Chad Banschbach ran for 232 yards and scored on a 65-yard run and a 81-yard touchdown reception as Lawrenceburg (1-0) raced to 21-0 halftime lead over rival South Dearborn (0-1).
The Tigers didn't make the first victory easy for new head coach and former player, Ryan Knigga and his staff. They held off the Knights to win the marathon that lasted over three hours, however it was far from pretty. The contest saw tons of "shoot yourself in the foot" penalties, fumbles, dropped touchdown passes for both squads. Sloppy play led to missed opportunities all the way around. Everyone will go back to the drawing board on Monday with much to work on.
It was a great turnout for the opener as the stands were filled at Neary Field. The fans saw the home team get on the board first when quarterback Evan Van Strien hooked up with Morgan Barker on a scoring strike. The play was set up by a Jason Bischoff fumble recovery on the South Dearborn 16-yard line just four minutes into the contest. The senior signal-caller made the plays when he had to on this night.
The play that preceded the initial touchdown for was toss from Van Strien to Banschbach that went through the youngsters hands in the end zone. The junior tailback would redeem himself later in the first quarter with a nifty 65-yard scamper for a score. The Tigers would go up 14-0 less than nine minutes into the tilt thanks to his effort.
Banschbach would strike again catching a short pass from Van Strien and take it 81 yards to the house with 6:25 left in the first half. South Dearborn was the deer in headlights before they finally woke up and made a run after intermission. The Knights would get a touchdown run form tailback Jesse Adams and a hook up between Josh Faller and Garrett Saunders for another score in the second half, but miscues would be the downfall for the boys from Aurora.
--Postgame Interview: Chad Banschbach, Lawrenceburg
--Postgame Interview: Ryan Knigga, Lawrenceburg