This would have been a key conference game in previous years.
But with the addition of Connersville and Rushville to the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference, two divisions were formed and the Batesville Bulldogs and East Central Trojans are no longer playing for the same conference title.
Too bad for the Bulldogs.
Batesville remained undefeated on the season with 31-10 victory over their rivals from St. Leon.
The field conditions were not ideal due to the pounding rain earlier in the day. Still, it was the same for both teams.
Despite the sloppy conditions, the Bulldogs were able to move the ball with regularity. Even plays that seemed designed for short yardage turned in big gainers.
“Everything seemed to click tonight,” BHS head coach Eric Heppner said. “Really proud of this group and how they continue to work hard and improve.”
The coaching staff got good play from the Bulldogs up front. They are an experienced group and that gives the team an edge. Noah Gausman, Graham Hunter and Zach Hall all started at times as sophomores. Matt Montini, Jacob Prarat and Tyler Folkman also have experience.
“They are now seniors and have been playing in their second or third varsity seasons,” Heppner said. “They are an experienced and intelligent group of lineman.
“I am glad they are on our side,” he added.
Clayton McKinley benefited on this night from the line’s success. The senior running back finished with 171 yards on 14 carries.
A big chunk of McKinley’s yards came on two plays.
The first was a 66-yard run to the four yard line in the second quarter to set up the team’s second score. Two plays later, McKinley scored from two yards out.
On the second play of the third quarter, McKinley busted through the line and ran for a 67-yard touchdown. Peter Heil’s extra point put the Bulldogs in front 21-3.