The Batesville High School football team did something Friday night they have not been able to the past two seasons.
The Bulldogs defeated the Greensburg Pirates by a score of 42-14.
“It was a good win for us,” BHS head coach Eric Heppner said. “We knew this would be a hard-fought game and it was.
“I think this group is still getting better and finally playing with some confidence,” he added.
The Pirates had won seven of the previous nine meetings leading into Friday night’s game at Shriver Field.
The victory not only snaps a four game losing streak to the Pirates, but keeps the team’s hope of a undefeated regular season alive.
The Bulldogs were able to make some adjustments on both sides of the ball as the game progressed and it proved to the difference.
From the beginning of the game, it was apparent the Batesville rushing attack was not producing like other games this season. So, coach Heppner quickly shifted gears and relied more on the arm of junior quarterback Connor Schuck.
Schuck and the Batesville offense responded.
The Bulldogs connected on 13 pass plays with only two resulting in less than 10 yards.
Big plays were a key in the team’s first score. A 29-yard pass play from Schuck to Ben Wilson and later a 33-yard connection between Shuck and Ryan Wilson quickly set up the first touchdown.
Schuck called his own number and took on a couple Greensburg tacklers before getting to the end zone from two yards out. Peter Heil added his first of six extra points to put the Bulldogs on top 7-0 at the 8:49 mark in the first quarter.
The Pirates were not intimidated by the swift success of the Bulldogs.
The Pirates answered three plays later with a 60-yard run by Blake Wood. A Colin Rigney extra point knotted the score at 7-7.