They are a better football team than the 5-6 squad was last season.
The Batesville Bulldogs look faster and stronger. Defensively, they have not given up much through the first two games, which has allowed the offensive unit better opportunities to score.
It is still early in the season, but a 21-7 victory over the Milan Indians Friday night avenged one of the losses from a year ago.
"I was nervous about this game," BHS head coach Eric Heppner admitted. "I knew they lost some players from last season, but still had a lot of good athletes ... pleased to come away with a win against a good opponent.
"I was happy with our play in the first half, but scoreboard did not reflect it," he added.
The Bulldogs and Indians were locked into a 7-7 struggle through the first half and it was not until 3:56 mark in the third quarter before it changed.
An errant snap on a Milan punt attempt in their own territory turned the momentum directly to the Bulldogs.
The ball came to rest on the 12 yard line and Bulldogs seized the opportunity. After a pair of Clayton McKinley runs to get the ball near the goal line, quarterback Connor Schuck called his own number for the touchdown. Peter Heil added the extra point to make it 14-7.
The Batesville defense continued to hold the Indians in check and forced a punt later in the quarter.
The Bulldogs took over at their own 27 yard line with :13 on the clock and it looked as they would take a seven point lead into the final period.
But nobody informed McKinley of that plan.
The senior running back took a short pass from Schuck and weaved his way through the Milan defense 73 yards for a touchdown. Heil's third extra point of the game put the Bulldogs on top 21-7.