The Connersville Spartans will try to finish the regular season tonight with a victory that would give the team a winning record.
CHS (4-4) will conclude the regular campaign at Batesville (5-3), with kickoff set for 7 p.m. The game does not count in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference standings.
A win over the Bulldogs would mark the Spartans first winning season since 2012, when CHS finshed 7-4 in head coach Adam Kelly’s initial season at the school.
The task won’t be easy for the Spartans, who have scored just 7 points in their last two outings while giving up 99.
In fairness, CHS lost to two of the best teams in their respective classifications — East Central, 6-2 and rated 6th in this week’s Associated Press and Indiana Football Coaches Association Class 4A polls, and Lawrenceburg, 7-1 and ranked No. 5 in both the AP and IFCA Class 3A polls.
The Trojans won the EIAC Division 4 championship, the Tigers claimed the 3A crown.
Connersville will try to re-establish its running game, a usually potent attack that was slowed in the team’s last two contests.
Dalton Dubois had 60 yards on 14 carries against Lawrenceburg, giving the senior 1,224 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Dubois had the Spartans’ lone score against the Tigers, hauling in a TD pass from quarterback Adam Kelly Jr. that covered 50 yards.
Senior Donovan Foreman ran for 57 yards against Lawrenceburg, bringing his season total to 695 yards. Foreman has scored 10 TDs.
Kelly Jr. has rushed for 111 yards on the season, 7 coming last week.
Coach Evan Ulery’s Bulldogs utilize strong running and passing games, with junior quarterback Trey Heidlage rushing for a team-high 807 yards, and completing 97-of-159 passes for 1,428 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Senior Drew McLeod has 323 rushing yards and Christian Prickel, also a senior, has 161 rushing yards and 30 receptions for 287 yards.
Junior Austin Siefert has hauled in 25 catches for a team-leading 620 yards, with senior Logan Mears catching 12 passes for 277 yards.
Last season, the Bulldogs defeated CHS, 29-0.
If you can’t make it to Batesville, 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)
Connersville area / games of interest
(All games begin at 7 p.m. unless noted)
Connersville (4-4) at Batesville (5-3)
Harrison (Ohio) (5-2) at Franklin County (5-3)
East Central (6-2, 4A No. 6 AP; No. 6 IFCA) Indianapolis Chatard (3-5, 3A No. 8 AP; No. 6 IFCA)
South Dearborn (2-6) at Lawrenceburg (7-1, 3A No. 5 AP; No. 5 IFCA)
Rushville (0-8) at Greensburg (2-6) •
(• = Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference)
Hagerstown (7-1, 1A No. 11) Cambridge City Lincoln (1-7) ‡
Union City (3-5) at Northeastern (4-4) ‡
Union County (4-4) at Tri (4-4) ‡
Winchester (1-7) at Centerville (6-2, 2A No. 14) ‡
(‡ = Tri-Eastern Conference)
Harrison (West Lafayette) (5-3, 5A No. 14) at Richmond (0-8)
McCutcheon (5-3, 5A No. 8) at Marion (6-2, 4A No. 12) *
Muncie Central (1-7) at Lafayette Jeff (8-0, 6A No. 7) *
(* = North Central Conference)
Greenfield-Central (3-5) at New Castle (4-4) (7:30 p.m.) •
New Palestine (8-0, 5A No. 1) at Delta (5-3) (7:30 p.m.) •
Shelbyville (6-2) at Pendleton Heights (6-2) (7:30 p.m.) •
Yorktown (3-5) at Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (2-6) (7:30 p.m.) •
(• = Hoosier Heritage Conference)
Bedford North Lawrence (6-2, 5A No. 12) at Columbus East (7-1, 5A No. 2)
Columbus North (7-1, 6A No. 15) at Southport (5-3)
Perry Meridian (1-7) at Bloomington South (3-5)
Milan (7-1, 2A No. 9) at Switzerland County (3-4)
Monroe Central (8-0, 1A No. 2) at Shenandoah (6-2, 2A No. 10)
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