NOBLESVILLE — The long bus trip for the Lions to Guerin Catholic in the football sectional opener had an even longer bus trip home as Rushville was eliminated in the opening round 31-0.
Rushville finishes the season with a 6-4 record. The Golden Eagles improve to 3-7 and will face Indianapolis Marshall in the semifinal. Marshall defeated Greensburg 32-27. Hamilton Heights defeated Lawrenceburg 55-7 and will travel to Indian Creek, which defeated Batesville 17-14, in the other semifinal.
The Lions’ offense struggled to get going early. Rushville had three straight 3-and-out possessions to start the game.
In that same time, the Golden Eagles had a 12-play drive, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Drew Dehnke, and a 37-yard field goal by Michael Leonard to grab the 10-0 lead.
The Lions moved the ball into Golden Eagle territory on their next possession, but turned the ball over on down at the 39-yard line.
It took just one play for Guerin Catholic to strike again as quarterback Matt Labus hit Brian Matthews for the 61-yard touchdown pass. With 3:23 to play in the first half, the Golden Eagles led 17-0.
Rushville was forced to punt on the next possession and the Golden Eagles needed just 1:36 of clock time to find the end zone again. Another connection between Labus and Matthews went for 18 yards and the touchdown. The Golden Eagles led 24-0.
With the aid of two penalties and a 31-yard pass play from Clay Tressler to Josh Yager, the Lions had the ball at the Guerin Catholic 15-yard line. The Lions were unable to push it in for the score as the Golden Eagles led 24-0 at the break.
Rushville could not get things going in the third quarter. The Lions had only 15-yards of offense in three possessions which included a fumble, a punt and turnover on downs.
The Golden Eagles’ final score came with :39 left in the third quarter. Labus hit Casey Virgin with a pass for a 28-yard gain and then a 38-yard touchdown to make the final margin 31-0.
It was a tough night on the EIAC. Seven of the eight football teams lost in the opening round of the sectional. The only team to win was East Central, who defeated conference foe Connersville.
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