CHARLOTTESVILLE — Eastern Hancock’s football team wasn’t going to mess around in a twilight with the mercury hovering around 90 degrees on Friday.
It took Royal running back Bryce Spegal just 13 seconds to power his side ahead of South Decatur, with an 80-yard gallop on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
And from there, EH left the Cougars to suffer from exhaustion, not only from the heat but from chasing Royal ball carriers and receivers in vain.
The Royals ran roughshod on SD 50-6 in the Mid-Indiana Football Conference opener for both teams, as well as EH’s first home contest of the year.
It was another powerful offensive display for the Royals, who put up 47 points in a win at Tri-Central last week.
EH ground out 353 rushing yards, with both Spencer Gilbert and Cooper Henderson eclipsing the century mark for the second straight game.
Gilbert ran for 123 yards on 20 carries and scored three times, all in the third quarter. Henderson added 115 yards on 13 attempts and Spegal had 85, all but five on the opening play.
“Our run game, I think, is our highlight right now,” Gilbert said. “It all goes to our O-line; they’ve worked so hard to be where they’re at and they’re with me the whole way.”
Center Austin Denny, guards Levi Hammond and Kody Smith, and tackles Caleb Jessup and Josh Ramage showed their experience by opening big holes for the backs all night. All are seniors except for Smith, a junior.