ST. LEON, Ind. - It will go down as a night to remember in the annals of Rushville football.
The Lions, who went 1-9 in 2012, erased a 21-point deficit at East Central leaving the St. Leon crowd stunned and shocked after a thrilling 27-21 road victory over the reigning Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference (EIAC) champions.
With just under five minutes left in the contest, the Lions would deal the decisive blow to the home team on a 27-yard touchdown run. The Lions’ defense would hold on from there.
For the Trojans, it was their first loss in an opener in 10 years.
Rushville (1-0) is in its inaugural year in the EIAC as well, but it will play in the small-school division. This was a crossover game for both schools.
East Central (0-1) jumped out on top with a pair of touchdown runs by senior Cade Knueven. Junior quarterback Brandon Koch hit Hunter Kammer with a 7-yard scoring toss with 4:40 left before intermission.
Rushville found life just before the break to make it 21-6.
The Lions got a touchdown reception by Josh Yager to cut the lead to eight, 21-13, with 7:04 left in the third quarter. Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, Rushville scored again and converted the two-point try to draw even.
Next week, East Central will host interstate rival Harrison in the War on 74. Rushville will entertain New Castle – a team the Lions they have beaten each of the last two seasons.
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