By Aaron Kirchoff Rushville Republican
---- — It was wet, rainy and muddy, but that didn’t dampen the spirit of the Lion faithful as Rushville hosted rival Connersville on Homecoming. Rushville scored three touchdowns in the second half to post the 19-0 victory.
Rushville is now 4-1 on the season and the Spartans drop to 1-4.
The old say is “five yards and a cloud of dust,” but on Friday it was more like “five yards and a slop of mud.”
Both teams found the going rough in the first half as the players tried to adapt to the slippery conditions. The most productive attack was straight up the middle as any cut-back resulted in slipping on the turf. The first half took about 30 minutes to play as the teams only attempted two passes in the first half.
At the break, Rushville seniors Nick Hornaday and Alicia Cole were named Homecoming King and Queen.
The Lions then took the opening possession of the third quarter to the end zone. The Lions used nine rushing plays and 35 yards in Connersville penalties to grab the 6-0 lead as Zach Turner rushed in from 3-yards out with 6:32 to play in the third quarter.
A fumble late in the third quarter recovered by Rushville’s Josh Yager set up the Lions’ next score. Six plays later, Clay Tressler scored on the quarterback sneak to make it 12-0 with 10:36 to play in the game.
The final score came as Garrett Hittle went 13-yards around the left side with 1:19 to go in the contest. The point after made the final margin 19-0.
Turner finished with 78 yards rushing. Hittle added another 75 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Hittle led the way with 18 tackles and two forced fumbles. Turner finished with 11 tackles. Hornaday had 8.5 tackles. Bryce Thomas and Yager had fumble recoveries.
The Lions host Greenfield-Central (1-4) Friday.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114