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September 15, 2012
By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports

Friday was a night of separation in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, as Mt. Vernon and Delta separated themselves from the rest of the pack a bit. Both teams had convincing wins, while Greenfield-Central took both the Helmet and Shelbyville's share of first place in the HHC. The midway point of the conference season happens next week, with the Mt. Vernon-Shelbyville and Delta-Pendleton Heights games highlighting the action.

Let's look at last night's action.

Mt. Vernon 58, Pendleton Heights 26: The Marauders were explosive offensively in the victory, as they rushed for 513 yards and rolled up their third straight 50-point game. MV was also opportunistic, turning five PH turnovers into 35 points. Senior Kameryn Risper -- who normally plays fullback in the Wing-T offense -- moved to wingback and ran for 203 yards and a TD on 20 carries. Burnett, the other wingbck, had 195 yards and four touchdowns. Andy Spears, getting his first start at fullback, ran for 75 yards on 15 carries and three TDs. MV's special teams got things started, as Burnett Burnett ran the opening kickoff back to the 50, and fullback Andy Spears took the first play up the middle for 37 yards.

That set up Spears' 4-yard TD run, and set things in motion. MV scored three touchdowns in a 3:19 span of the second quarter -- the first two coming off consecutive PH fumbles. Burnett had a 17-yard run, Spears had a 2-yard TD run, and then after forcing a punt -- and recovering its own fumble -- Burnett finished a TD drive with a 5-yard run to make it 30-7 at halftime. After PH fumbled the opening kickoff of the third quarter, Spears capped an eight-play drive with his third TD of the night. Then, Burnett had TD runs of 13 and 71 yards to make it 51-7. Risper's 31-yard TD after a PH turnover made it 58-7.

PH's Jesse Furrow completed 18-of-29 for 246 yards and three TDs, much of it in the fourth quarter when the Arabians scored three touchdowns.

Both teams played shorthanded: MV played with Tyler Dicks seeing limited action (he had one carry), and without head coach Doug Armstrong present. Armstrong was sitting out a game because a player practiced without a physical on file, which according to MV school policy, requires the head coach to serve a penalty. PH played without top rusher/safety Jon Furrow, who was limited to kicking duties due to an injury.

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Greenfield-Central 42, Shelbyville 27: The Cougars became the fourth team in the HHC to take possession of the Helmet trophy as they used big plays to beat the Golden Bears. The Cougars forced four turnovers and got key plays in the return game. Derek Conley had a TD run, a TD pass to Austin Felts and a 90-yard kickoff return in the opening half. Brant Boles-Lattimore's 90-yard run gave G-C a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, and after Shelby put up two quick scores, Conley ran the ensuing kickoff for a TD to give G-C a two-score lead again.

Boles-Lattimore also ran for 127 yards and two TDs for G-C. Shelbyville's Jake Laker ran for a career-high 180 yards (and three TDs) and threw for 87, but four turnovers doomed the Bears' chances.

The Helmet started with New Palestine, went to Pendleton Heights in the first game, then to Shelbyville last week, and now to G-C.

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New Palestine 35, Rushville 20: The Dragons got their first HHC victory of the year, behind a strong start. NP built a 21-0 lead after three possessions, then pulled away in the second half quickly after the Lions cut the lead to 21-12 in the third quarter. NP's Collin Hill rushed for 104 yards -- the fourth time in five games NP has had a 100-yard rusher, and Hill's second straight. Hill rushed for two TDs. NP's Tyler Walden made two big plays -- an 80-yard catch and a long kickoff return -- to set up scores. NP threw the ball for 196 yards, with Blake Luker throwing for 130 yards and a TD to Nolan Guedel and Max Disman, seeing his first action of the year, throwing for 66 yards. Rushville came back in the second half as Clay Tressler threw two long TD passes to Ashton Wilson, who had 142 receiving yards.

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Delta 28, Yorktown 9: The Eagles kept Yorktown out of the end zone until the fourth quarter and rolled up points behind Joe Spegal's powerful rushing attack. Spegal ran for 136 yards, while Bryce Dishman (two TDs) and Cade Jones (one TD) finished the drives. Jones also completed 7-of-8 for 135 yards and a TD. Yorktown's Riley Neal completed 19-of-33 for 214 yards and a fourth-quarter TD. Chandler Carroll, who had a 100+-yard game last week, ran for 75 yards. 

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Standings (conf/overall)

Delta 2-0/3-1

Mt. Vernon 2-0/3-1

Shelbyville 2-1/2-3

Pendleton Heights 1-2/3-2

Greenfield-Central 1-2/2-3

New Palestine 1-2/2-3

Yorktown 1-2/2-3

Rushville 0-3/1-4

Next week's games

Yorktown at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m. (webcast: Hancock County Sports)

Rushville at Greenfield-Central, 7:30 p.m. (webcast: WIFE)

Shelbyville at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 p.m. (webcast: WSVX)

Pendleton Heights at Delta, 7:30 p.m. (webcast: WEEM)

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