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FB Sectional Week 1: Mid-Indiana Football Conference roundup

October 20, 2012
By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports

Four of the five teams in the MIFC remain active after tonight's play. One we knew of -- South Decatur drew a bye -- but Eastern Hancock pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the state on a night of upsets, beating previously-unbeaten Hagerstown 42-14. Indian Creek and Milan both moved on after first-round wins, with North Decatur dropping a shootout to Springs Valley.

(1A 37) Eastern Hancock 42, Hagerstown 14: The Royals posted one of the big upsets in the state, scoring 21 first-quarter points and never looking back against #5/7 Hagerstown. Spencer Gilbert ran for two first-quarter TDs and added a third, but his biggest play of the game might not be a play he scored on. After Hagerstown scored late in the second quarter to cut the Royals' lead to 21-14, Gilbert ran the ensuing kickoff back 81 yards deep into Tiger territory, setting up Logan Splater's TD run. Gilbert had 142 rush yards. Splater, the Royal QB, threw for a TD and ran for two more and had 164 yards of total offense. EH (5-5) won its first postseason game since 2006, when Kyle Johnson led the Royals to the eighth sectional title in school history. EH (5-5) visits Northeastern (6-4) next week. Archived webcast (RadioTroy) | Hancock County Sports roundup | Daily Reporter (subscription) | Richmond Pal-Item

(3A 22) Indian Creek 28, Rushville 6: The Braves took a 28-6 lead at halftime and then outlasted the Lions in a scoreless second half in the victory. Matthew Wray threw for 231 yards and three TDs in the victory, including one late in the first half. Dokken Egenolf had a 6-yard TD run for Indian Creek, which improved to 8-2 with the victory. Indian Creek's Keith Weddle had three interceptions. The MIFC champions (8-2) move on to face Beech Grove next week. Johnson County Daily Journal (subscription)

(1A 39) Milan 31, Edinburgh 0: The Indians have hit their stride of late and beat former MIFC foe Edinburgh in the opening round of Sectional 39. Scott Pennington ran for 87 yards and two TDs, and Jason Hawkins ran for 88 for the Indians. Gavin Detraz hooked up with Willie Mays for a pair of Milan TDs. Milan is now 7-3, and will face Springs Valley next week. Johnson County Daily Journal (subscription)

(1A 39) Springs Valley 40, North Decatur 35: The Chargers dropped a wild game in the opening round of the sectional. North Decatur, which finishes the year 6-4, averaged 28 ppg in their victories, but dropped three of its last four games.

MIFC sectional results & pairings
Class 3A, Sectional 22 (Indian Creek)
Friday, Oct. 19
Batesville 31, Edgewood 7
Greensburg 36, Brown County 0
Beech Grove 48, Howe 6
Indian Creek 28, Rushville 6
Friday, Oct. 26
Batesville (5-5) at Greensburg (8-2)
Beech Grove (5-5) at Indian Creek (8-2)

Class A, Sectional 37 (Eastern Hancock)
Friday, Oct. 19

Scecina 40, Cambridge City Lincoln 13
Knightstown 74, Indiana Deaf 52
Eastern Hancock 42, Hagerstown 14
Northeastern 22, Tri 0
Friday, Oct. 26

Scecina (7-3) at Knightstown (7-3)
Eastern Hancock (5-5) at Northeastern (6-4)

Class A, Sectional 39 (Milan, North Decatur, South Decatur)
Friday, Oct. 19
South Decatur bye
West Washington 42, Lutheran 12
Milan 31, Edinburgh 0
Springs Valley 40, North Decatur 35
Friday, Oct. 26
South Decatur (3-6) at West Washington (7-3)
Springs Valley (5-5) at Milan (7-3)

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