BATESVILLE - Rushville’s offensive inconsistencies continued Friday as the Lions failed to score for the second week in a row. Harper Miller was at quarterback and junior Matthew Komlanc was in the lineup at halfback for their second consecutive starts. The combo, however, failed to move the ball against a stingy Bulldog defense. Batesville, on the other hand, had no trouble scoring on homecoming night in a 44-0 rout.

Travis Lecher was the workhorse for BHS. The senior signal caller scored four touchdowns, throwing for two, running in another and taking a punt return 45 yards to the house, before taking the rest of the night off. The BHS reserves finished out the fourth quarter, keeping the Lions scoreless. If that wasn’t enough for Lecher, he was also crowned homecoming king during halftime festivities.

Both teams started their first drives trying to find their footing. Rushville went 36 yards before turning the ball over on 4th-and-short, when several Bulldogs brought Miller down behind the line of scrimmage. On Batesville’s first possession, a Bulldog penalty put BHS back to the 20-yard-line. A few short passes only netted the Bulldogs five yards, and a punt gave Rushville the ball back. The Bulldog defense attacked quickly, stopping the Lions from gaining any ground. On another 4th-and-short, BHS sacked Miller behind the line and took possession at midfield. Lecher ran twice, picking up 20 yards, then worked on his handoff game. Freshman Gage Pohlman carried five times to the 2-yard-line; junior Evan Williamson took the next handoff into the end zone for the first score of the game.

The second quarter started much like the first with both teams punting. Batesville managed to make it into field goal range with 3:50 in the half, when senior Braiden Foster booted a 28- yarder through the uprights to put the Bulldogs up 10-0; he is now 2-of-4 on the year. Rushville's next possession garnered nothing for the Lions and led to a punt. The Bulldogs, with just under two minutes remaining in the half, found paydirt again when Lecher connected with Brady Westerfeld on a 50-yard bomb. A Foster extra point put BHS up 17-0. The Bulldogs, still hungry, chewed up the RCHS defense once more on their next possession. Lecher returned a Lions’ punt across midfield with under a minute to go. He then went 2-of-2 passing, connecting with Bryson Bonelli for a short pick-up, then connecting with freshman Cade Kaiser for 30 more yards. With just seconds to go in the first half, Lecher called his own number and ran in a score from the 2-yard-line, putting Batesville up 24-0.

Batesville came out firing on all cylinders to start the third stanza. With Lecher and Williamson both running the ball, the Bulldogs made it to the 24-yard-line. Lecher scrambled when he couldn’t find an open receiver; not finding any room inside, he bounced it outside and a great block by Bonelli left Lecher free to rumble in - his second rushing and third overall touchdown. Rushville regained possession and the Bulldog defense gave up an early seven yards on a Miller scramble before tightening up again. Big plays from Chase Hamilton and Nick McConnell forced a punt. Lecher was back to return at midfield; he fielded the kick and weaved 45 yards through the Rushville defense to score his fourth touchdown. The extra point put BHS up 38-0 and initiated the running clock rule, the third in as many games suffered by the Lions.

Rushville was unable to move the ball for much of the second half. Miller had a few positive runs and was able to connect with wide receiver Dylan Thompson on a screen pass, but a punt and fumble ended the Lions’ final two possessions. The Batesville reserves made their way into the game for the fourth quarter and Will Jaisle, the freshman quarterback, ran up the middle for a 4-yard score - his first career TD. The shutout is the Bulldogs’ second this season.

A tough task awaits the 3-1 Batesville Bulldogs Friday as they host Class 4A #5 East Central (3-1). The Trojans got a big road win against 3A #9 Franklin County 37-8 this past Friday. Batesville, winless against East Central in the last seven tries, will try to snap that streak against the powerhouse. Rushville (0-4) will be looking for a first win and will try to snap an 18-game skid Friday, as Connersville (0-4) visits for the “War on 44.” Connersville lost badly to South Dearborn 55-8 last week. 

Scoring
RCHS 0 0 0 0 - 0
BHS 7 17 14 6 - 44
1st Quarter- 
0:1.2 BHS Williamson 2-yard run, Foster kick
2nd Quarter- 
3:52 BHS Foster 28-yard field goal  
1:53 BHS Lecher 50-yard pass to Westerfeld, Foster kick
0:5.4 BHS Lecher 2-yard run, Foster kick
3rd Quarter-
9:24 BHS Lecher 24-yard run, Foster kick
6:59 BHS Lecher 45-yard punt return, Foster kick
4th Quarter-
2:45 BHS Jaisle 4-yard run, kick failed
Team Stats 
RCHS: Total Yards 46, Passing 8, Rushing 38 
BHS: Total yards 318, Passing 122, Rushing 196 
Penalties RCHS 4-39 BHS 6-34 Turnovers RCHS 1, BHS 0
Individual Stats- Passing- RCHS- Miller 4-6-8 BHS Lecher 6-11-105, Jaisle 1-2-17 Rushing RCHS Miller 7-10, Komlanc 7-18, Nick Jarman 2-(-8), Landon Browning 10-4, Dylan Thompson 4-11, Harley Fuller 1-3 BHS Lecher 9-87, Williamson 9-34, Pohlman 11-67, Jaisle 3-2, Jonathan Buschle 3-6 Receiving RCHS Thompson 4-8, BHS Bonelli 3-24, Trenton Roell 1-2, Westerfeld 1-50, Kaiser 1-29, Buschle 1-17
(Stats unofficial)