Lawrenceburg- It has been a rivalry that, in recent seasons, has been dominated by the team who has played at home. The last four games between Milan and Lawrenceburg have all been won by the home team. Make that five now as Friday’s final in Lawrenceburg was 45-16 in favor of the Tigers.
The game was heard live as part of our Indiana Virtual Academy high school football webcast schedule on SEI Local Sports and is available (after 12 pm Saturday) for replay in our webcast archives.
In addition to the recent advantage of home field, Lawrenceburg has dominated in “The Pit” against the Indians for significantly longer. Dawn Schmidt, who does a lot of nice work with Milan’s football website, noted these rather eye-opening facts:
The last time Milan won in Lawrenceburg was 44 years ago. It was the 1968 team coached by Don Criswell and was an EIAC championship year for the Indians. Since then, the Indians have made now 17 appearances at Neary Memorial without a win under 12 different Milan coaches. The drought has run the course through nine U.S. Presidents.
Both teams came in ranked and with 2-0 records. Milan is fourth in both Class 1A polls and Lawrenceburg is 13th in the AP poll. Lawrenceburg also came in boasting the highest offensive scoring average (54 points per game) of any team in Class 2A. The 45 points the Tigers tallied on Friday won’t hurt that average too much.