Waltz Photography is offering a commemorative State Champion football plaques for purchase. The deadline to order is this Friday, December 9. Order forms can be sent to the East Central Athletic office.
The plaque is 15″x17″ in size and included a team photo and players names listed on an 8×10 engraved plate. Below is a sample of what the plaque will look like.
The East Central Trojans Football team advances to Semi State after a regional championship win over Evansville Memorial on Friday night. The Trojan ground game was the difference maker in the rematch of last year’s regional final. The Trojans avenged that loss with a 35-21-win last night on the road.
EC’s defense made a big play in the first quarter with Rhett Smith returning an interception to the one-yard-line. After a penalty Josh Ringer scored on a six-yard rushing touchdown and Nathan McFee added the PAT to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead. Ringer scored again and McFee’s extra point gave EC a 14-0 lead. After shutting down the Memorial offense, Ringer scored his third touchdown of the half, then with under a minute left until the midway point, Cole Burton connected with Eli Aston for a 16-yard touchdown, McFee connected on both extra points and the Trojans went into halftime up 28-0. Neither team got on the scoreboard in the third quarter. East Central facing a fourth down attempted a field goal to begin the final stanza. The kick was blocked by Memorial and returned for an 80-yard touchdown, making the score 28-7 in favor of EC. The Trojans scored on their next drive with Ryan Brotherton taking one to the house from 20 yards out and EC was ahead 35-7 with six minutes remaining in the game. Evansville Memorial scored twice to finish the game one on a 20-yard pass and another on a one-yard rush with just 1:25 to go. The Trojans held on and secured the regional championship with a 35-21 win. East Central finished the game with 269 yards rushing. Ringer finished the game with 142 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Brotherton had 22 carries for 113 yards and a score. Eli Ertel and Kingston Cook each collected a sack for the EC defense.
The Trojans will host Indianapolis Roncalli next Friday in St. Leon. This will be a rematch from October 14 when the Royals escaped St/ Leon with a 21-19 win. Roncalli’s lone lose on the season came at the hands of Elder (Cincinnati) one week prior to their EC matchup.
This is East Central’s 10th Regional Championship.
LAWRENCEBURG – A big first half by the host Lawrenceburg Tigers, together with a pair of Batesville offensive cogs absent in the second half, translated into a 33-7 sectional championship for LHS on an unseasonably mild Friday evening. The team’s fourth straight title is a new school record. LHS scored two touchdowns in each of the first two frames to enter halftime up 26-7. The striped ones would add a late TD to punch their ticket to Southridge for the regional round. Hopes of a comeback by the upstart Bulldogs were dampened when starting quarterback Will Jaisle and No. 1 receiver Bryson Bonelli came back from the locker room in street clothes. The Tigers relied heavily on feature running back Teagan Bennett, who crossed the 200-yard threshold late in the contest. For their part, Batesville exposed Lawrenceburg’s run defense as sophomore Gage Pohlman pounded for over 170 yards. The difference lay in the home team’s ability to finish five of their drives in the end zone versus just one for BHS. The Dogs’ lone TD, however, was an improvement over the shutout suffered at the hands of LHS earlier this season. Spotting Lawrenceburg a 13-0 lead, the Bulldogs got within six on a 10-play, 78-yard drive culminating with Jaisle’s 18-yard strike to fellow sophomore Cade Kaiser – and freshman Brady Wonnell’s extra point – in the opening seconds of the second quarter. The drive started ominously with a 7-yard sack, but Pohlman scampered 15 yards to erase the loss. A 13-yard catch by