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Milan 40, Rushville 20

Milan- The Milan Indians came back from a 20-7 deficit, scoring five unanswered touchdowns to get a 40-20 season opening win over Rushville.  

 
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Neither team managed a first down on their opening drives, but Rushville took advantage of a short field on their second possession.  Starting at the Milan 38-yard-line, the Lions took seven plays to find the end zone. Facing a 4th and 2 on the 30, Nick Lawler kept the drive alive converting a 4th and 2 with a 5-yard run.  Two plays later, quarterback Austin Vance connected with older brother Jake on a 22-yard catch to set up a 1st and goal at the 2. Austin Vance scored at 4:33 on the next play with a sneak up the middle.  The point after was no good, but Rushville had the lead 6-0.

Milan answered on its next possession in just five plays. Indians’ quarterback Parker Lewis hit Peyton Wert for 10 yards on first down before scrambling for five more.  Peyton Cavins went off tackle for 22 yards to move the rock into the red zone. Two plays later, Lewis hit Carsyn Ascherman for a 17-yard touchdown in the right side of the end zone.  Ethan Kaulig added the point after at 2:24 to put the Indians ahead 7-6.

Rushville took the lead back in the second quarter. Jake Vance ran a sweep for 24 yards to the Milan 21.  For a second time in the half, Lawler was called upon to convert a fourth down and did so successfully on 4th and 1.  A 7-yard rush by Josiah Hay then set up the Austin Vance 3-yard TD run at 6:31, his second of the game. John Alexander made the PAT giving the Lions the advantage again, 13-7, which remained the score at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Lions’ defense held on a fourth down conversion attempt by Milan which gave the Rushville offense the ball on the Milan 42.  On 2nd and 6, the Lions pulled off a halfback pass as R.J. Shadley connected with Jake Vance for 38 yards and a touchdown at 4:18. Alexander added the extra point to extend Rushvile’s lead to 20-7. 

The Lions’ defense did its job and forced a Milan punt on the Tribe’s next possession.  However, Lewis made the best punt of the night, pinning Rushville back on its own 3. Then it was Milan’s defense which stepped up as Dakota Sams forced a fumble which was recovered by Aaron Harrison for a defensive touchdown at 1:10.  The point after was missed, but the Indians were back within a score at 20-13.  

Milan needed little time to tie the game once the final quarter started. Rushville was forced to punt after three plays but never got the punt off.  Milan’s Zach Hauser crashed through to block the boot setting up the Indians offense with a short field. Cavins rushed for 13 to set up a first and goal at the 6.  On the next play, Lewis found Ascherman open on a fade to the right side of the end zone for a second time. Kaulig’s kick after try was good, and we were all square at 20 with only 21 seconds gone in the fourth quarter.

After the Indians defense forced another Lions punt, Lewis and Ascherman struck again, this time from 63 yards out.  Ascherman broke tackles at the 20 and fumbled going into the end zone but recovered the piggy for the score. Kaulig’s extra point at 6:38 gave Milan a 27-20 advantage.  

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