondary.

“I was incredibly proud of us for coming out of halftime and playing hard. We got two quick scores on our first two drives of the second half. We battled and didn’t quit. We just couldn’t overcome that size of deficit quickly enough.

“The team everybody saw after halftime is a more accurate representation of the team, we can be than what we put out there early in the game. We must be more consistent and execute better. Neither of those things were up to our standard Friday night.”

The Bucs will host Greenfield-Central (1-0) this Friday; the Cougars blanked Madison 49-0 this past Friday and swiftly defeated Greensburg a season ago by a score of 44-0. They went on to finish the season 7-4 and lost in the sectional semifinals to New Palestine.

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Shelbyville             13      13      6        7        39

Greensburg           0        0        7        7        14


EC takes care of Lawrenceburg and Spartans earn win for EIAC Big Schools

Trojans begin season where they left off

Two EIAC powerhouses went toe-to-toe last Friday and the Trojans from East Central earned a win over the Lawrenceburg Tigers.

Mr. Football candidate Josh Ringer let it be known why he is being considered for that honor in the first quarter of the game. The senior and Miami of Ohio commit put four scores on the board in the first stanza. Ringer scored on runs of 8,4,5 and 33 yards. He then added a fifth score in the second quarter, taking that handoff for 21 yards to paydirt. Ringer added a receiving touchdown before the half ended, hauling in a 29-yard dart from Cole Burton. Lawrenceburg put up a touchdown in the second quarter when senior quarterback Logan Ahaus connected with Keaton McGrath for a 36-yard score.

Despite the lopsided score, the Tigers looked efficient on offense and Ahaus was poised and made good throws. The senior QB was 12-22 for 134 yards. Burton went 8-14 for 158 yards and a score in his first outing. Ringer finished with 12 carries and 160 yards. East Central was led in receiving yards by Ryan Brotherton who caught three Burton passes and racked up 92 yards. Lawrenceburg’s McGrath led all receivers, hauling in six receptions for 101 yards. Tigers’ safety Zavyn Slayback led his squad on the defensive side with seven total tackles. Dylan Maxwell led the Trojans with nine tackles and Brayden Becknell recorded the lone sack of the contest.

The Trojans will battle with rival Harrison this Friday. The Wildcats are 1-0 earning a 37-8 win over Taylor (OH) last week. Lawrenceburg will face Taylor this Friday as they look for their first of many wins this season.

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East Central            21      21      0        0        42

Lawrenceburg         0        7        0        0        7


Buchanan runs wild in Spartans victory

The Connersville Spartans started the season 1-0 after a week one win over rival Richmond.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Red Devils put the first score on the board and took a 7-0 lead. The Spartans tied it up after a Kaleb Caldwell six-yard touchdown run and CHS took the lead on a Micah Buchanan 80-yard rumble; a missed extra point sent the squads into halftime with Connersville up 13-7.


Connersville added another touchdown from Buchanan in the final quarter; this carry went for 43 yards and a second failed extra point gave the Spartans a 19-7 lead. A fourth quarter touchdown by Richmond made it a one-score game and a turnover got the Red Devils the ball back with a chance to tie the game. The Spartans were saved when freshman Rylan Kleen picked off a Jayden Shipp pass. Connersville took over on offense and ran out the final two minutes on the clock, taking a 19-13 opening night win.

Buchanan’s performance puts him atop the EIAC leaderboard with 209 rushing yards on 19 carries. The junior also had an interception and a fumble recovery on defense. Caldwell rushed for 81 yards on his 12 carries in his first start as the Spartans’ quarterback and completed one of his two pass attempts for nine yards. Fullback Draiden Perez worked the middle of the field with seven carries for 41 yards. Perez and senior Wesley Wise led the Spartans on defense with nine tackles each. The Spartans lost scoring opportunities due to turnovers (3 fumbles lost) and penalties (4 personal fouls) that took them out of the running game on offense and giving Richmond an easy first down on defense in the fourth quarter. The offensive line made holes for Buchanan and Caldwell ran the read-option offense very well for limited action as a signal caller.


The Spartans will look to keep their win streak going; they will take on Franklin County, and the EIAC foes will battle for the “Water Keg” in Connersville.

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Connersville 0 13 0 6 19

Richmond 0 7 0 6 13


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