Spartans host Franklin County in EIAC clash

Spartans host Franklin County in EIAC clash

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The Connersville Spartans will try to win consecutive football games for the first time in three seasons when they host Franklin County tonight in a Division 4A Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game at CHS Field (7 p.m.).

The Spartans defeated Richmond, 22-16, in overtime last week, overcoming a 16-0 halftime deficit to pick up the big road win. It was Connersville’s first win over Richmond on the gridiron since 1939, a game played at Claypool Field. 

Franklin County — rated 13th in the Indiana Football Coaches Association poll — opened its season with a 54-35 win at New Castle.

Never-give-up defense by Connersville, particularly by its special teams, and strong offensive efforts by senior runningbacks Dalton Dubois and Donovan Foreman were instrumental in the team’s comeback win against the Red Devils.

Dubois rushed for 170 yards on 14 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard run on the Spartans first play in overtime. Dubois also caught two passes for 50 yards.

Foreman ran for 40 yards on 12 carries and scored a pair of TDs — on a 1-yard run and a 19-yard pass reception from freshman quarterback Adam Kelly Jr. Foreman also completed a 41-yard pass to Dubois.

Kelly, the son of the CHS head coach Adam Kelly, scored a pair of 2-point conversions. Overall, he rushed for 53 yards and completed 3-of-6 passes for 36 yards. Senior Skyler Hentz picked up 9 yards on 7 carries.

Runningback Mitchell Orschell was nearly a one-man wrecking crew for Franklin County against New Castle.

The senior rushed for 291 yards on 28 carries, scoring three touchdowns. Orschell also scored a kickoff return TD for head coach Kirk Kennedy’s squad.

Senior quarterback Brady Bogan completed 10-of-13 passes for 153 yards and two TDs, with James Tucker catching seven passes for 107 yards and one score. Blake Jewell caught a 15-yard TD pass for FC.

Notes: The Spartans won three straight games in 2014, beating Franklin County (28-12), Greensburg (48-43) and South Dearborn (40-7), before losing to Rushville, 28-25.

CHS nearly won three consecutive contests last season, but wins over South Dearborn (40-0) and Indianapolis Broad Ripple (43-6) were sandwiched around a 20-14 loss to Rushville. 

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If you can’t make it to tonight’s game, you can listen to the action on Kmix 106.9 fm featuring announcers Sam Harvey and David Pollard. Kmix 106.9 can be accessed via the iTunes media player.

(Stats via Maxpreps.com) 

 

Friday’s games
Area / of interest
(All games begin at 7 p.m. unless noted)

Franklin County (1-0) at Connersville (1-0) •

New Castle (0-1) at Rushville (0-1)

Greensburg (0-1) at Jennings County (0-1)

Harrison (Ohio) (0-0) at East Central (1-0, 4A No. 3 AP)

Lawrenceburg (0-1, 3A No. 10) at Taylor (Cleves, Ohio) (0-0)

Madison (1-0) at South Dearborn (0-1)

Milan (1-0, 2A No. 9) at Batesville (1-0)

(• = Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference)

Cambridge City Lincoln (0-1) at Wes-Del (0-1)

Union County (1-0) at Monroe Central (1-0, 1A No. 5)

Tri (1-0) at Centerville (0-1) ‡ 

Winchester (0-1) at Northeastern (1-0) ‡ 

Knightstown (0-1) at Hagerstown (0-1)

Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) (0-0) at Union City (0-1)

(‡ = Tri Eastern Conference) 

Richmond (0-1) at New Palestine (1-0, 5A No. 4)

Yorktown (1-0) at Muncie Central (0-1)

Franklin (0-1) at Shelbyville (1-0)

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (1-0) at Marion (1-0, 4A No. 12)

New Castle (0-1) at Rushville (0-1)

Pendleton Heights (1-0) at Anderson (0-1)

Greenfield-Central (1-0, 5A No. 19) at Bloomington North (0-1) (7:30 p.m.)

Jay County (1-0) at Delta (1-0, 4A No. 18) (7:30 p.m.)

Columbus North (1-0, 6A No. 13) at Columbus East (1-0, 5A No.1) 

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