Overtime games bring out the best in the Spartans

Overtime games bring out the best in the Spartans

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Connersville head coach Kerry Brown (left) and New Castle mentor Daniel Cox watch their teams warm up prior to the Spartans-Trojans Sectional 9 championship game in 2017. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

When the Connersville Spartans beat Greensburg in overtime on Dec. 5, it was the 18th time CHS has played a game that required more than the regulation 32 minutes to decide the winner since Kerry Brown was hired as head coach in 2009. 

That includes 7 games that went into overtime during last year’s sterling 27-2 season. 

So how well have the Spartans fared during those nerve-wracking extra-session contests?

Very well — winning 13 times and losing just 5. 

Connersville established a state record last season by winning all 7 of its overtime games, including a double-overtime win over Mt. Vernon (Fortville) in a Sectional 9 battle, and a regional matchup against Brownsburg. 

Adding two extra-session wins from the 2015-16 campaign and one during the 2015 sectional, CHS won 10 consecutive games that went into overtime. 

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Here’s the list of overtime victories by the Spartans so far in the Brown era: 

2017-18

CHS 44, Greensburg 42

CHS 57, Richmond 49 (2 OT)

Pendleton Heights 33, CHS 30

2016-17

CHS 55, Brownsburg 49 (regional)

CHS 59, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 55 (sectional, 2 OT)

CHS 63, Northeastern 56

CHS 88, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 85 (4 OT) 

CHS 52, New Castle 51

CHS 54, Greensburg 47

CHS 59, Shelbyville 57

2015-16

CHS 52, Richmond 47

CHS 56, Rushville 48

2014-15

CHS 49, Pendleton Heights 47 (sectional)

Northeastern 66, CHS 63

2013-14 — no overtime games. 

2012-13

Pendleton Heights 48, CHS 45 (sectional)

Muncie Central 52, CHS 42

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2011-12 — no overtime games. 

2010-11

CHS 51, Anderson 47 (sectional)

2009-10

Jay County 46, CHS 44. 

 

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