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Milan 35, Batesville 14

Batesville- For a fourth straight football season, the Battle For The Bell was won by the visiting team.  On Friday in Batesville, the Milan Indians defeated the host Bulldogs 35-14.

This game was part of our Margaret Mary Health Fall Sports Webcast Schedule and can be seen again in 720p HD by clicking here.

Neither fourth year head coach Evan Ulery of Batesville nor Milan boss Ryan Langferman, in his fourth year since returning as the Indians’ chief in 2016, has beaten the other on their respective home fields. Odd, but true.

The Tribe’s defense stopped the Dogs on their first two series in three-and-out fashion.  And in both cases, Milan’s offense later scored.

Drive one for MHS started at the Batesville 45 following a short punt.  The biggest play of the 11-play effort came on the final snap, a 4th and goal from the 12.  Milan quarterback Parker Lewis threw to an uncovered Adam Norman out of the backfield for six points.  The kick after was no good, but Milan led 6-0 at 5:29 in the first quarter.

The second Milan scoring possession covered 64 yards.  Pass receptions of 32 and 13 yards to Carsyn Ascherman set up a 1-yard TD keeper by Lewis. With 11:34 to play in the second period following an Ethan Kaulig extra point, Milan was up 13-0.

Neither team scored on their third series, but Batesville finally got on the board during its fourth.

Starting from their own 27 and running an up-tempo offense, the Bulldogs scored in just 1:59 on eight plays.  A 20-yard run by Austin Pohlman, a 22-yard carry by quarterback Travis Lecher and another burst of 18 yards by Pohlman eventually led to Pohlman crossing the goal line from four yards out.  Braiden Foster logged the PAT.  With 4:32 left in the half, Batesville was within six, 13-7.

Milan appeared destined to go back up two scores before half.  A 53-yard pass play from Lewis to Norman took the Tribe down to the BHS 12.  But two plays later, Pohlman came up with a drive stopping interception in the end zone.

Each team had one more full possession before the break, but the score remained 13-7 Milan at the half.

Scoring resumed on Milan’s second series of the third quarter.  Starting from their own 20 and backed up on their first play to the 13 due to a holding penalty, Milan scored in nine plays.  Pass completions of 24 and 53 yards to Matt Schmitt and Ascherman respectively chewed up a lot of real estate.  The drive ended on a 5-yard TD toss to Norman.  With 3:23 left in the third following the successful XP, Milan led 20-7.

The play of the game came in the fourth quarter.  Batesville was trying to convert on 3rd and 11 at the 50.  But there was fumble on the exchange between the quarterback and the in-motion slot receiver.  Milan’s Logan Nudds experienced a defensive lineman’s dream as he picked up the rock at the BHS 40 and raced across the line for six.

Milan faked the extra point try and scored two as the holder (and quarterback) Lewis threw to Norman all alone in the left half of the end zone. It was 28-7 Indians with 10:34 showing in the fourth quarter.

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