GREENFIELD — After scoring four touchdowns three different ways against Shelbyville, Derek Conley decided to keep it simple and record four scores by a singular method Saturday against Rushville.
The senior quarterback threw for over 200 yards and four touchdowns — all of them to Brant Boles-Lattimore — as the Cougars dispatched the Lions at G-C Saturday, 33-22.
The game — which doubled as Homecoming for the blue-and-gold — was postponed from Friday night due to severe weather.
G-C (3-3, 2-2 Hoosier Heritage Conference) came out as if they had bottled up some of Friday’s rampant lightning storms with two first-quarter touchdown strikes against the visitors.
After the Cougar defense forced a fumble on the Lions’ third play from scrimmage, Conley — whose four scores against Shelbyville came on two passes, a run and a kickoff return — found Boles-Lattimore for a seven-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game.
Rushville (1-5, 0-4 HHC) followed with a three-and-out and a poor punt, giving G-C the ball on the Lion 47.
Three plays later, Josh McDonald took an end-around the distance from 36 yards out to push the home team’s advantage to 13-0 less than eight minutes into the game.
“We just came out ready to play,” Boles-Lattimore said.
The Lions did not go quietly, however. Rushville quarterback Clay Tressler hit Austin Wilson for a 64-yard catch-and-run before the end of the first quarter. Then, Tressler located an open Wilson again from 20 yards out on 4th-and-5 to give the visitors a 14-13 lead with 4:15 left in the second frame.
The Greenfield-Central defense came up with a big play before half to swing momentum, though.
With the Lions attempting to run the clock out, the Cougars forced a fumble and recovered. Conley would eventually find Boles-Lattimore in the end zone with 11 seconds remaining in the first half.
G-C seized the lead at 19-14 after the two-point conversion failed.
The hosts then blew the game open in the third quarter as Conley, who passed for 204 yards, hit Boles-Lattimore for a pair of TDs. The first one was from 53 yards out, and the second from the Rushville 23, as the junior made a leaping catch in the end zone.
“We came out and made some big plays,” G-C coach Roger Dodson said. “Brant had a big day, and Derek did as well.”
Conley and Boles-Lattimore refer to themselves as “brothers,” and their kinship through the air was evident Saturday.
“He’s my go-to guy,” said Boles-Lattimore, who finished with 166 yards receiving. “We say nine (Conley’s number)-10 (Boles-Lattimore’s number), do it again.”
Greenfield-Central’s atypical proclivity in its passing game — they entered the game with 365 passing yards on the season — was necessary as they gained just 105 rushing yards on 43 carries.
And though the Cougars limited the Lions to 204 total yards, Conley, who is a two-way starter like Boles-Lattimore, professed a need for better discipline on defense.
“We have to eliminate the big plays,” he said. “That’s all our defense talked about the game.”
With its victory, G-C not only got back to .500, but kept control of the HHC traveling helmet trophy. The Cougars will bring the headgear to Mt. Vernon Friday night, where G-C will take on a Marauder squad that has won five straight and is 4-0 in HHC play.
“They’ve really been rolling. It’s a great opportunity and challenge for us,” Dodson said. “We’ll see if we can matchup with them. We know we’re going to be playing a good football team.”
Notes: Tressler threw a 17-yard TD pass to Isaac Sliger for Rushville’s fourth-quarter score. …Greenfield-Central finished with 317 total yards of offense. …The Lions fumbled five times, recovering three. …Wilson had 122 receiving yards. …Kiefer Honeycutt and Alex Colclazier were named Homecoming King and Queen.
Greenfield-Central 33, Rushville 22
RV (1-5, 0-4 HHC) 7 7 0 8 — 22
GC (3-3, 2-2 HHC) 13 6 14 0 — 33
GC — Boles-Lattimore, 7-yard pass from Conley (kick failed), 9:23
GC — McDonald, 36-yard run (Daniel kick), 5:42
RV — A. Wilson, 64-yard pass from Tressler (Valentine kick), 4:37
RV — A. Wilson, 20-yard pass from Tressler (Valentine kick), 4:15
GC — Boles-Lattimore, 5-yard pass from Conley (pass failed), 0:11
GC — Boles-Lattimore, 53-yard pass from Conley (Daniel kick), 9:25
GC — Boles-Lattimore, 23-yard pass from Conley (Daniel kick), 2:27
RV — Sliger, 17-yard pass from Tressler (pass successful), 2:25
First downs 7 12
Rushes-yards 27-65 43-105
Passing yards 139 212
Comp-Att-Int 6-17-0 7-19-1
Fumbles-lost 5-2 2-0
Penalties-yards 5-50 2-20
Rushing: Hittle 7-10, A. Wilson 3-8, Tressler 6-6, Turner 9-29, Maggard 1-7, B. Wilson 1-5 (RV); Hosktins 13-63, Boles-Lattimore 4-0, Conley 19-18, McDonald 6-29, Team 1-(-5) (GC)
Passing: Tressler 6-17-139 (RV); Conley 9-17-204, Baggott 1-2-8 (GC)
Receiving: A. Wilson 4-122, Sliger 1-17 (RV); Boles-Lattimore 7-166, McDonald 2-36, Gellert 1-10 (GC)