Two teams entered the night undefeated and something had to give.
The Batesville Bulldogs went to a perfect 4-0 for the first time since 2009 with a 21-0 victory over the visiting Rushville Lions.
Defensively, the Bulldogs continued to provide the spark. The Lions were held to only 25 yards passing and 81 on the ground. The Bulldogs recorded three interceptions and recovered one fumble.
“The defense has been the heart and soul of this team for the first four games,” BHS head coach Eric Heppner said. “Tonight, they were put in some tough situations and got us out of them each time.
“We have had some good play from a variety of people to this point. Tonight, Cody Reer was just unreal. Colin Brown continues to be a key player on the defensive side of the ball as well,” he added.
Reer caused and recovered a fumble and finished with two sacks and a pair of tackles for loss. He led the team in tackle points, which is a combination of solo and assisted tackles. Reer ended the game with 16 tackle points (three solo and 10 assists) followed closely by Brown with 15 (five solo and five assists).
Scoreless at the end of the first two quarters, neither team could establish much momentum.
The Bulldogs capitalized on a key fourth down run by quarterback Connor Schuck early in the fourth quarter. The play came right after a 12-yard pass play from Schuck to Austin Westerfeld, which set up the fourth and five situation.
Two plays later, Batesville senior Boston Gowan scampered 18 yards around the left side for the game’s first score. Peter Heil added the extra point to make it 7-0 at the 8:59 mark.
The Lions continued to struggle against the Bulldog defense. A three-and –out led to a punt on the next possession. Their next series resulted in a near interception by Tom Chaffee and later another punt.