GREENSBURG — On Friday night, Eastern Hancock made off with the first of what it hopes will be five championships this season.
And the Royals again made a run at the school’s single-game scoring record.
EH laid waste to a severely-shorthanded North Decatur side 62-0 and completed an unmistakable tear through the Mid-Indiana Football Conference.
As six different Royals scored touchdowns and Spencer Gilbert went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the third time, EH copped the MIFC title outright at 5-0 and improved to 6-0 on the year.
It was the first league crown for EH since sharing the 2006 title with Shenandoah in the since-disbanded White River Athletic Conference, and its first sole conference title in 13 years.
EH also assured itself its first winning season since 2006.
“It means we’re doing something right,” senior two-way guard Levi Hammond said. “We’re starting to come together and we’re passing the ball, which is something that we haven’t been able to do (before).”
Platooning junior quarterbacks Logan Splater and Austin Lacy both tossed a pair of TDs, and those were works of beauty on both ends of the battery.
Splater found Gilbert and Austin Smith for scores, both wide open and the latter as time expired in the first half, after the Royals got the ball back after a botched punt snap by the Chargers.
Lacy’s TDs were to Hunter Knopp and Matt Bowman, as both also worked themselves open.
“They’re very competent quarterbacks,” EH coach Pat Echeverria said. “Austin stepped in at the beginning of the year and he earned the right to play, not just mop-up time. It’s a luxury at this level to have three guys who can be varsity quarterbacks.”