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(webcast) Batesville 42, Milan 37

Batesville’s defense got the first points of the second half.  On the opening kickoff, the Milan returner slipped on the wet field, forcing the Indians to start at their own 8-yard line.  On the ensuing play, the Indians tried a jet sweep.  The Bulldog defense was ready, tackling the runner in the end zone for a safety drawing BHS within five, 21-16.  

The Indians next possession was much more successful as they needed only three plays and less than two minutes to cover 69 yards.  After a penalty, Wert rushed for 12 yards and Reed for two more to set up a third and 6 on their own 36.  Wert found daylight down the left side and outraced several Bulldog defenders into the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown run.  The point after was missed, but the Indians led 27-16.

Late in the third quarter, Batesville connected on some big plays for the first time.  Lecher rushed for 25 yards to open the drive then, on the final play of the period, teamed with Wilson for a 67-yard reception.   Lecher then called his own number with first and goal from the four, rushing for his second touchdown of the night.  Hoping to cut the deficit to three, the Bulldogs tried but failed on a 2-point conversion leaving the score at 27-22 in favor of the hosts.

The Bulldog defense was reinvigorated after the score, forcing an Indian three-and-out.  Wilson returned the punt 12 yards to the Indian 24.  The Dogs needed only six plays to convert for a touchdown and take their first lead of the game.  Lecher rushed three times for 19 yards.  His final carry of six yards was for six points.  Again, BHS went for two looking to go up three but, again, Milan stopped the 2-point try.  However, Batesville enjoyed its first lead of the night, 28-27.  

The Bulldog D got another three-and-out. After a pair of rushes by Pohlman, the Bulldog O faced a third and 5 from their own 44.  Lecher fielded a low snap and escaped pressure, scrambling to his right.  He found Seifert behind the Milan defense at the Milan 30.  Seifert did the rest racing to the end zone with a Milan defender on his back for the final five yards.  He fell into the end zone for a 56-yard touchdown reception.  The point after put the canines up 35-27.

On the Indians next possession, Batesville’s Jacob Meer intercepted a Milan pass at the Bulldog 10-yard line.  The Bulldogs looked to run out the clock.  After a penalty, Batesville was looking at third and 11 from its own 9-yard line.  Lecher squeezed the shotgun snap and took off on a quarterback draw.  After evading a Milan defender at the line of scrimmage, he found daylight on the near sideline.  He outran the Milan defense to the end zone for a 91-yard touchdown run, his fourth rushing TD of the night.  The point after was the team’s 26th consecutive in the fourth period.  It was now 42-27 BHS.

Milan did not quit.  The Indians returned the kickoff to their own 44.  They drove down the field in a hurry as Wert rushed for 11 yards and then connected with Norman for 12 more.  Reed converted fourth and 1 with a 6-yard carry to keep the drive alive.  Three plays later, Norman made a leaping reception in front of three Bulldog defenders in the end zone for his second touchdown catch of the game.  The point after made it a one score game at 42-34, but only 18 seconds remained.  

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