Rushville Republican

December 3, 2013

sports briefs

Rushville Republican

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Swimming: Rushville, Batesville at Connersville, 5:30 p.m.

BRMS basketball

The BRMS eighth-grade Black fell to Richmond Test despite the Cubs’ putting eight different players in the scoring column. A slow offensive start by the Cubs aided in the Richmond win.

Tri-Central defeats E. Hancock in Class A final

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cody Howell threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to help Tri-Central defeat Eastern Hancock 20-10, giving the Trojans their first Class A state football final.

Howell threw two early interceptions, but he made several critical plays to make up for them during Friday’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Howell finished with 167 yards passing for Tri-Central (14-1), which won in its first finals appearance. Garrett Kelley added 78 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.

Spencer Gilbert carried 28 times for 145 yards and a touchdown for Eastern (14-1).

Eastern defeated Tri-Central 47-35 in the season opener for both teams on Aug. 23. Eastern averaged 56 points per game this season and had not scored fewer than 29 points in a game all season.

Warren Central edges Carmel to claim 6A title

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jayson West continues to find ways to win.

The Warren Central head coach watched his team’s offense get stopped possession after possession on Saturday, the Warriors unable to find a groove. They were saved when quarterback Jeff George connected with Zachary Gegner on an 18-yard pass for the go-ahead score with 18 seconds left in the third quarter.

Mykelti Williams picked off Carmel quarterback Isaac James with 3:12 remaining in the fourth, giving the Warriors a 7-6 victory in the Indiana Class 6A state championship game.

West is now the first coach to win back-to-back state titles with two separate schools. Last season, West coached the Class 5A state champion Lawrence Central Bears.

Columbus East wins Class 4A title

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top-ranked Columbus East, stymied for most of the second half after building a three-touchdown lead, needed a 73-yard touchdown drive with 3:42 to play and kicker Paul Baker’s extra point for a 28-27 victory over Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger in the IHSAA Class 4A State Finals on Saturday.

“They just had a lot of character,” Columbus East coach Bob Gaddis said of his players. “I thought they reacted really well with a lot of heart and a lot of character.”

On the previous possession, Dwenger took a 27-21 lead with 9:10 remaining. The Saints faked the conversion kick, but Columbus East stopped a mishandled two-point conversion running attempt.

“We came to win,” Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf said. “I think if you want to question that, you want to question all the other calls that worked in the second half.”

Markell Jones, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound junior, rushed 32 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns for Columbus East (15-0), which won its second championship.