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Lucas Double Dip

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Connersville junior Chuck Parrett (59) puts a block on a Greenburg lineman, Saturday in Indianapolis. Parrett and the Spartans suffered a 42-0 loss to the Pirates in the Southeastern Showdown.
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Connersville quarterback Adam Kelly (2) hands the ball to Landon Cerqua in Saturday’s Southeastern Showdown game against Greensburg. Kelly, Cerqua, and the Spartans suffered a loss to the Pirates inside Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Saturday’s outcome in the first game of the Southeastern Showdown was not what the Connersville Spartans envisioned when they boarded the bus bound for Indianapolis.

It didn’t come close.

Greensburg quarterback Toby Brogan scored four touchdowns to lead the Pirates to a 42-0 shutout win over CHS in the first of four games played inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Brogan closed the first quarter with a three-yard scamper, giving the visiting team a 7-0 lead.

By halftime, the junior signal caller had added end zone runs of 4, 21 and 9 yards to push that advantage to 26-0.

His final score in the half occurred with 33 seconds left before the break. It was the third time this season that Connersville had surrendered a touchdown in the final minute of the first half.

“We played well at times but for the most part it was a repeat of week one and week two,” Connersville head coach Adam Kelly said afterward. “Throughout the game, we would take one step forward and then go two steps backward.”

Connersville’s best drive in the game was its first, when the Spartans took the opening kickoff and moved to the GHS 38-yard-line in 13 plays before the drive stalled on an incomplete pass on fourth down.

CHS failed to cross midfield again throughout the remainder of the contest.

The Spartans came close to the midfield stripe on several instances, but three turnovers -- an interception and two fumbles -- left them short of that mark.

“We have identified some things that we can focus on to help us be successful,” Kelly said. “It’s not a scheme or effort issue, there are just some things that we need to approach differently.

“I like the kids, I like the team and I like the system that we have in place. Right now, it’s just a consistency thing.”

Confidence coming into the game was not an issue for Kelly or his charges. Far from it, in fact.

“We had a lot of success in our summer scrimmage against them, so the kids really thought they would do well in this game,” the CHS mentor said.

But by the end of the third quarter, the score was 39-0 and the game was put on a running clock.

CHS would get only one full possession in the final frame but a fumble after five plays put an end to that, and left the Spartans scoreless at the final buzzer.

Quarterback Adam Kelly Jr. led the Connersville running attack, finishing with 50 yards. Landon Cerqua was next with 44 yards, followed by Gavin Lynch with 25.

Brogan led Greensburg with 116 yards on 11 carries. He finished with 111 passing yards.

“We are at a point in which we just need to believe in ourselves,” coach Kelly said. “That is our job as a coaching staff to get the kids to do that. I believe that once we get the kids to adopt that belief, we’re going to be a good football team.”

Connersville travels to South Dearborn this Friday.


(at Lucas Oil Stadium)

Greensburg 7 19 13 3 — 42

Connersville 0 0 0 0 — 0


First quarter

GB — Toby Brogan 3-yard run, Ben Bausback kick; 0:01

Second quarter

GB — Brogan 4-yard run, kick failed; 7:07

GB — Brogan 21-yard run, Bausback kick; 4:06

GB — Brogan 9-yard run, run failed; 0:33

Third quarter

GB — Jalen Woods 43-yard run, Bausback kick; 9:11

GB — Daimon Austin 1-yard run, pass failed; 2:48

Fourth quarter

GB — Bausback 48-yard field goal; 7:55

Team Statistics

First downs — Greensburg 13, Connersville 7

Total yards — Greensburg 306, Connersville 126

Rushing yards — Greensburg 195, Connersville 120

Passing yards — Greensburg 111, Connersville 6

Penalties — Greensburg 8-59, Connersville 5-45

Fumbles-lost — Greensburg 2-0, Connersville 3-2

Individual Statistics

Rushing — Greensburg: Sam West 1 -9, Corbin Mathews 1-(minus 5), Ethan Meadows 1-2, Toby Brogan 11-116 (4 TD), Isaiah Myer 3-11, Jordan Colson 1-0, Eli Moore 1-0, Jalen Woods 3-19 (TD), Daimon Austin 6-28 (TD) Tanner Thompson 1-15. Connersville: Adam Kelly 7-50, Chad Owens 1-1, Evan Shafer 1-0, Gavin Lynch 2-25, Landon Cerqua 8-44, Rudy Branstetter 1-0.

Passing — Greensburg: Toby Brogan 6-8-111. Connersville: Adam Kelly 6-12-6 (Int), Gavin Lynch 0-0-0.

Receiving — Greensburg: Cole Nobbe 1-18, Corbin Mathews 1-13, Elijah Collins 1-5, Ayden Hammack 1-27, Sharrod Richardson 1-35, Avery Moore 1-13. Connersville: Chad Owens 1-(minus 1), Evan Shafer 3-5, Rudy Branstetter 1-(minus 8), Landon Cerqua 1-10.

Punting — Greensburg: Ben Bausback (None). Connersville: Cole Martin 3-100 (33.3 average).