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Friday football roundup: MV dominant again, EH wins, G-C falls
October 12, 2012By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports
Mt. Vernon 48, New Palestine 13: The HHC champion Marauders added more hardware to their trophy case, seizing the Boundary Rail from New Palestine with their typical dominant performance on both sides of the football.
MV scored on its first seven possessions and took leads of 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, 34-7 at half and 48-7 after three.
As usual, MV spread its 324 rushing yards around. Tyler Dicks had 97 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while Anthony Burnett had 98 yards and a TD and Andy Spears had 48 yards and two touchdowns. A Jordan Miller to Cody Baker pass midway through the third accounted for the Marauders' other score.
MV took 11 plays and 5:17 on the first drive -- one of two Marauder possessions that eclipsed the five-minute mark -- before Spears carried it in from two yards out. After forcing punts on NP's first two drives, Dicks had TD runs of 27 and 11 yards to make it 21-0. NP then did something that hadn't been done by anyone since Week 5 -- score on MV's varsity defense. Tylar Ledford caught a pass that was intended for -- and deflected by -- Justin Wiggins in the end zone. It tipped in the air and Ledford ran under it for a 9-yard TD reception on fourth down to cap a 14-play, 6:06 drive for the Dragons that cut their deficit to 21-7.
But MV scored on the final two possessions of the opening half -- a 28-yard run by Dicks for his third TD of the night and a 4-yard run by Spears that capped a 60-yard two-minute-drill drive with 31 seconds left in the half. Burnett and Baker added second-half TDs. Jackson Taylor had a fourth-quarter TD run for NP.
QB Chaz Hill led the Dragons offensively with 78 yards passing, completing 11-of-16. Collin Hill's 33 rushing yards led NP on the ground, as MV outgained NP 335-162 and had a 22-9 edge in first downs.
MV won a regular season game against NP for the first time since 2003, and defeated the Dragons for the first time since 2006, snapping a five-game NP winning streak in the series. NP now leads the all-time series 27-21-1, with the 50th meeting between the schools next Friday in the opening round of the sectional.
MV finishes the regular season with an 8-1 record and 7-0 in the HHC, the program's most wins since going 8-1 in 2003. NP finishes 3-6 and 2-5 in HHC play. The teams will play each other next week at New Palestine. A 7 p.m. kickoff is scheduled at NP's Kelso Stadium. (webcast archive link)
Eastern Hancock 35, Edinburgh 12: The Royals finished the regular season in fine fashion with a victory over the Edinburgh Lancers. Derrik Noel ran the opening kickoff back for a TD, Logan Splater threw for two TDs and Spencer Gilbert had a TD both on the ground and through the air.
EH scored two TDs in the first six minutes, built its lead to 28-0 by halftime and then scored a late TD to seal the Senior Night victory.
EH improved to 4-5 on the season with the win, and will host 9-0 Hagerstown next week in the opening round of Class A sectional play.
Pendleton Heights 45, Greenfield-Central 0: The Cougars had a tough Senior Night, as they fell to the Arabians.
PH led 21-0 at the half, added 17 more points in the third quarter and posted the shutout. It was the Arabians' first shutout since blanking Muncie Central in Week 1 of the 2011 season, and the first time G-C had been shut out since a 14-0 loss to PH in the 2010 sectional title game.
PH finishes the regular season 7-2 and ties for second in the HHC with Delta with a 5-2 record. G-C finishes 3-6/2-5.
Elsewhere in the HHC: Yorktown defeated Rushville 21-7, giving the Tigers a 4-5/3-4 mark. Rushville finishes 1-8/0-7. The Lions will leave the HHC having lost 22 consecutive conference games. Delta beat Shelbyville 42-25, giving the Eagles a second-place tie in the HHC with a 6-3/5-2 mark. Shelby finishes fourth, going 4-5 overall but 4-3 in the HHC.