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FB 10/12 Saturday Morning QB: Hoosier Heritage Conference roundup

October 13, 2012
Hancock County Sports

By Hancock County Sports

The Hoosier Heritage Conference regular season finished up Friday, with two basic conclusions. 1-Mt. Vernon was, by far, the best team in the league, going completely unchallenged in its unbeaten run through the conference. It was one of the most dominant league title runs in the 19-year history of the conference, as the Marauders' closest game in conference play was a 32-point win over Pendleton Heights. MV, naturally, will take the Helmet home for the offseason, where Doug Armstrong said the team has a prominent spot in the weight room to display it. The other conclusion: Parity. Besides Mt. Vernon and winless Rushville, the other seven league teams were extremely close -- all finishing between 5-2 and 2-5 in the conference, with a number of down-to-the-wire games between all of them. The HHC has done well in sectional play in recent years. Five-eighths of the league makes up 4A Sectional 13, while Shelbyville competes in Sectional 15 with two Top 10 teams, and both Yorktown and Rushville compete in separate 3A sectionals.

One final look back at Friday's games:

Mt. Vernon 48, New Palestine 13: The Marauders were their typical dominant selves, scoring on their first seven possessions and rolling up a 48-7 lead by the end of the third quarter. New Palestine became the first team to score on MV's varsity defense since Week 5 when Tylar Ledford caught a 9-yard TD pass, but the Marauders were solid. MV had 335 yards of offense, led by Anthony Burnett's 98 yards rushing and a TD, Tyler Dicks' 97 yards and three TDs and Andy Spears' 48 yards and two TDs. As has been par for the course all season, the trio did their work in three quarters, as MV had a sizable enough lead to play the reserves in the fourth quarter. Chaz Hill led NP with 78 passing yards. The two teams will play each other again next week at NP. MV is 8-1/7-0, NP is 3-6/2-5. HancockCountySports roundup | Archived webcast | Daily Reporter (subscription)

Pendleton Heights 45, Greenfield-Central 0: The Arabains grabbed a piece of second place in the HHC for the second straight year, as they rolled to the victory. PH had a 21-0 lead at halftime and added 17 points in the third quarter. Greenfield-Central had seven turnovers. PH made them pay -- Jon Furrow had two rushing TDs and a field goal. Jesse Furrow threw TD passes to Kurt Talbert and Austin Coffel, and Wilson recovered a fumble and ran it in for a third-quarter TD. PH has now won four straight games, and posted its first shutout since Week 1 of the 2011 season. G-C was held to less than 60 yards' total offense as it dropped its third straight. PH finishes 7-2/5-2, G-C is 3-6/2-5. The Arabians host Muncie South (6-2) next week, G-C travels to Muncie Central (3-6). Daily Reporter (subscription)

Delta 42, Shelbyville 25: Joe Spegal had 142 rushing yards and three TDs for the Eagles as they won a shootout with Shelbyville. More than half of those came on two long runs -- one of 60 yards, one of 30 yards. Delta QB Cade Jones also had a TD run and an 11-yard TD pass to Ryan Bickford and Avery Haisley had an interception return for a TD to cap the game. Delta led 28-3 at halftime, but Shelby scored the first 15 points -- both off Delta turnovers -- of the second half to make it interesting. Shelbyville QB Jake Laker threw for 88 yards and TD passes to Ben Orem, Gunner Spence and Blake Miller. Kyle Uhls had 110 rushing yards for the Bears. Delta is 6-3/5-2 and will play Frankfort next week. Shelby is 4-5/4-3 and travels to face NCC champion Richmond. Muncie Star-Press | Shelbyville News

Yorktown 21, Rushville 7: The Tigers finished up a solid campaign in the HHC with a victory over the Lions in the battle of the league's only two 3A schools. It was Rushville's swan song in the conference, as the Lions will be departing the league for the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference next year. Rushville exits the league having dropped its last 22 HHC contests dating back to the 2009 season. Yorktown running back Chandler Carroll had 211 rushing yards and two TDs. Phillip Perry had a long interception return late in the first half that set up Riley Neal's TD pass to Riley Miller that put Yorktown up 14-0 at the break. Rushville had a late TD. The Lions were led by Clay Tressler's passing, as usual, and 71 rushing yards by Garrett Hittle. Yorktown (4-5/3-4) travels to Bellmont next week in 3A Sectional 19. Rushville (1-8/0-7) meets Mid-Indiana Football Conference champion Indian Creek in Sectional 22. Muncie Star-Press

HHC standings & next week's schedule
Mt. Vernon 7-0/8-1. Next week: at New Palestine (4A S13. Webcast: Hancock County Sports)
Pendleton Heights 5-2/7-2. Next week: vs. Muncie South (4A S13. Webcast: WEEM)
Delta 5-2/6-3. Next week: at Frankfort (4A S13. Webcast: Web Sports Machine)
Shelbyville 4-3/4-5. Next week: at Richmond (4A S15. Webcast: WSVX / Red Devil Mania)
Yorktown 3-4/4-5. Next week: at Bellmont (3A S19. Webcast: Adams County Voice)
New Palestine 2-5/3-6. Next week: vs. Mt. Vernon (4A S13. Webcast: Hancock County Sports)
Greenfield-Central 2-5/3-6. Next week: at Muncie Central (4A S13. Webcast: Delaware County Voice)
Rushville 0-7/1-8. Next week: at Indian Creek (3A S22. Webcast: WIFE)

Sectionals involving HHC schools
Class 4A, Sectional 13
Greenfield-Central (3-6) at Muncie Central (3-6)
Delta (6-3) at Frankfort (3-6)
Muncie South (6-2) at Pendleton Heights (7-2)
Mt. Vernon (8-1) at New Palestine (3-6)
Class 4A, Sectional 15
Shelbyville (4-5) at Richmond (7-2)
New Castle (1-8) at Franklin County (4-5)
Columbus East (9-0) at East Central (7-2)
South Dearborn (0-9) at Connersville (6-3)
Class 3A, Sectional 19
Peru (3-6) at Eastbrook (6-3)
Yorktown (4-5) at Bellmont (4-5)
Mississinewa (6-3) at Blackford (0-9)
Maconaquah (3-6) at Western (4-5)
Class 3A, Sectional 22
Batesville (4-5) at Edgewood (2-7)
Greensburg (7-2) at Brown County (2-7)
Howe (2-4) at Beech Grove (4-5)
Rushville (1-8) at Indian Creek (7-2)

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