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Franklin County rolls Rushville

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Franklin County’s Zach Jewell(11) stiff-arms a would-be Rushville tackler in Game 2 of the Southeastern Showdown. Eight teams — seven from within the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference — took over the Colts’ stadium for one day. The Wildcats defeated the Lions in the game, 53-20.
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Franklin County’s Bridger Bolos refuses to let go in a tackle attempt against Rushville’s Jake Vance (7) onSaturday at the Southeastern Showdown, played inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Whatever the Franklin County football team is drawing up for its running game, it needs to keep penciling it in.

In Game 2 of the Southeastern Showdown Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Wildcats ground out 408 rushing yards against a Rushville defense that didn’t have an answer how to stop them.

The result was a 53-20 victory for FC in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference contest.

Hunter Tschaenn carried the load for the Wildcats, finishing the day with 301 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

“Hunter does not get those yards, and we don’t get them as a team without the linemen and receivers doing what they do,” Franklin County head coach Wes Gillman said. “It’s really a combination of things. The kids have really bought in to what we’re trying to do here and something has really clicked with them.”

FC wasted little time setting a favorable tone for itself, scoring on each of its first two drives.

Tschaenn capped the first drive -- an 11-play journey that covered 72 yards -- with a six-yard burst at the 5:22 mark in the opening quarter. He followed that up with an 11-yard scamper with 2:53 left in the frame.

Three more times in the half the junior runner found the endzone, his longest run a 73-yarder that gave the Wildcats a 20-0 lead with 9:17 left in the half.

Meanwhile, with all the offense being generated out of the FC backfield, the defense stepped up as well.

“I thought Caleb Erfman at middle linebacker played a terrific game,” Gillman said. “Bridger Bolos had an interception and made some great tackles throughout the game, and Brady Bogan added an interception as well.”

Rushville got on the scoreboard with 4:40 left in the half, Jake Vance finishing a seven-play drive from 23 yards out. The kick was blocked, leaving the Lions with a 33-6 deficit at halftime.

Franklin County scored first in the second half (Josh Bauman 1-yard run), pushing its lead to 39-6, but the Lions rallied for back-to-back touchdowns, the second one set up with an onside kick.

Austen Gerrian scored the first on a run that covered 18 yards, and the second came courtesy of Austin Vance and Jake Vance, the former passing the ball to the latter for a 10-yard score.

The two touchdowns carved the deficit to 39-10 with 9:45 left to play. But the Lions would get no closer.

Two scores by the ‘Cats would close the scoring and provide the final margin of victory.

The win lifts FC to 3-0 on the season, but coach Gillman cautions that his charges are taking nothing for granted.

“We hit the meat of our schedule in the next few weeks, so there really is no rest at this point,” he said.

Still, the FC mentor said he was happy with where his team is, and that he believes the Wildcats can be competitive through the remaining schedule.

“We tell our kids that if they give 100% effort all the time, their athletic ability will take care of the rest,” he said.

Franklin County hosts East Central on Friday.

WILDCATS 53, LIONS 20

(at Lucas Oil Stadium)

Franklin County 13 20 6 14 — 53

Rushville 0 6 8 6 — 20

Scoring

First quarter

FC -- Hunter Tschaenn 6 yard run, Cole Rapp kick; 5:22

FC -- Tschaenn 11-yard run, kick failed; 2:53

Second quarter

FC -- Tschaenn 73-yard run, Rapp kick; 9:17

FC -- Tschaenn 24-yard run, kick failed; 8:16

R -- Jake Vance 23-yard run, kick blocked; 4:40

FC -- Tschaenn 21-yard run, Rapp kick; 0:50

Third quarter

FC -- Josh Bauman 1-yard run, kick failed; 9:17

R -- Austen Gerrian 18-yard run, Jake Vance pass from Austin Vance; 4:41

Fourth quarter

R -- Jake Vance 10-yard pass from Austin Vance, run failed; 9:45

FC -- Tschaenn 1-yard run, Rapp kick; 5:27

FC -- Austin Hill 16-yard pass from Brady Morehead, Rapp kick; 1:09

Team Statistics

First downs -- Franklin County 16, Rushville 11

Total yards -- Franklin County 454, Rushville 263

Rushing yards -- Franklin County 408, Rushville 219

Passing yards -- Franklin County 46, Rushville 44

Penalties -- Franklin County 3-25, Rushville 7-51

Fumbles-lost -- Franklin County (None), Rushville 2-1

Individual Statistics

Rushing -- Franklin County: Brady Bogan 6-26, Kristian Prows 2-7, Jacob Schatzle 1-15, Hunter Tschaenn 25-301 (6 TD), Bridger Bolos 2-4, Josh Bauman 4-55 (TD). Rushville: Jake Vance 8-73 (TD), Nick Lawler 5-2, Josiah Hay 19-105, Austen Gerrian 8-39 (TD).

Passing -- Franklin County: Brady Bogan 2-6-30 (Int), Brady Morehead 1-1-16 (TD). Rushville: Austin Vance 4-10-44 (TD, Int), Nick Lawler 0-1-0 (Int).

Receiving -- Franklin County: Zach Jewell 2-30, Austin Hill 1-16 (TD). Rushville: Evan Elmore 1-22, Jake Vance 3-22 (TD).

Punting -- Franklin County: Cole Rapp (None). Rushville: Casey Smith 3-100 (33.3 average).