A win Friday over Knightstown will clinch a share of the Mid-Indiana Football Conference title for Eastern Hancock — its first conference championship since 2006.
The matchup with their closest geographic rival is about more than a conference crown for the Royals, however.
“Our kids have their eye on the prize right now,” EH coach Pat Echeverria said. “And obviously beating Knightstown and getting the Plowshare and Anvil trophy back is on their mind. And just for bragging rights.
“We’ve lost to Knightstown five years in a row and our kids have their minds focused on coming out and playing a great football game on Friday so we can stop that streak.”
Separated by less than seven miles along U.S. 40 and 1050 East near the Hancock County-Henry County border, the small-school squads have been battling for the Plowshare and Anvil since 2006. EH won the first two trophy games, but Knightstown has won the last five meetings by an average of 26 points, including last year’s 38-20 Panthers’ victory.
If there was ever a season for the Royals to beat their neighbors, this appears to be the one. Class A No. 7 Eastern Hancock (4-0, 3-0 MIFC) and Knightstown (3-1, 2-1 MIFC) share two common opponents: Indian Creek and South Decatur.