Greensburg took their only lead of the game on a Trent Black carry early in the second quarter.
The deficit did not seem to bother the Bulldogs.
Playing with more confidence each week, coach Heppner’s crew bounced back on the next possession.
An 18-yard pass from Schuck to Ben Wilson capped an 11-play drive drive covering 78 yards. A pair of completions to Austin Westerfeld and one to Ryan Wilson helped keep the drive alive.
The Pirates drove into Bulldogs territory, but misplayed a quick punt from the 36 yard line and the Bulldogs took over on their own 37 yard line with under three minutes to play in the half.
Batesville took advantage of the miscue. A 22-yard catch and run by Westerfeld was followed two plays later by a 41-yard touchdown pass from Schuck to Ryan Wilson.
The first half ended with the Bulldogs in front 21-14.
The deceptive running game of the Pirates did not have the impact in the second half as it did in the first.
The Bulldogs stepped up play on the defensive side of the ball, which proved to the a key in the game.
“We definitely made some adjustments at halftime,” Heppner commented. “Defensively, we did not play with a lot of discipline in the first half.
“They settled down and were much better in the second half,” he added.
And it was reflected on the scoreboard.
The Pirates, who were averaging nearly 34 points a game entering the contest, were held scoreless in the second half.
The added defensive presence allowed the offense more opportunity.
A fumble recovery by Graham Hunter helped set up the first score of the third quarter and a key three-and-out effort on the following possession set up the second.
Touchdown passes of 19 and 31 yards to Ryan Wilson broke the game open in the third quarter.