The Batesville High School football team is one step closer to perfection.
An unblemished mark in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference and for the regular season is within reach.
The Bulldogs defeated Franklin County 40-7 on homecoming night at BHS.
Batesville's win over the Wildcats puts them at 8-0 on the season and 6-0 against teams in the EIAC. Only the Connersville Spartans stand in the way of taking an undefeated record into the IHSAA sectional tournament.
"I am really excited about this team and what they have accomplished to this point," BHS head coach Eric Heppner commented. "I am really proud of them ... they work hard and want to keep improving."
The last time the Bulldogs were perfect through eight games was 2009. Heppner's crew ran their streak to 11 games before suffering a loss to Chatard in the regional finals.
The No. 7 ranked Bulldogs were given good field position on their first possession and took advantage. Eight plays later quarterback Connor Schuck powered his way into the end zone. Peter Heil added the extra point and it was 7-0 with 8:39 to play in the first period.
The defense made it tough on the Wildcats early in the game and eventually turned the ball over. Senior Ben Wilson intercepted a Kohl Holmes pass to give the Bulldogs the ball at the FC 30 yard line.
After runs by Bo Gowan and Austin Westerfeld pushed the ball deeper into Wildcat territory, Schuck found the sure-handed Ryan Wilson in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter.
The Wildcats began to generate a little momentum on offense, but senior outside linebacker Curtis Davidson came up with a sack on fourth down. The 10-yard loss drove the ball back to the Bulldog 40 yard line.