Defense played a bigger factor for the team in blue. The Greensburg defense held tight throughout the game, allowing just one second-half touchdown. The Pirate offense started the second half by driving down inside the redzone. Greensburg pulled to within six when Meadows swept around the left side and scored from six yards out, and Rigney made it 20-14 with 7:15 left in the third.
Rushville’s ensuing possession ended in a punt. A big hit from Pirate senior Jacob Kelso forced a Rushville punt on the ensuing possession. Junior Dillan Able scampered down the home sideline, setting up shot for the Pirates at the Lion 2 with 4:58 left in the third.
Black’s 3-yard run finally gave his team a 21-20 advantage, a lead that would last, with 4:45 left in the period.
The Greensburg defense held tight throughout the game, allowing just one second-half touchdown. Turnovers-on-downs and a fumble recovery in the second half helped give the home team momentum to sustain its comeback.
The Greensburg defense again held its ground by clogging the line for a turnover on downs. After switching sides of the field to start the fourth quarter, Black struck again with a 45-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 28-20 with 9:25 left in the game. Greensburg had converted a fourth down to keep the drive alive.
Rushville took its own turn on defense to make a play. The Lions recovered a Pirate fumble at the Greensburg 13 with just less than five minutes left. Hittle picked up 58 quick yards to the Pirate 10, but a Lion facemask penalty pushed them back to the 24. However, senior Clay Tressler found Yurack for a 22-yard touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone. Greensburg saw its lead shrink to just two points with 2:08 left. Tressler attempted a 2-point pass for the tie, but senior Bryce Logsdon preserved his team’s win by intercepting the attempt.
Greensburg recovered the Lions’ onside kick, and Black converted one more first down to run out the clock.
The Pirates host Indianapolis Marshall next Friday in the first round of the IHSAA Football Sectional tournament. The Lions travel to Guerin Catholic for the first round of the sectional.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.