Bonelli and ensuing personal foul on the hit later placed the Dogs in the red zone. A series of penalties preceded the score – offsides on LHS and BHS hit with illegal procedure and ineligible man downfield. The Tigers answered right back, going 68 yards to extend the lead to 19-7. A 36-yard connection from Logan Ahaus to Alex Witte across the middle on 3rd-and-5 kept the drive moving. After another first down, Brennan Bushman caught his second TD of the game from 14 yards out. A sweep on the conversion play failed. Pohlman’s 39-yard burst opened BHS’ next possession. Things quickly went south, though, with a tackle for loss and a fumble recovered by the Dogs but only after another 12-yard loss. Trenton Roell’s ensuing punt went into the back of a teammate in the backfield and the Tigers nearly turned the mishap into six more. That would come to fruition on Witte’s 2-yard run a few plays later; Ryan Hinthorne’s kick was the final point of the half. The next drive would take BHS’ offensive leaders out of commission. Pohlman carried early for a dozen and Bonelli added another first down on a 10-yard catch; but it came with a price tag as he left the game. Pohlman then picked up 42 yards on three plays. On a 4th-down play, Jaisle was crunched for a 10-yard sack. Sophomore QB Carson Schneider looked to pick up the slack as the new half got underway. He was met with a 3-and-out before the teams traded turnovers. Witte fumbled the ball away on the Tigers’ next possession. Pohlman had a 10-yard carry but a play later, Schneider was popped in the act of throwing and the pigskin landed in Witte’s hands. A holding call on the return and another hold later led to a Tiger punt. A short field gave BHS a chance to get back in the game. Pohlman got to the Tiger 36-yard line on an 18-yard rush. On a 4-yard scramble, Schneider took a personal foul which put the Dogs in the red zone. The backup hurler later converted a 4th-and-2 pass to Kaiser for 1st-and-goal. The next fourth down didn’t go as well, with LHS converging on Schneider; the QB recovered his own fumble, but the Tigers had a turnover on downs. Neither side had any success on their next drives. Later, backed up to their own 7, the Tigers had a breakthrough with a 90-yard Bennett run. He carried twice more into the end zone. Hinthorne capped off the night’s scoring and LHS finished with three first downs and victory formation late in the game. Around a Batesville 3-and-out, Lawrenceburg built a quick two-score lead in the first period. Bennett carried for 43 yards early and Witte finished the opening drive with 15 yards, the last three on a TD run. Hinthorne’s kick was wide. LHS needed to go just 46 yards after the Bulldog punt. Bushman and Witte converted first downs; on a 3rd-down play, Ahaus spotted Bushman for a 23-yard catch-and-carry across the goal line. BHS finished 6-6. Along with Bonelli and Roell, seniors Abe Hollins, Conner Ertel, Trent Kincade, Evan Williamson, Phoenix Hostetler, Blake Hon and Nick McConnell played their final games. Tigers 33, Bulldogs 7 Batesville – 0 7 0 0 – 7 Lawrenceburg – 13 13 0 7 – 33 First Quarter L – Witte 3-yard run, 8:34. Kick wide. L – Bushman 23-yard pass from Ahaus, 5:00. Hinthorne kick. Second Quarter B – Kaiser 18-yard pass from Jaisle, 11:54. Wonnell kick. L – Bushman 14-yard pass from Ahaus, 8:00. Run failed. L – Witte 2-yard run, 2:39. Hinthorne kick. Fourth Quarter L – Bennett 1-yard run, 7:05. Hinthorne kick. Total yards: B 184, L 378 Rushing: B 133, L 242 Passing: B 51, L 136 1st Downs: B 12, L 12 Penalties: B 5-32, L 13-106 Fumbles/lost: B 3/0, L 1/1 Batesville: Rushing: Pohlman 25-171, Schneider 5(-12), Deacon Hamilton 1(-1), Damien Dance 2-0, Jaisle 5(-25). Passing: Schneider 2-3-4 (int), Kaiser 0-1, Jaisle 4-8-47. Receiving: Kaiser 3-28, Bobby Weiler 1-0, Bonelli 2-23. Lawrenceburg: Rushing: Bennett 25-203, Witte 8-37, Ahaus 1-2. Passing: Ahaus 7-10-136. Receiving: Witte 1-36, Bushman 4-83, Noah Knigga 1-12, Bennett 1-5.